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Roll Call: “Why Pelosi should heed the Rodino precedent on impeachment”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in yesterday’s Roll Call about the latest on impeachment:

If the Democrats are resting their decision to impeach the president, or not, on political advantage rather than principles, they are on shaky ground. Instead, Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff would be wise to follow the standard that House Judiciary Chairman Peter Rodino set in 1974 as his committee moved forward with the Nixon impeachment inquiry. Unlike Schiff, whose Intelligence panel is more star chamber than objective investigation, Rodino understood that to be effective, his committee’s process and methods had to be fair to both sides.

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Roll Call: “Washington is trapped in a bad spy novel”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the latest in impeachment.

People are confused by what’s become a three-year plot that gets harder and harder to follow. They’re not sure who’s a good guy or a bad guy, and they’re worried that the whole thing won’t end well.

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Roll Call: “While Trump tweets, Pelosi prays and Schiff parodies”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call on the recent news on impeachment, and with some words for Congressional Democrats:

What I am saying to Democrats, from personal experience, is be wary of choosing this path without bipartisan deliberation and recognize the responsibility to clearly lay out the rationale for impeachment.

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Roll Call: “The contract with America’s legacy”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the 25th anniversary and legacy of the Contract with America:

The political victory produced by the Contract With America in 1994 led to six years of significant policy successes for Gingrich and the Republican majority and showed that Republican principles can produce results that dramatically improve the country.

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Roll Call: “Democratic debate moderators haven’t done American voters any favors”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston on the latest Democratic Presidential Primary debate:

It’s not a surprise that the last debate didn’t move voters. Unlike the moderators, most Americans haven’t signed on to these progressive proposals that represent the largest redistribution of wealth in the nation’s history and would turn our current economic system upside down.

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Roll Call: “Pelosi’s choice: cooperation or confrontation”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the challenges facing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as Congress reconvenes for the fall.

So as Congress reconvenes, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have to ask themselves some critical questions. Is it in the Democratic Party’s interest to cooperate with Republicans on a few key issues and in doing so, create a positive record to run on next year? Or is it strategically more advantageous to continue their policy of partisan confrontation and even impeachment, at the expense of actual legislative progress on issues that matter to voters?

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Roll Call: “Taxing the rich won’t pay for Democratic promises”

by Caitlin Peartree

The Winston Group’s David Winston on the slew of proposals being offered by Democratic Presidential Primary candidates and their hefty price tags:

Even a cursory look at the federal government’s current and future financial picture ought to caution these candidates against overpromising when voters beyond their base are growing increasingly frustrated with leaders who don’t deliver.

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Roll Call: “When we stop talking to each other, democracy dies in silence”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the intersection of social media, political discourse, and the necessity of respectful debate in a healthy democracy.

Political debate in the time of Washington and Jefferson and Adams could be harsh and personal in tone, but the anonymity of social media and its reach are rapidly changing the country’s political environment and not for the better. It’s turning democratic debate into a belligerent shouting match and that’s not good for politics or the country.

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Roll Call: “What did voters think of the Mueller circus? It wasn’t pretty”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about voter reaction to last week’s Mueller hearings.

Both the political and ideological centers responded negatively to what they heard from the hearings. The data clearly shows it wasn’t just Republicans or center-right independents who took a dim view of the Democrats’ strategic messaging. Moderate independents told us they weren’t thrilled either.

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Roll Call: “‘Squad,’ impeachment enthusiasts leave Democrats in Trump districts to fend for themselves”

by Caitlin Peartree

The WG’s David Winston writes in today’s Roll Call about the recent actions and comments of “the squad” and the potential consequences for those Democratic Members from districts that voted for Donald Trump:

Keeping the base happy seems to be paramount these days, but as Democrats reinvestigate the Mueller investigation, they seem to have all but forgotten how their fever dream of impeaching Trump might affect these 31 endangered members whose political fortunes may also determine their own.

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