At this point, impeaching Donald Trump is little more than an obvious media stunt.
Although polls show that quite a few Americans support his impeachment, there’s a little reminder about polls that should pause anyone zealously hoping this means something: a little more than half of Americans who answer polls are Democrats. Of course they favor impeachment.
The Czar bases his claim on the fact that the majority of polls are conducted during the day, when more Republicans are at work or at dinner. Additionally, more Republicans don’t rely on home-phone landlines. This means that people who are at home during the day to answer a landline are Democrats. Ergo, you have a disproportionate number of Democrats responding to polls. The Czar, incidentally, isn’t making that up: it’s something pollsters seem to know.
The Czar would love to see the results of a poll targeted almost specifically at Democrats. This polls would consist of two basic questions:
- What does it mean to be impeached?
- What happens to a President who is impeached?
Of course, you know the answer to both. But we would be willing to bet a small number of dollars that a large swath of Democrat voters would honestly think that, if Trump were impeached, Hillary Clinton would become president. To them, and this explains a lot of the zeal, an impeachment is a constitutional do-over. The fact of a President Pence or, failing that, a President Pelosi are more likely than a President Hillary Rodham Pufnstuf—who isn’t within a million miles of the chain of succession—doesn’t seem to temper the impeachers’ enthusiasm.
The media do not seem to be interested in instructing them, either, even though they would benefit nothing from a successful impeachment and ousting of President Trump. That’s, of course, because the media love hating on Donald Trump. At last, they have what they crave: a bad guy who in responsible for everything they don’t like.
Then you have the Democrats themselves. “High crimes and misdemeanors,” which we hear once a week now, is increasingly like a nuclear fusion: something that’s always coming next year, regardless of which year you’re in. By the time you read this, there will be a whistleblower claiming a new allegation about the President that just…won’t…seem…to…work.
Not that there’s any risk of an actual impeachment. Democrats who are actually old enough (which is quite a few, of course) to understand how impeachment works are well aware of this. That’s why Speaker Judge Judy Pelosi keeps changing the subject or downplays the idea when asked. While the under-30 Democrats are clapping their hands and do believe in fairies, they aren’t actually old enough to know how this works. Here’s how the actual impeachment would go:
The House would vote to impeach (not narrowly, but by no means overwhelmingly). The Senate would not even bother considering a trial. Dead in the water. Done.
Plus, an investigation would be disastrous. You probably think that all this nasty stuff would be uncovered about Joe Biden. You possibly think that an awful lot of bad things would be revealed about President Obama. What you may not think: that a larger percentage of Americans think you’re correct. Yep: here’s a poll you won’t see—how many Americans solidly believe that Biden and Obama are linked to the Russia-tampering nonsense. Oh boy, that’s not zero.
One of the unspoken reasons for the Democrats’ refusal to charge forward with an impeachment is because the truths uncovered would be worse for them than for the Republicans. Why else are so many Republican politicians wanting to go forward? They have a pretty good inkling of what would happen to the Democrats, and they can’t freaking wait.
And here we are: the realization, increasing among many, that the Trump impeachment story is largely theater for the benefit of very few. So why do it? Because following the humiliation of the 2016 election, which nags at Democrats every single day, the straw to which they cling is Impeachment. A straw, incidentally, that they erroneously believe will put Hillary Clinton back in the White House.