Impeachment Inquiry Done, Polls Dropping, Now What?
Now that the spectacle of the impeachment inquiry is done, the Democrats have only two choices facing them going forward. One is to admit failure, move on and do their job, I see little chance of this happening, or move this to the judicial committee to bring forth articles of impeachment, call up more witnesses and send this to the Senate.
The dilemma facing the Democrats is the American people are losing interest in this. The support for this, while still strong with their Democrat followers, is losing favor with the independents. To this date are unable to pull one Republican vote in on this, so this is set up as nothing but a partisan vote.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll found that 47 percent of voters favor the House voting to impeach Trump, down 4 percentage points from the share that backed it in an Oct. 11-13 poll. At the same time, 43 percent of voters oppose the House impeaching Trump, statistically in line with figures from the four other polls conducted on the issue since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced her support for the impeachment inquiry in late September. Each of the surveys has a 2-point margin of error.
After the hearings, we saw the impeachment support among independents drop by 10 points according to the same poll and one has to wonder, are the Democrats going to continue with this when only their base is holding steady, the independents, the ones they are very much dependent on are abandoning their support of this?
The problem comes with the Democratic base, if Pelosi moves to stop the impeachment from going forward, she will most likely be unseated as Speaker. If she moves forward, and something new is not shown, something that will change public opinion, she most likely will see the majority of the Democrats lose in the elections, not to mention the backlash which could be terrible for her party.
I think this will go to the judicial committee. Pelosi and the Democrats are in too far to back out now. Still, by doing this, unless they can bring up evidence that will convince the majority of Americans that this is a great idea, you are going to see polls slide even further in disfavor.
Pelosi is many things, stupid is not one of them, she is a political survivor, she knows that she is walking a fine line between becoming overrun by the new far-left activist members of her party and the need to appeal to independents to keep her party in power.
She also knows that if they move too far to the left, the Democrats will lose the middle and that will have them losing in the general elections, yet if she does not move far enough to the left, she will lose control of the far-left within her party.
This balancing act is not something I would envy, but then I find it rather delightful. I think payback for the attacks against a duly elected president makes this seem a fitting punishment. In the end, if the Democrats lose the House, can’t retake the White House, and lose even more seats in the Senate, I would say that justice has been served!