Democrats cling to impeachment as candidates perish

Several Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination are either on the ropes or going belly up.

Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke ended his campaign on Friday as his supporters wailed in horror. He represented Texas’s 16th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. O’Rourke rose to prominence during the 2018 midterm election, attracting a massive following, but fell short in his bid to unseat incumbent Senator Ted Cruz.

He launched his presidential campaign in March but his poll numbers were consistently hovering below 5% leading to a drop in fundraising numbers. His base of support was simply not big enough to compete at the presidential level.

As his campaign melted down he clung strategically to the liberal use of profanity. After Seth Ator shot at people in September as he traveled on Interstate 20 in west Texas killing seven and wounding 25, O’Rourke told a crowd of supporters in Virginia “this is f–ked up.” So is this sad end to his presidential ambitions.

The Democratic party’s candidates are a pretty frightful parade of misfits. California Senator Kamala Harris’ campaign is also in dire straits. She is drastically downsizing her headquarters in Baltimore while moving her New Hampshire, Nevada, and California teams to Iowa. Her polling numbers in Iowa have averaged just 3% even though she polls slightly higher nationwide.

Joe Biden, the party’s former frontrunner, still thinks he is vice president, even though his term ended in 2017. Biden told an Iowa reporter Wednesday while discussing an environmental tax, ‘It would also help people with housing, if you were able to continue to have what we propose, and I propose, what the president and I—’ he rambled, before he caught himself.

Biden has become infamous for never quite knowing what state he is campaigning in or what era he is living in, often conflating places, dates historical events and world leaders. He is now in fourth place in the Democratic primary contest, according to a New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll released Friday.

Current frontrunner, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, just outlined a laudable plan for healthcare, but the price tag is giving voters sticker shock.

According to her campaign proposal, costs can be covered by a combination of existing federal and state spending on Medicare and other health care, combined with taxes on employers, financial transactions, the ultra-wealthy and large corporations and would, with some savings, rack up only $20.5 trillion in new federal spending. Critics insist the middle class will have to pay more taxes to fund the estimated overall cost of 52 trillion dollars.

Warren is leading the field with 22 per cent, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 19 per cent and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 18 per cent.

Harris’ former paramour Willie Brown, who served as Democratic speaker of the California State Assembly for 15 years, wrote Saturday in the San Francisco Chronicle: “If the goal was to damage President Trump by formalizing the impeachment inquiry, it’s Mission Unaccomplished for House Democrats.”

“If anything, the vote solidified Trump’s hold on power. There were zero GOP defections, meaning we have zero drama heading into the public phase of impeachment. Everyone is pretty much in the same lanes they’ve been in since the Russian-collusion investigation, the obstruction of justice investigation and every other investigation.” He urged Democrats to refrain from dancing too early on the coffin of President Donald Trump.

“Unfortunately for the Democrats, that gives people little reason to be glued to their screens when House committees take public testimony. The basic story — Trump pressured Ukraine to announce investigations into Democrats that would help Trump — is out there already. People know how they feel about it, and if you believe the polls, they’re pretty evenly split on whether the president deserves to be thrown out of office.

The only potential drama before last week’s vote was whether there might be any movement, whether any Republicans would see it Democrats’ way. Looks like they don’t.,” Brown wrote.

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi surveys the landscape, she no doubt sees the looming crisis facing her party. Is that why she has taken such a colossal gamble to drag the country down the dark road of impeachment when we are on the cusp of a presidential election?

Washington Times Opinion Editor Charles Hurt renamed her Pelosi Bonaparte Thursday, observing she “has desperately tried to throttle down the impeachment freight train that the crazies in her party have been frothing about since Election Day 2016.”

“Not because she likes Mr. Trump or wants him to be president, but because she is a smart enough politician to know that impeachment will fail to remove the president and could very well cost Democrats control of the House — not to mention assure Mr. Trump’s reelection,” Hurt shrewdly concluded.