This week, the nation was subjected to partisan impeachment hearings orchestrated by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA). The process has been unfair to Republicans and to the target of their investigation, President Donald Trump. Over three days, nine witnesses testified about the President’s involvement with Ukraine and his supposed demand for a “favor” in return for military aid and a White House visit.
Most of the witnesses relied on hearsay and did not directly talk to the President. The result of the process has not been a “smoking gun” confirming any sort of crime committed by President Trump. Instead, the American people are being turned off by the entire stunt. Despite coverage on all the broadcast and cable news networks, only 13.1 million people watched the first day of the hearings. This is a sharp decline from the audience of over 20 million Americans who watched the Judge Brett Kavanaugh hearings or the 19 million Americans who watched the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.
It seems the American people are tiring of the entire impeachment saga, since it has been championed by Democrats during the entire three years of the Trump administration. According to a new poll by Emerson College, support for impeachment has dropped to only from 48% to 43% in the last month, while opposition has increased from 44% to 45%. The Emerson College poll also showed that the President’s approval rating has increased from 43% to 48% in the last month.
Overall, these results should worry Democrats who are putting all their political hopes on impeachment. Other than pursuing the President with multiple investigations, House Democrats do not have much of an agenda. There has been little to no action on healthcare, the opioid crisis, infrastructure, the USMCA trade agreement, etc. In the 2020 election, the President will be able to make the argument that Republicans should be given control of Congress again since Democrats did nothing with their power except pursue impeachment.
As the impeachment saga continues, fundraising totals for the Trump 2020 campaign have been skyrocketing. The third quarter contributions for the President’s re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) exceeded $125 million. At the end of October, the RNC had $61 million in the bank, compared to only $8.7 million for the Democrats, who also had a debt of $7 million.
Democrats are not only suffering with poor fundraising totals, but their presidential candidates are not creating much enthusiasm among the American people. Their latest debate was held this week and broadcast on MSNBC. Overall, it was a massive failure. On social media, mentions dropped significantly from their previous debates. More worrisome, viewership for the latest debate was quite anemic. According to the Nielsen ratings, only 6.6 million Americans watched the fifth Democratic presidential debate. This was the lowest rated presidential debate of this election cycle and represented a huge 20% decline from the last debate in October.
Last night, Democratic staffers enjoyed cocktails to celebrate the end of a week of televised impeachment hearings. The partygoers believed the hearings were a smashing success. Instead, the evidence shows that Americans are tiring of the Democratic Party’s political antics. It seems the party’s obsession with destroying Donald Trump may backfire on them in 2020.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]