Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Poll Dance

The recent Fox News poll has a lot of Very Serious Pundits talking (including the borderline nitwit Mike Barnicle on Morning Joe who thinks America isn’t interested in impeachment anymore).  The bottom line is that, Mr. Barnicle notwithstanding, it looks dicey for the Republicans.

Polls change on a daily basis, and the attention span of the average American voter can be measured with an egg timer, but one thing has been remarkably consistent for the last three years: Trump’s approval numbers have never been over 50%, and they have wavered in the low to mid 40’s since his election.  This current poll shows the number of voters supporting impeachment and removal from office as steadily growing over the last few months as more and more of them become aware of what went on in the White House before, during, and after the July 25th phone call.  It’s all coming together: the guy’s a gangster, and a sloppy one at that.  It’s like the Corleone family was being run by Fredo.

We all know the fix is in from the git-go; that the Democratic House would vote out articles of impeachment and that the Republican Senate will conduct a trial modeled on the ones that take place in Pyongyang: Mitch McConnell and Lindsey Graham have basically said so.  Trump will be acquitted, he’ll bray about it at rallies and sell red hats, and the charges will keep on coming.  He could be impeached again, making his tenure the more notable for having been impeached more than once while in office.  But the polls seem to indicate that the Democrats have already made inroads to the 55% of Americans who do not support Trump and his Republican minions, and a day of reckoning, be it in November 2020 or some point along the way, will come.  And after he’s out of office, he’ll be subject to investigation and indictment by the Southern District of New York or any other jurisdiction that still stands for the rule of law.