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Monday, November 04, 2019

Suppose they gave an impeachment and nobody cared?

Official Washington is obsessed with impeaching President Donald John Trump and has been for three years. But in covering the presidential race in Iowa, Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic found even hardcore Democrats in America could not care less.

He wrote, "The impeachment fight is all-consuming. It’s the biggest story in politics. No one is talking about anything else — except pretty much everywhere outside of Washington."

The politicians act accordingly.

He wrote, "Yet of the 13 candidates there, just one mentioned impeachment: Tom Steyer, the billionaire activist whose political group and TV ads over the past two years have helped mainstream the idea of removing the president. Steyer argues that his long record of being outspoken in favor of impeachment is a key part of why people should support his candidacy, yet his mention of impeachment Friday night got a warm but not overwhelming response. For the rest, despite all their Trump bashing that the crowd ate up — starting with Iowa Democratic Party Chair Troy Price’s introduction with 'Let’s beat Donald Trump and send his ass back to Russia!' — impeachment was absent."

Steyer is a fool who thinks he can pull off what Donald Trump did. But pulling off the Greatest Upset in Presidential History requires genius, timing, and decades of dedication to becoming a household word. When did The Simpsons show Steyer running for president years before he ran?

Tom Steyer is a nobody.

The 12 real candidates know not to talk about impeachment because it is a loser issue.

Impeachment is a dog because the Mueller report vindicated President Trump. Democrats had one shot at him. They missed. Their supporters see them as incompetent. Trump's supporters laugh at them.

Gina Raimondo, Rhode Island’s governor and the chair of the Democratic Governors Association, talked to the Atlantic reporter.

He wrote, "Somehow, Raimondo said, Democrats are expected to say that Trump has committed impeachable offenses and that they’re on board with how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is moving through the process, and also to not say anything about impeachment at all. The hyper-engaged and serious-minded may find this hard to accept, but even with every day’s news out of the White House seeming like a point-by-point rebuttal to The Federalist Papers, most Americans still see the chaos of the moment as another case of politicians in Washington fighting with one another — like when the Tasmanian Devil used to spin off in whirlwinds of fury while the rest of the Looney Tunes characters looked on."

Impeachment requires a crime. ("The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.") Americans know there is no crime. That is why no real presidential candidate wants to talk about it.

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