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What is in Store for the New Democratic Majority?

Within hours of assuming control of the House of Representatives, members of the new Democratic majority suggested a 70% income tax rate; introduced articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump and used an unrepeatable profanity to describe him; and proposed the elimination of the Electoral College.

Representatives Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib

While I am not suggesting that all of the House Democrats are akin to the individuals who made these outlandish proposals and statements, by and large, the new Democratic class is politically inexperienced, having been elected in a wave year where qualifications took the backseat to vitriolic dislike of the president.

A Brookings report noted that the "'Blue Wave' is bringing record levels of educational attainment to the 116th Congress, but it's also sweeping in the least politically experienced cohort in modern history."

This lack of experience would almost axiomatically explain the outlandishness of some of the members of the new caucus.

Good governance is only secondary when the siren call of the campaign was the resistance of the president's agenda and not the introduction of meaningful legislation. This especially holds true when the people doing the governing have no experience in the field, as is the case with the new majority.

For the individuals making the aforementioned proposals and statements, a simple reminder may be of help: There is no evidence pointing to the president having committed impeachable offenses, whether the allegers point to obstruction of justice, collusion with the Russian interferers, or campaign finance violations.

The pursuit of impeachment, conviction, and removal is a fruitless diversion that will yield no results of consequence, and in fact, the only repercussions may be the reelection of Trump and a Republican House majority in 2020. This is hardly the result that Democrats hope for; in fact, I would imagine that it is just the opposite.

So, perhaps the new members can push aside their desires for Trump's removal and engage in what may be a tougher effort: meaningful negotiations with the president to reach compromise on key issues. Healthcare reform? Infrastructure funding? Immigration security? With cooperation, the possibilities are endless.

Better yet, Democratic prioritization of meaningful legislation (as opposed to the impeachment of a duly elected president) would show the American people that the House does not have a crisis of incompetence, but instead a freshman class that is untainted by the Washington muck. This revelation would bide well for the Democrats' chances of keeping the House even if Trump were to win reelection to the presidency.

Speaker Pelosi, please encourage your caucus to cease the production of impossible policy proposals and rude commentary on the president; it will only limit the potential of your new majority.