Pelosi’s Political Price for Impeachment

he current conventional wisdom about the politics of impeachment is that it won’t hold much sway by the time Election Day rolls around next year. Americans aren’t ranking it as a top voting issue, and the public’s attention span is so short that it will be long forgotten after the Senate holds its trial.

But talk to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority-makers, the freshman Democrats who won on GOP-friendly turf to take back the House, and they aren’t acting nearly as confident as the Washington zeitgeist. As Rep. Elissa Slotkin of Michigan acknowledged in a Detroit Free Press op-ed upon announcing her support for articles of impeachment: “I’ve been told more times than I can count that the vote I’ll be casting this week will mark the end of my short political career. That may be.”

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