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What History Can Teach Democrats About Impeachment

Posted On: Jan 12, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Like Representative Rashida Tlaib, Bella Abzug was not one to mince words in the course of political combat. In 1973, as the murk of Watergate engulfed Richard Nixon, the feisty Democratic congresswoman from New York punched Speaker Carl Albert in the chest, in his account, and told him: “Get off your goddamned ass, and we can take this presidency!” As today, the Watergate era was a time of generational and stylistic change in the House of Representatives. Younger red-hot liberals saw impeachment as a necessary and urgent course of action, while wary elders viewed it as a drastic, politically toxic remedy. In 1973, the task of managing these two camps fell to Majority Leader Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill Jr., whose deft navigation of the Nixon impeachment process could serve as a blueprint if Speaker Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats decide to proceed with a case against President Donald Trump. Like Pelosi, O'Neill, a wheel horse from a liberal district in North Cambridge, Massachusetts, was no fan of...

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