As we approach the next set of crossroads in this impeachment circus, the Democrats will have some difficult choices to make.
The way things stand today, the House of Representatives will vote to move forward with articles of impeachment against Donald Trump – this much is certain. But what comes next appears to be the bee in the bonnet of many, because the Senate will almost certainly acquit Trump. This makes the entire impeachment process a futile and flailing piece of political theater, but nothing more.
The only real hope that the Democrats have to make this work is to convince some Republicans that their jobs are at stake if they don’t come around to the progressive position. That won’t happen unless the American people turn heavily toward favoring the impeachment of Donald Trump.
And that just simply isn’t happening.
As the House of Representatives begins drafting articles of impeachment againstPresident Trump, two new national polls indicate a slight majority of Americans still oppose impeaching and removing the Republican president from office.
“American voters signal they are slightly more inclined not to impeach than to impeach,” Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy noted.
And the surveys – from Quinnipiac and Monmouth University – overall indicate little movement in the minds of Americans on impeachment and on Trump’s approval rating over the past month. This, following dramatic public hearings by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees that culminated Tuesday with Democrats unveiling impeachment articles alleging Trump abused the power of his office and obstructed the congressional investigation into his alleged wrongdoing.
According to the Monmouth poll – which was released Wednesday – 50 percent said the president should not be impeached and removed from office, with 45 percent calling for impeachment and removal from the White House. The numbers are little changed from Monmouth’s November poll, when a 51-44 percent majority opposed impeachment and removal.
These numbers tend to fall directly in line with the previous several months’ worth of polling, demonstrating that the American People are simply not that interested in the idea of continuing with this charade.