Chuck Schumer and the Democrats just went through the worst week of their political lives.
Democrats suffered one defeat after another.
But one stood above the rest as Chuck Schumer was dealt one crippling setback. This loss will haunt him forever.
When Nancy Pelosi announced that she was going to impeach Trump, the only logical explanation was that she either had insider information or that she had gone insane.
The Democrats never produced any information that was more criminal than the phone call that Trump released himself.
Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial should have taught the Democrats that impeaching the President without a really good reason is only going to backfire, but yet the Democrats tried it anyways.
They were trying to help their chances of regaining the White House in the 2020 general election through impeachment but the polls show that that strategy hasn’t worked out for them.
And they can’t even claim that impeaching President Trump was truly a bipartisan effort.
Only people who were already biased against Trump voted against him.
Mitt Romney is the only Republican who voted against President Trump in the whole process.
This is hardly surprising given the insults that Romney levelled at Trump in 2016.
“Here’s what I know,” he said before a crowd at the University of Utah. “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”
For people who came to impeachment already sure that Trump was a criminal, they could read what they wanted into the data but more unbiased people didn’t come to the same conclusions.
The question with impeachment is whether it helped Democrats sway over independent voters who aren’t blinded by their hatred towards Trump.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a centrist Republican, didn’t come to the same conclusions as Mitt Romney at all.
“I cannot vote to convict,” Murkowski told the Senate. “The Constitution provides for impeachment but does not demand it in all instances.”
“The response to the president’s behavior is not to disenfranchise nearly 63 million Americans and remove him from the ballot,” Murkowski added. “The House could have pursued censure and not immediately jumped to the remedy of last resort.”
Murkowski doesn’t like Donald Trump and didn’t like his phone call with the Ukrainian President but she is fair enough to admit that he shouldn’t be impeached.
The Democrats’ overplayed their hand, if they had chosen to censure Trump and asked the American people to remove him from office in the 2020 election, that would have been a far better strategy.
But since they’ve tried and failed to remove Trump themselves, they’ve turned the Ukrainian phone call from a liability into something that Trump can use to help rally his base.
The Democrats are so blind that they can’t see that their hatred of Trump is helping him to get a big victory in November 2020.