The Democrats and the left are running around saying they are going to win Congress this fall and impeach President Donald Trump next year. 

There is a lot of time and space between now and then, but for the sake of argument, assuming their prediction is correct, where does that leave them?

With President Mike Pence.

President Pence will have served less than two years by the time of the 2020 election, making him eligible to win two terms on his own. Oh my gosh – 12 years of Republicans!

Mike Pence is a Boy Scout. He won’t even go out to dinner with another woman unless his wife is along. They laughed at that a year ago. However, since the “#metoo” movement, no one is laughing at him now. Robert Mueller doesn’t even want to interview him.

Who do the Democrats have to put up against him, a second- or third-generation Kennedy or Clinton, perhaps Michelle Obama?

Gavin Newsom is of the right age, fresh face, but I doubt that any states other than California (where he may be governor by then) and New York could stomach his radical far-left bona fides.

We don’t know what is going to happen; but at this point in time, the national Democrat Party is financially broke. There is money at the state and local level, but the national organization is in shambles. Doesn’t mean they can’t fix it, but they are going to have to hustle to fix it in time to put forth a unified platform by this fall (which would be a precursor for 2020).

The Republicans have $40 million in the bank.

The Koch Brothers are ready to spend $400 million on right-wing causes in this election cycle. I haven’t seen a number on George Soros’s planned spend, but that will certainly counteract the Kochs to some degree.

The Democrats have another problem, too, something like the one in 2016, when the Republicans could not find a stage wide enough to put all their presidential nominees in a line: They have too many candidates for many of the congressional offices. It costs money to winnow the candidates down to viable ones. That money, then, is not available for the main race.

The Democrats have a new organization that is attempting to address this problem. It is called “Swing Left.”

“Swing Left,” according to Time magazine, is trying something different: “Swing Left has set up what it calls district funds: pots of money that get donated to the Democratic nominee in a targeted race – whoever he or she is – as soon as that candidate wins the primary.

So far, they’ve raised nearly $4 million for the project from over 61,000 individual contributions. Says Todras-Whitehill: ‘It’s like a kick-starter, but for districts.’”

Essentially, what they are trying to do is get donors to give to specific races, not specific candidates. It is a new idea. We will have to wait and see if they can make it work.

In the meantime, the Democrats need to come up with a platform that can be sold to the whole country, not just their rabid acolytes. Sitting on their hands during the State of the Union message sent a signal. If you could not at least politely, if gently, clap for three-fourths of the items cited by President Trump, one has to ask what your objectives for the country are.

The Black Caucus sitting on their hands almost universally (there was one polite clapper in the bunch) for the citation of the lowest recorded black unemployment in history, speaks volumes.

Nothing is certain, and I am not about to make any predictions, but there are definitely interesting times ahead, no matter which way the elections go this fall.

Jim Thompson, formerly of Marshall, is a graduate of Hillsboro High School and the University of Cincinnati. He resides in Duluth, Ga. and is a columnist for The Highland County Press.