Aric Nowicki is a voter in the state of Wisconsin who is worried about the effect a report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller regarding an investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russian conspirators might have on the 2020 presidential election.
Nowicki, however, is not worried about potential damage to the president’s reelection bid. Instead, Nowicki is focused on what he sees as a potential political landmine for Democrats. Nowicki says he fears the Democrats may overhype the scandal in an effort to foil the reelection bid of a president they dislike. He fears an overzealous effort could backfire and galvanize support for the president.
At first look, it seems a blessing to Democrats if Mueller releases a report which confirms a finding President Trump collaborated with Russians to secure his 2016 election victory. The Democrats will no doubt begin impeachment proceedings if this becomes the case. However, dealing with the conclusion of the probe over the long term is not so cut and dry in the opinion of political analysts.
Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has asked members of her party to calm talks of impeachment due to the divisive nature of such talks.
The investigation conducted by Mueller is expected to be finished in a few weeks. Strategists warn that candidates that place too much focus on the finding of the report can come off as partisan to voters. This tactic can cause problems with voters in battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. All three of these states were won by Barack Obama in 2012 but went to President Trump in 2016.
Analysts also express a concern that a voice too muted on the report from Mueller could cost candidates during the fight for party nominations. The Democratic base is expected to be very interested in talks of the Russian investigation during Democratic primaries.
Democratic strategist Karen Finney suggests candidates focus on the president’s record while in office. Finney brings with her the experience of working directly with Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal. She says Democrats should remember the consequences Republicans faced for overplaying their hands at that time.
A January poll of Republican voters revealed nearly two-thirds of them believed the current investigation into the affairs of the president is an attempt by the Justice Department and the FBI to hurt the president politically. In this climate, Finney says, the Democrats must tread cautiously forward once the final report is released by Mueller.