We firmly believe that political historians will look back at 2019’s impeachment of President Donald Trump as one of the biggest unforced errors in the history of Washington. With plenty of national and swing-state polls showing several of the leading 2020 Democratic candidates with a decisive edge against Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi caved to her caucus and blundered into oblivion.
We’re not even sure she realizes yet what a jam she’s put her party in. She’s too busy patting herself on the back and making posters of herself in that dark blue dress, grinning like the Cheshire Cat, gavel in hand. She is Wile E. Coyote, one second before realizing there’s no more ground underneath his feet. The drop is going to be a brutal one, Nancy.
The effects of impeachment are already evident in the polls. A new one from Hill-HarrisX shows that President Trump is moving rapidly towards 50 percent approval ratings, which would make him a lock for reelection in November. 49% of Americans surveyed by the outlet said they approve of Trump’s job performance, which is a gain of three solid points since the first week of December. 51% disapprove, which is a inverse drop of three points.
Among Republicans, Trump remains as popular as ever, with support from 9 out of 10 GOP voters. Likewise, he remains despised by the left; only 22% of Democrats approve of his job performance. But, in the place where it counts, Trump has the support and approval of 42% of independents. Those are the voters who have grown absolutely sick of the Democrats’ games, and they are the ones who are increasingly certain that this impeachment was constructed on extremely soft ground. Sand, in fact.
In remarks to the Boston Herald, famed attorney Alan Dershowitz said that Pelosi and the Democrats were giving away the 2020 election.
“They rushed to impeach and are now slow to allow a trial. The Democrats are manipulating the system and abusing the Constitution,” Dershowitz said. “It’s a partisan move. All the polls show this is hurting the Democrats. I’m a Democrat and it’s painful to see. They are losing the middle in the name of extremism and in America, you don’t win elections on the extreme.”
Anyone with half a brain could see from a mile away how bad for Democrats an impeachment inquiry/vote would be. Trump is headed for a quick, painless acquittal in the Senate, and he will have a powerful campaign message heading into the general election. Democrats will be left holding the bag and wondering why, how, and what the hell they were thinking.