The Democrats’ underwhelming impeachment show returns this week despite evidence that Americans have already tired of the plot line and characters.
The House Judiciary Committee opens hearings on Wednesday with scheduled testimony from several legal scholars. That’s right, legal scholars. Law professors.
Democrats have called Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School, Pamela S. Karlan of Stanford Law School, Michal Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Johnathan Turley of George Washington University Law School to testify Wednesday. – Source
This no-doubt-riveting testimony follows a vote in the Intelligence Committee to send its full impeachment report to the Judiciary Committee, which will draw up articles of impeachment.
Polls conducted after the first round of hearings show that despite the media hysteria around it and the “bombshell” developments, Americans weren’t swayed one way or another by the testimony. And in some swing states, support for impeachment actually dropped.
When Gordon Sondland is your biggest star, you’ve got a problem.
Despite Sondland’s “explosive” testimony, the public remains deeply divided by the impeachment proceedings, with about half supporting Trump’s impeachment and removal from office.
So what’s another round of hearings going to accomplish?
Nothing, except to give more exposure to the chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New Yorker who makes Adam Schiff look telegenic.
Nadler had invited White House officials and even President Trump to appear at the Judiciary hearings, which the White House wisely declined.
An appearance by Trump would only give more credibility and exposure to the hearings, which are driven by partisan politics — on both sides. That’s not what Trump wants.
So instead we’ll get a series of academics testifying breathlessly that the plot to pressure the Ukraine to investigate the Bidens does indeed rise to the level of impeachable offenses.
The problem is that a lot of Americans simply aren’t buying that. They know all about the “quid pro quo” and don’t believe that what the Trump administration did was enough to eject the president from his duly elected duties.
Maybe it’s because many Americans realize that the 2020 election is right around the corner, and that’s when they’ll get to decide whether Trump stays in office — not Adam Schiff or Jerry Nadler.
But Democrats seem oblivious to that reality. They’ll go ahead and impeach Trump in the House, but then the show moves to the Republican-controlled Senate.
And so far not a single Republican senator has been swayed enough by the evidence to say that Trump should go.
Every Hollywood producer knows that to have a successful drama, you need suspense.
There’s no suspense here. Just a big flop.
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