After two weeks of impeachment hearings that were calculated to inflict maximum political damage to President Donald Trump, Democrats ended up being the victims of the carnage.
They weaponized their media partners with live impeachment hearings hoping to make him unelectable. Instead the political terrain shook under them, opening up a massive fault line. Now they are the ones holding the exploding impeachment hand grenade while they grapple with the most flawed, uninteresting lineup of candidates in a generation.
Wednesday night’s MSNBC-Washington Post Democratic presidential candidate debate drew abysmal ratings, attracting 6.51 million total viewers on MSNBC according to preliminary Nielsen data published by TVNewser on Thursday.
It was the lowest rated of all their debates for the 2020 election cycle. It drew even less viewers than last month’s Democratic debate hosted by CNN on October 15. Only 8.55 million total TV viewers and 2.43 million adults 25 to 54 watched that debate.
Trump is now stronger than ever as election year approaches and is optimistically planning his own Schiff show to put Democrats in the harsh spotlight of a Senate trial.
He tweeted Saturday that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff “will be compelled to testify should the Democrats decide, despite the fact that my presidential conversations were totally appropriate (perfect), to go forward with the Impeachment Hoax. Polls have now turned very strongly against Impeachment!”
“Vulnerable Democrats are watching in horror as GOP impeachment attacks deluge their districts back home. And they want a much stronger counteroffensive from their own party and its allies,” wrote Politico reporters Sarah Ferris and Ally Mutnick on Friday.
The report noted that, “Some of those Democrats raised their concerns with party leaders this week as they prepared to leave for Thanksgiving recess, fearing that voters will be bombarded by anti-impeachment ads as families gather around the TV for parades and football, according to multiple lawmakers and aides.” Lawmakers complained that neither the party nor impeachment groups were coming to their rescue with ad dollars.
“Everyone knows you don’t just take a shot and sit there,” the lawmaker said, complaining “It’s like someone taped our arms to our side and punched us in the face.”
The impeachment jury, America’s TV audience, produced a verdict and the Democrats lost the trial. A backlash against impeachment is growing, especially among a critical voting bloc — independents. The latest national poll from Emerson College released Thursday had a big shocker for the impeachers whose motivation has always been naked political interest.
They are now faced with the grim reality that 45 percent of voters oppose impeaching Trump, versus 43 percent who support it, a 6-point drop in support from October, when 48 percent of voters supported impeachment and only 44 percent were opposed.
A shift among independents was astounding: 49 percent oppose impeachment compared to 34 percent who support it. In October, 48 percent of independents polled supported impeachment, versus 39 percent who opposed it. Emerson also found that Trump’s job approval rating jumped by 5 points, from 43 percent to 48 percent.
Trump is now leading top Democratic candidates in theoretical match-ups in Wisconsin, a critical swing state, according to a Marquette Law School poll released Wednesday. He tops former vice president Joe Biden, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
It was a shocking reversal from their October poll showing all Democratic candidates except Buttigieg beating Trump. The poll also recorded an uptick in Trump’s approval rating.
The media bludgeoning unleashed on Trump nationally and internationally did not dent his support according to Gallup’s latest poll, fielded Nov. 1-14. The disapproval rating of the president actually dropped to 54 percent from 57 percent in the previous poll. Trump’s approval rating has risen back to 43% from 41 percent in previous polling.
Their impeachment strategy has proven to be a colossal failure for Democrats. The evidence they presented during the hearings was underwhelming and at times ambiguous.
Americans understand that Congress has been handed a sacred trust to uphold the Constitution. Impeachment will unleash unforeseen consequences and turmoil as elections loom. If Democrats couldn’t find convincing evidence of criminality, it’s time to shut this process down, unless there is another reason for this pile-on that we ought to know.