Mark A. Thiessen opines on the results of the concluded impeachment trial.

Democrats threw everything they had at Trump and he’s still standing.

BY MARC A. THIESSEN

WASHINGTON POST WRITERS GROUP

WASHINGTON Democrats’ drive to impeach and remove President Trump was destined to fail. But more than fail, it has backfired on them – strengthening Trump for the 2020 campaign and increasing his odds of winning a second term.

First, impeachment appears to have raised Trump’s approval rating to the highest point of his presidency. In mid-October, just before the House impeachment hearings began, Trump’s Gallup approval rating was just 39% – a few points above his all-time low. This week, as his Senate trial wound up, Gallup reported that Trump’s approval has risen a 10 full points to 49% – his all-time personal best. The number of Americans who want Trump removed has plummeted. In October, a 52% majority of Americans supported his removal, today a 52% majority opposes it. For Democrats, this is the very definition of failure.

Far from advancing their case for removing Trump, Democrats have convinced more Americans that he deserves a second term. Before the 2018 midterms that put Democrats in control of the House, just 41% of the country said Trump should be reelected; today, after the Democratic House’s failed impeachment effort, 50% want to give him four more years. Since impeachment began, Trump’s standing with the voters has improved by almost every measure.

Second, impeachment has energized Trump’s base. According to Gallup, the president’s approval among Republicans is now a record 94% – up six percentage points since January. The more Democrats tried to take him down, the more Republicans have united behind the president.

Third, the failure of their impeachment drive has dispirited the Democratic base. An Associated Press poll finds that just 33% of Democrats are excited about the 2020 election. At the Iowa caucuses, where Democratic voters had their first chance to show their enthusiasm for replacing Trump, turnout was a dismal 170,000 – a 30% decline from 2008, when 240,000 Iowans turned out to give Barack Obama his first presidential primary victory.

Fourth, impeachment has put moderate House Democrats in grave peril. A New York Times/Sienna College poll recently found that almost two-thirds of voters in six battleground states who cast their ballots for Trump in 2016, but then voted for House Democrats in 2018, plan to back Trump again in 2020. That’s bad news for the 31 House Democrats elected in Trump districts in the midterms. How many people are going to vote to give Trump a second term andvote for the Democrats who tried to take away their right to do so? Not many.

Fifth, impeachment forced Democrats to unlock the legislative floodgates and give Trump major victories. Democrats knew that voters saw them focusing on impeachment at the expense of getting things done, so as they voted to approve articles of impeachment, they also voted to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Trump’s tax bill that repealed three Obamacare taxes, and Trump’s $738 billion defense spending bill that created his Space Force and enacted his parental leave policy for federal workers, without restricting his use of defense dollars to build a border wall. The effect was the opposite of what Democrats intended, creating the impression that while Democrats were busy impeaching, Trump was busy governing.

Finally, impeachment has helped Trump raise an enormous war chest. In the last three months of 2019 – the period during which the House conducted its impeachment inquiry – Trump raised $46 million, giving him $102.7 million in the bank. The Senate trial will likely have a similar impact on his fundraising in the first quarter of 2020. Impeachment not only energized Republican voters, it has energized Republican donors.

And the Democrats’ self-inflicted wounds keep coming. During Trump’s State of the Union address, the House impeachment managers sat together in the chamber, sullen and stone-faced. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., broke protocol and refused to utter the traditional words of introduction – “it is my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce the president of the United States” – and then dramatically tore up Trump’s address on national television when he concluded. The image Democrats projected to the country was that of a bunch of sore losers.

Trump now goes into the 2020 election strengthened and emboldened – the first president in U.S. history to carry an impeachment acquittal into a general election. For three years, Democrats threw everything they had at Trump. They accused him of bribery, extortion, campaign finance violations, obstruction of justice, obstruction of Congress, abuse of power, conspiracy and even treason. Three years later, he’s still standing – and thanks to impeachment, he may still be standing after the dust settles in November.


Comments:
  1. On February 7, 2020 at 9:29 pm,
    cfs says:

    I believe the world economy will take nose-dive, because of nCoV.
    It does not have to be because of death, but merely infections.
    Anybody that is infected will be quarantined……consequence is a loss albeit temporary of many workers.

    If Trump gets blamed for the economic downturn in the U.S. he may have a problem with re-election. Voters can be fickle and Democrats will TRY TO BLAME Trump, regardless of whether there is justification
    .

  2. On February 7, 2020 at 10:21 pm,
    cfs says:

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/confidential-banking-records-related-to-hunter-biden-in-senate-hands-report

    Democrats are trying to impede investigation into corruption every which way they can.

  3. On February 7, 2020 at 10:30 pm,
    cfs says:
  4. On February 7, 2020 at 10:40 pm,
    cfs says:

    China is using Driverless Robotic cars (EVs) to deliver goods within Wuhan:

    https://jdcorporateblog.com/jds-robot-delivers-first-order-in-wuhan-in-coronavirus-aid-support/

    Bevos has announced Amazon will be using similar EVs starting next year to deliver goods in certain cities in U.S.