Late on the evening of Sunday, 1 March, 2018, Famiyan Mitchell, an Obama era African American Republican, was celebrating a third year anniversary of his court-ordered swearing-in as Washington DC’s chief civil rights prosecutor. That same day, Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager, reportedly proposed a slogan for the Democrat who is favored to become the next Democratic presidential nominee. It’s a slogan that resembles others pasted over there and on the ceiling of every congressional office suite.
“Hillary for Impeachment,” joked Lewandowski, to a group of his merry gang at the townhouse of a wealthy U.S. Jewish financier. They were in Washington to celebrate one of the holiday’s highlights: the annual weekend for politicos that sees them choose between elegant menus of eggplant parmesan at the Watergate hotel or rather all that sustains them at their home in Annapolis, Maryland.
Trump’s former campaign manager, who has since become a host on the travel channel on which he starred as a teenage mover for Donald Trump’s real estate business, pointed to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 29-year-old Bronx socialist who had defeated Dennis Andrzejewski, an experienced, little-known congressperson (and also a Sanders supporter).
“Did you see Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?”
“She’s dynamite,” Lewandowski said.
“She’s known across the nation,” Mitchell said.
Their eagerness to join a circle of young progressives has made Ocasio-Cortez increasingly popular among the senators and representatives in attendance, all drawn here, among others, by a desire to remain relevant and fed to through a more active blog and social media presence than most incumbents. (The only real challenge, they might be the only ones, to their aggressive and public advocacy on behalf of their causes.) The only dissenting point of view?
“I don’t believe that’s an impeachable offense,” Lewandowski said, not liking his idea to raise the possibility of criminal prosecution against the president.
The crowd laughed, then laughed some more. Lewandowski abandoned the idea of an impeachment slogan for hours as Senator Warren stuck around during her interview with “Meet the Press” to discuss her latest policy initiatives.
Lewandowski would have liked an answer about whether he considered the president to be a mentally unstable sociopath.
“I’m not going to get into the psychology of individual families. I’m not gonna get into whether you should in fact for a period of time have an executive order saying no one under the age of 22, no pregnant women under the age of 22 are ever allowed on an airplane,” Lewandowski said, pivoting to the subject of extending Medicaid to crack down on opioid addiction. (This, which appears to be backed by some left-leaning lawmakers.)
“But if you’re gonna have that executive order, just make it the area that you have the infrastructure to do it,” Lewandowski concluded. “You don’t need an executive order to send people a text from the president saying, ‘Hey we’re gonna increase the minimum wage in an industry.’”
That line wasn’t funny anymore. The group at the harbor started laughing some more. They groaned, hands covering their faces and typing away like writers in their late 20s.
The non-financial portions of their group exercises will continue throughout the day, as will the intense discussion of policy and tactics on the Trump administration’s impact on the various Democratic congressional caucuses.
Mike McCaul of Texas was scheduled to give a keynote address in which he would attempt to simplify the answer to the following question: Have we seen an evolution in the policy of Donald Trump?
“I think this president is the same,” he said. “I think it’s his character, which I think is under scrutiny now more than it was under his predecessor.”
Another member of the audience was exulting.
“I think this is great,” the woman said. “I would love to know if that table gets a crystal white.”