This month was supposed to be the one that drove House Democrats all the way to the finish line. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, we’re living through “Impeachment August,” an initiative put forth by a dozen progressive groups who were hoping that a snazzy title and a hashtag would help them persuade enough lawmakers to join the impeachment effort to actually get this trial a-started. Unfortunately, as with most things the left tries these days, this is turning into an abject FAIL. With less than two weeks left in the month, the groups have seen only nine more House Democrats put their support behind the impeachment of Donald Trump.
“The focus of ‘Impeachment August’ is on the minority of House Democrats who have not endorsed impeachment proceedings yet, with a particular goal of getting the freshmen elected in swing districts to take a firm position,” reports the Washington Post. “So far, no swing-seat Democrat who was skeptical about impeachment before the start of the recess has been converted.”
The groups, which include Indivisible, Move On, and Tom Steyer’s Need to Impeach, started off the month with high hopes of crashing town hall meetings and forcing on-the-fence Democrats to see things their way.
“This August, we’ll show up to town halls & district offices to tell our members of Congress to do their jobs and open a formal impeachment inquiry now,” said the Impeachment August website.
Although a slim majority of House Democrats are on record supporting impeachment, they do not yet have the blessing of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who continues to see it as a terrible political blunder. Only 37% of voters support an impeachment trial, and with the amount of attention Democrats and the media have already drawn to Trump’s supposed wrongdoing, there’s little reason to think that number will climb once impeachment proceedings begin. Perhaps that’s why even Rep. Jerrold Nadler, an outspoken proponent of beginning those inquiries, has yet to officially throw his name into the pro-impeachment hat. Better to just ride the line and throw some red meat to the base every now and then.
Truth is, impeachment was dead the moment the Mueller report landed. Indeed, it was probably dead long before that, because nothing short of a secret pee tape was ever going to swing the Senate around to the pro-impeachment side of the issue. And we now know, of course, that talk of pee tapes and secret Russian oil deals and all the rest came from the fevered imagination of Christopher Steele rather than from reality.
Maybe the folks behind Impeachment August don’t know that yet.