Democrats are in way too deep to jump ship now. But that’s exactly what they wish they could do.
Consider Adam Schiff’s recent wording on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The House Intelligence Committee chairman said there were definitely grounds for impeachment. (Sort of like there was definitely proof of collusion.) But Schiff back peddled faster than an illegal to an anti-Trump rally when he added that he needs to “discuss this with my constituents and colleagues before I make a final judgment on this.”
In other words, Schiff didn’t just open a can of worms. He opened a can of whoop ass.
Fox News elaborates:
Jake Tapper, the show’s host, asked how the leader of the House impeachment drive could possibly waiver. Schiff responded that he wanted to be sure that impeachment based on the evidence collected was what “the founding fathers had in mind.”
Uh-huh. More likely, Schiff is panicked that his unfair inquiry has been a complete flop for Democrats. The public is turning against the drive to boot President Trump from office, causing speculation that Democrats will shy away from an official vote to impeach.
Trump added to that speculation, telling the hosts of “Fox & Friends” on Friday that he didn’t expect House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to authorize such a vote. Given the inability of Democrats on the inaptly named Intelligence Committee to produce a compelling case, some think Pelosi might instead consider a vote to censure the president.
If Democrats walk away from impeachment now, Schiff and his enablers will not just have egg on their collective faces, they will have an entire omelet.
Not happening. If Democrats walk away from impeachment now, Schiff and his enablers will not just have egg on their collective faces, they will have an entire omelet. After two years of trying but failing to prove that Trump’s campaign had colluded with Russia, Democrats dove all-in on his purported misbehavior in Ukraine. To abandon their zealous prosecution (some would say persecution) of the president now would be devastating.
Just like the impeachment investigation.
If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that money talks. And I don’t recall a single month where Democrats out-raised Trump.
In fact, back in August, we learned Trump’s fundraising marked a major shift in the GOP. Before Trump, Republicans were known for utilizing their big-money donors. But now, more than 60% of donations are coming from small-money donors.
Why is that so important? Because it means every day Americans are mobilized to back the President. And impeachment only strengthens their resolve.
Fundraising has exploded for the GOP, with the Republican National Committee reporting it hauled in $25.3 million during October and had $61.4 million in the hopper at month’s end.
In contrast, the Democrat party machine brought in a mere $9 million. At the end of last month, the Democratic National Committee was $7 million in debt and had only $8.7 million in the kitty.
Hard Times at the DNC
It’s clear Democrats bit off far more than they can chew. And this time, it’s worse than the Russian investigation, because this is the second big crash and burn.
It’s pretty obvious how scared Democrats are becoming.
Politico reports that Democrats in Trump-won districts, anxious the impeachment drive is destroying their reelection prospects, are begging for help from the national committee. The GOP has unleashed a slew of ads targeting vulnerable Dems, with little response so far.
Guess what? The DNC is running short on ammo.
While early surveys indicated widespread support for the investigation into Trump’s commerce with Ukraine, the tables have turned.
Displeasure with the impeachment push is also showing up in the polls. While early surveys indicated widespread support for the investigation into Trump’s commerce with Ukraine, the tables have turned. A recent Emerson poll shows 45 percent of voters oppose the impeachment push while 43 percent support; a month earlier 48 percent supported impeachment and 44 percent were against it. Perhaps more significant for Democrats hoping to regain the White House in 2020, support among independents has nosedived. Some 34 percent approve of the push today, down from 48 percent in October.
Adding insult to injury, Trump’s approval rating has actually gone up, not down, over the past month. And, the stock market keeps hitting new highs.
How many times will Democrats fail before they just give up? First, we proved no collusion. No obstruction of justice. Then, Mueller failed to unseat the President. So the Democrats’ poorly-executed coup was exposed, and their response? They shift gears to the Ukraine, looking for quid pro quo. (While ignoring the real criminal activity of the Bidens.)
It’s bad enough that Adam Schiff sits on top of this so-called inquiry. But as he shapes up to be the next big failure, Democrats simply shift gears.
Back to Fox:
Notwithstanding these obvious red flags, Democrats are now preparing to take their case to the Judiciary Committee, chaired by the wobbly Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y. Act one for Nadler was overseeing the hearings that featured Robert Mueller, after the special counsel concluded that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia.
In advance of those hearings, Nadler told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” he hoped “it won’t end up being a dud.” It was worse than a dud; Wallace later claimed it was a “disaster for the Democrats and I think it’s been a disaster for the reputation of Robert Mueller.”
That’s what we have to look forward to, as the Judiciary grabs the baton from the Intel Committee.
It’s another review of another not-yet-written report. But Trump calls their bluff, asking for a full-blown trial to fully exonerate him. Then we can bet Trump will make sure witnesses like Hunter Biden are called out in the open.
The GOP could dredge up plenty of unpleasantness about former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, and possibly about issues such as why a high-ranking Ukrainian politician gave millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton served as secretary of state.
Republicans would be smarter to fast-walk the process through the Senate, where, given the GOP majority in that chamber, Trump will prevail on a vote to impeach. The GOP occupies the high ground, with an aggrieved president who has plenty of accomplishments to tout on the campaign trail. Including, being exonerated on both Russiagate and Ukrainegate. Voters are tired of looking backwards.