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Could someone please explain about the following 2 paragraphs.

"Conservative pundits, meanwhile, are salivating over polling from Quinnipiac that shows impeachment to be a true wedge issue that commands overwhelming support from rank-and-file Democrats while the mass public expresses profound unease.

Indeed, the smarter pundits are already laying the groundwork for the argument that if congressional Republicans go out of their way to cooperate with Trump’s ongoing efforts to tear down the rule of law, Democrats will have only themselves to blame for their misguided efforts to uphold it by impeaching him."


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Republicans facing bad news in House generic ballot polls and worse news from actual special election results have found a new thread of hope: If President Donald Trump’s unpopularity is the source of their problems, then perhaps rank-and-file Democrats’ zeal to remove him from office can be their salvation.
Starting earlier this month, GOP groups have been talking up the threat of impeachment to motivate their base, and Democratic Party leaders have tried to avoid talking about it.

Conservative pundits, meanwhile, are salivating over polling from Quinnipiac that shows impeachment to be a true wedge issue that commands overwhelming support from rank-and-file Democrats while the mass public expresses profound unease.

Indeed, the smarter pundits are already laying the groundwork for the argument that if congressional Republicans go out of their way to cooperate with Trump’s ongoing efforts to tear down the rule of law, Democrats will have only themselves to blame for their misguided efforts to uphold it by impeaching him.

Congressional Democrats, meanwhile, are probably right to think that running on an impeachment platform isn’t the best way to win in 2018.

But their preferred strategy of evading the issue has some obvious shortcomings. Their base wants impeachment, Republicans want to talk about impeachment, the media likes impeachment stories, and Trump’s conduct and unfitness for office are obviously the central issues in American politics and can’t just be swept under the rug.

Democrats need to confront this topic by laying out a specific agenda to confront Trump and check his abuses of power, while also being clear that they are not going to let the congressional docket be dominated by a completely futile drive for impeachment.

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