A New Jersey Democratic member of Congress is preparing to leave his party and join the GOP in reaction to the ongoing impeachment hoax targeting President Donald J. Trump.
Jeff Van Drew, who represents New Jersey’s Second Congressional District, is reportedly in ongoing negotiations with congressional Republicans and the White House about joining the Republican Party.
Talks between Van Drew and Republicans began earlier this week. He informed his staff that he’s planning on making the switch to the GOP on Saturday. A personal meeting with President Trump apparently provided the final motivation he needed to change his party.
CONFIRMED: Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew has informed staff he is SWITCHING PARTIES and will become a Republican, following a lengthy meeting w/ Trump.
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) December 14, 2019
Democrat leaders have mounted a last-ditch effort to keep him in their party that has failed.
Van Drew is a first-term member of the House who was elected in 2018. He’s made noise in the House Democratic Caucus by vocally opposing attempts to impeach President Trump for withholding foreign aid to Ukraine. He’s one of the two House Democrats who voted against opening the doomed impeachment inquiry against the President.
Members of Congress don’t often change their parties while in office. A defection would represent an embarrassment for House Democrats and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
As the demand for a highly unlikely impeachment consumes the Democratic Party, it appears that the broader American public is largely ignoring the dramatic proceedings in the House, led by Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff. American voters overwhelmingly oppose impeaching the President and it appears unlikely they’re even closely following the spectacle.
Having now lost one member of their caucus as a result of the impeachment hoax, congressional Democrats stand poised to lose even more of their members in the next election should they continue to ignore everyday pressing political issues in favor of pseudo-dramatic impeachment plots.
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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