Democrats announced articles of impeachment on Tuesday as they insisted on playing with a ticking political time bomb.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY), flanked by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and the chairs of four other panels, unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
It should have been a moment of triumph but instead it was a sad spectacle, the glum faces of lawmakers illuminating the abject failure of ‘The Resistance.’
The full realization that they were signing their political death warrants was evident. Even Miss Impeach 45 herself, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), looked downtrodden and somber as she awaited her fate.
After their three-year battle to frame the president as an illegitimate threat to the free world, Democrats have now put themselves, not the president, above the law. Under the Constitution, the criteria for impeachment are treason, bribery, high crimes and misdemeanors. They have failed to provide compelling evidence the president committed any impeachable acts. They should be challenged in court on the grounds that these articles of impeachment are not constitutionally permissible.
Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine “compromised our national security and threatened the integrity of our elections,” Nadler said.
“Throughout this inquiry, he has attempted to conceal the evidence from Congress and from the American people. Our president holds the ultimate public trust. When he betrays that trust and puts himself before country, he endangers the Constitution, he endangers our democracy and he endangers our national security,” he claimed.
The House leaders tellingly took no questions after making their announcement. The Judiciary Committee will vote by the end of the week on the charges and send them to the House floor for a full vote before Christmas. If they garner enough votes to pass them, the charges will go to the Senate for a full trial.
They face unanimous opposition from Republicans and are not expected to gain a single vote from the minority. Observers predict they may lose some Democrats, even though the articles of impeachment are expected to pass.
Former Federal Prosecutor Robert Ray told Fox News Tuesday, “despite what you just heard from Chairman Nadler, neither one of those is a high crime or misdemeanor. So we have not passed through an investigation over the course of the last several months where it’s not treason, it’s not bribery, it’s not extortion, it’s not a foreign an illegal foreign campaign violation it’s now whatever a majority of the House of Representatives that is controlled by the Democrats say it is, which is abuse of power, abuse of conduct and an inter-branch dispute.”
The president tweeted early Tuesday morning: “To Impeach a President who has proven through results, including producing perhaps the strongest economy in our country’s history, to have one of the most successful presidencies ever, and most importantly, who has done NOTHING wrong, is sheer Political Madness .”
The White House attacked, “this partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump Administration and the results of the 2016 election.”
Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale issued a statement: “Americans don’t agree with this rank partisanship, but Democrats are putting on this political theater because they don’t have a viable candidate for 2020 and they know it.”
Democrats are sinking fast in polling quicksand of their own making. A Firehouse/Optimus December Battleground State Poll released Sunday finds that a majority of likely 2020 voters do not support the impeachment and removal of President Trump from office. Impeachment and removal is opposed by 50.8% of voters in Michigan, 52.2% of voters in Pennsylvania, and 57.9% of voters in Wisconsin.
When asked about whether congressional Democrats should be spending their time impeaching Trump or focusing on policy issues, a majority of voters in battleground states, an average of 60 percent and more, chose “focus on policy issues.”
The media, which once salivated in glee at the prospect of an impeachment ratings extravaganza, were shocked at the level of disinterest the public displayed in marathon live hearings, failing to garner more than thirteen million viewers on its first day and sliding slowly downward after that, according to Nielson Media Research.
Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press’ White House political reporter, had predicted the president’s implosion on MSNBC’s Deadline Whitehouse in September.
“He’s going to face days upon days where there isn’t going to be any other story. This is going to be the story for a while now. This could gravely wound the president next year, and he is then beaten by whoever he faces,” said Lemire.
Months later, the Resistance networks are mired in low ratings. CNN, which has become Resistance Central, pushing impeachment talking points around the clock, has plummeted in the ratings.
The network logged its lowest primetime-viewership ratings in three years during the week of Nov. 25-Dec. 1, attracting an average of 643,000 viewers from 9 to 11 p.m., versus 2.2 million for Fox News Channel and 1.3 million for MSNBC, according to Nielsen.
Democrats are determined to give Americans a Christmas gift of impeachment that they don’t want. It is a stark reminder that politics is a blood sport and they will end up being the victims of their own folly.