"The day after the results are in, Trump will without the slightest evidence of unease or hesitation pivot to being a non-partisan supporter of DACA guarantees, comprehensive immigration reform, infrastructure spending, guarantees for those with pre-existing conditions, and whatever else Democrats want that does not negatively affect his own financial interests. Overtly, covertly, or implicitly, but in all events unmistakably, he will communicate it to Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he will work cooperatively with them for the next two years so long as they squelch the Democratic lust for investigations of him or his family and allow him to summarily shut down the Mueller probe.
This will pose a terrible dilemma for the Democrats, and I fear there is a grave danger that they will succumb, in which case they will pave the way for Trump’s re-election and the death of what remains of constitutional democracy in America."
It turns out I was exactly correct.
How should the Democrats respond to Trump's press conference today?
1. They should make a great show of cooperating with Trump while passing a series of bills, which they send to the Senate, calling for:
a. Guarantees of protection for those with pre-existing conditions
c. Protection for DACA recipients
d. Comprehensive immigration reform
e. Reuniting of children separated from their parents
f. Protection of the Mueller investigation.
Let the Senate refuse to pass these and send them to the President. They will become the platform of the 2020 campaign.
2. Meanwhile, the leadership should allow the several committees to initiate whatever oversight investigations they wish.
3. They should leave impeachment strictly alone until Mueller issues his report. If, in effect, he labels Trump an unindicted co-conspirator in impeachable acts, they should allow that report to simmer and bubble until they see whether Republicans decide they want to get rid of Trump. Only when they have 2/3 of the Senate should they initiate impeachment proceedings.
Why do I say this? Because a failed trial in the Senate would be far worse than no trial at all. Recall what Ralph Waldo Emerson said. "When you strike at a king, you must kill him."
Recall as well that if Trump is removed from office, we get Pence. Far better to have a weakened, disgraced, and damaged Trump running for re-election.