One of the more annoying traits of today’s Democrats (I know, it’s hard to narrow it down) is the condescension. If you don’t agree with them, it’s always because you’re either evil or stupid. If they want to be diplomatic, they suggest you’re just ignorant, but possibly teachable. That’s the thrust they’re taking with next week’s Jerry Nadler-led Impeachment 2.0 reboot. They’re saying that obviously, the public that’s turning against impeachment just doesn’t understand the serious crimes against the Constitution represented by Trump thinking that he makes foreign policy rather than unelected Foggy Bottom bureaucrats, or his not wanting to give a pile of our tax money to a corrupt government that might simply steal it. So they’re going to lecture us until we see the light. At Christmas time.
I predict this will go over about as well as surprising your family with tofurkey on Thanksgiving.
While Nadler attempts to whip this dead horse back into Kentucky Derby contention, signs are that wiser heads among the Democratic establishment realize what a disaster this is and are desperate to back away quietly before they end up in the Senate, where real witnesses will be called to testify. For instance, there was the strange case of Michigan Rep. Brenda Lawrence, who’s been calling for Trump’s impeachment practically since the minute he took office, then suddenly flip-flopped to censure, then after getting the predictable Twitter outrage, flip-flopped back to impeachment.
Despite Lawrence’s flip-flopping back and forth like a trout on a hot dock, several liberal newspapers, such as the Chicago Tribune, are suddenly running editorials suggesting censure instead of impeachment. I don’t know whether they’re trying to send a message to the Democrats, or if Democratic leaders put out the word to them to push this idea, but either way, someone smells disaster brewing on the impeachment front. (Incidentally, does anyone else find it hilarious that a newspaper in CHICAGO would be horrified at the idea of a politician demanding a favor before handing out government largesse? I don’t even believe Trump did that, but I really don’t believe anyone in Chicago would be offended by it. Isn’t that how Chicago is run?)
One of the few voices of reason left in the Party, pollster Doug Schoen, is also urging fellow Democrats to get over their impeachment fever, vote for censure and move on.
What’s really behind this “censure” trial balloon? The first post-hearing polls are out. They show that the more Americans saw of Adam Schiff’s pathetically thin “case” against Trump, the less they favored impeachment (Schiff has a personality that’s tailor-made for untelevised, locked-door hearings.) And it’s not just Republicans and Independents who oppose impeachment. Democrats are also curbing their enthusiasm. The erosion is so obvious, they’re even starting to notice it on CNN!
Worst of all for Democrats, support for impeachment among Hispanics has dropped from 73% in October to 48%. Among blacks, it’s plummeted from 58% to 37%.
The only bright spot for Democrats in the new polls is that 86% of MSNBC viewers still want to impeach Trump. Someone with a calculator, let me know: how many is 86% of three dozen people?