Sammy Sofa wrote:Meanwhile the support numbers for impeachment keep dropping, and it's increasingly unpopular in a number of battleground states.
They really better hope something flips in public sentiment before it reaches it's inevitable fizzle in the Senate. I'm kinda thinking the only thing that might do it is if Trump actually testifies like he's blustering that he wants to.
Speaking of droopy dog...most polls aren’t even going to have the last few days of testimony and we’re looking at what a couple percentage points?
Those percentage points are pretty critical in terms of the long shot hope that the Senate trial could possibly amount to something, and analysis shows a trend that the GOP's approach is working with people who were iffy/on the fence about impeachment in the first place: claiming the Trump and Giuliani were working to root out corruption in the Ukraine, and that's why they were so open about what happened, Ukraine ultimately got the aid anyway, and that people trying to say they did something wrong are spinning what happened for partisan reasons. What's consistent, especially in the battleground states* where these polls tend to be more in-depth, is that people shifting more towards opposing/being frustrated with the impeachment process is they were expecting some kind of smoking gun, like an actual audio recording, and that the GOP releasing the redacted transcript had a similar effect to how they released the summary of the Mueller Report: too many people think that's the actual transcript of "The Call," and since that doesn't out and out amount to something singularly damning, everything else turns into white noise. It sucks, but it's whats happening.
Again, the one common statement seems to be is that hearing Trump himself testify is something that could sway them either for against the impeachment process, and if he is actually dumb enough to show up at some point that's likely the only real shot of taking him down since he'd inevitably handle himself like a rambling dolt.
*And how this plays in those states is especially critical; even allowing for the last couple of days to have an impact, most of those states were already behind the curve in terms of supporting the whole process.