• Democratic Congressman Leaving Party Over Impeachment — Hello, Republican Party!

    Surge Summary: Word is New Jersey Democratic Congressman Jeff Van Drew is heading toward switching over to the Republican side of the political aisle. That’s certainly positive news for the GOP – but some cautions may be in order.

    One of the only Democratic congressman to openly resist President Donald Trump’s impeachment was New Jersey’s Rep. Jeff Van Drew (N.J.). Now, reportedly, he’s taking a further step: switching political parties altogether; becoming a Republican.

    Politico related that “the question now was when, not if, Van Drew was joining the Republican Party.”

    The Blaze’s/Chris Enloe passes along additional details:

    The Washington Post reported:

    Officials said Saturday that Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, a vocally anti-impeachment Democrat, will join the Republican Party in the coming days following a Friday meeting with President Trump — a move that would put a political chill on the Democrats’ expected vote to impeach Trump next week.

    Two Democratic officials familiar with Van Drew’s discussions in recent days said they believe he has decided to switch parties. The White House meeting was confirmed by a Trump administration official and one of the Democratic officials.

    Per the New York Times, formalizing word of Van Drew’s transition to the GOP is on the way – an announcement is planned for some time next week.

    Van Drew, who defeated a Republican in 2018 to take over New Jersey’s second congressional district, is one of the most conservative members of the Democratic Party. Van Drew and Rep. Collin C. Peterson (D-Minn.) were the only two Democrats to vote against the House resolution that formalized the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry against the president.

    Enloe suggests a pair of incentives that likely provoked the Garden State lawmaker’s switcheroo:

    First, Van Drew’s impeachment opposition would have slimmed his chances of winning a Democratic primary next year. Second, the Republican Party had already indicated that it was targeting Van Drew in its effort to retake control of the House. Because the Senate will most likely acquit the president, being a Republican is political advantageous for Van Drew and his 2020 re-election.

    Oddly, news of Van Drew’s pending Democratic Party abdication materializes a mere four days after he rather strenuously denied the possibility: “I’m not changing anything — just doing my job. I’m still a Democrat, right here,” he told reporters Tuesday, according to the Post.

    Hmm. If Van Drew, in fact, does end up becoming an official member of McCarthy, Scalise and Company that will mean it’s probable he launched his tenure with them on the heels of … well … a lie (“I’m not changing anything”). Gaining another member of their caucus is agreeable news, no doubt, for Republicans. That lying part, though? Not the finest way to kick off things.

    Sometimes a blunt, “No comment” is the way to go in a ticklish situation.

    Secondly, remember, conservatives, this political stuff is not supposed to be about rooting for a team (Dems v. Repubs v. Independents, etc.) It is intended to be about promoting sound and sensible ideas that will steer the country in the direction desired; the proper direction. Someone who remains a Democrat at heart, who ends up as another moderate squish, but who agree to wear the jersey with the big “R” on it, might help fatten the GOP’s numbers; but he can carry with him malign, diluting influence which, in the long run, doesn’t advance the cause of constitutional governance.

    This is not to say Van Drew is ineluctably headed that way. But vigilance stands in order.

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