Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D – California) announced yesterday that the House would be moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. I personally found the news about as shocking as the sun rising each morning.
In some respects, I’m surprised its taken this long. After all, it seems Democrats were talking impeachment before the man even attended his own inauguration ceremony. And from that time to now, President Trump would say its been one “witch hunt” after another.
Regardless of how you feel about the President, I think you’ll admit that the onslaught against him has been constant. Obviously those who absolutely despise the man are in favor of doing just about anything to oust him. Heck, some people would probably go for anything. After all, at least one lawmaker from Missouri expressed her hope that he’d be assassinated— though she later said that she didn’t wish him any harm, but had made the comment out of frustration.
Yet, what has the hatred and constant allegations of impropriety from Democrats gotten them? At this point, not much. Heck, even one liberal author speculated today that if impeachment were to become a reality, that a President Mike Pence wouldn’t be any “less dangerous”:
“The people I met in Indiana showed me that the defining experience of a Pence presidency would be all-consuming fear. Two years into Trump’s presidency, that may feel all too familiar. Pence’s greatest threat, in other words, may lie not so much in how different he is from Trump, but in how much his presidency, for the most marginalized among us, would feel the same.”
NPR published an article today in which the author shared this observation:
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been adamant in her resistance to impeachment proceedings that have neither bipartisan backing nor broad public support. She had already served a decade of her House career at the time of Clinton’s impeachment and acquittal, and she saw how his approval ratings actually rose at that time and through his remaining time in office.”
So, for Democrats, at best they would get President Mike Pence. At the very worst, they might actually make Trump more popular and end up with a two-term President that seemingly causes them loss of sleep and bouts of PTSD.
How will all of this turn out exactly? Time will tell. What I do know is this— Donald Trump is a political enigma. He’s certainly unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
When all the political dust settles from this impeachment inquiry, Democrats had better hope that their case against the President is impeccable. Otherwise, they run the risk of making their own situation worse, not better.
Make no mistake about it, this move could possibly energize and motivate supporters of Donald Trump in a way that we’ve not seen before. Put that together with what is perceived as a thriving economy, a group of Democratic presidential candidates suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, and we might just see another Trump victory in 2020.