Thanks for bringing up the crux of the matter which is ‘now what?’
Now that we have read enough of the Mueller Report to know that the R’s/Barr stole it’s thunder and maneuvered the public opinion to emphasize - ‘nothing to see here…no collusion, and no obstructionism.’
The most viable plan Pelosi is promoting is not to impeach, get those investigations going, get some legislation done…infrastructure perhaps but get the Dems ready to take more seats back come 2020.
The big BUT is that impeachment proceedings will get STOPPED by the R’s clearly wanting to stay in power. And the polling shows that less than 1/3 of the people now want him impeached. That is a very steep climb.
There is a thought that if Dems proceed with more subpoenas and investigation via Congressional powers we could expose more of T’s wrong doing, and get more public sentiment against him, and thereby getting the public to be disgusted by him and want him out…but use impeachment as a cudgel should he get re-elected…(which is beyond abhorrent to believe.)
The messaging from the R’s now is to set up smoke screens and delay, stall, deny the subpoenas…even if it is unlawful to do so. It might take a Supreme Court decision to get the subpoena enacted but there’s the conservative bias and it might not get through to approval in time for the next election.
I do think Dems need to mobilize, and get an actionable plan. Can the 20 candidates be too big a field and too debilitating to get a solid backing…? Anyone but T?
The two things that might break this stalemate is to
get some R’s to be more vocal against T…which they are behind the scenes, but not publicly.
Get some extremely damning evidence, like tax returns…more Russian meddling etc and get the public outraged.
The R’s are quick to shoot down and make up their own narrative which the press and resisters have been battling now for 2 + years.
It will be a multi-pronged approach…but I tend to believe in Pelosi…she is pretty artful in getting things done, seeing the through line (T not worth it, we will take power in 2020, get our legislative needs/messaging out there.) The Maxine Waters and perhaps maybe Nadler, although I do like what they say, may and are getting pegged as zealots, and it is too easy for T to trounce them. I believe in Nadler though…he has a thoughtful manner and is aggressive.
I do believe that most of the public…more than half do not want him any more as president, and he will be voted out. That may be my final answer. and I know we need more firepower than a hope that that will happen.