It began Sunday when House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suddenly signaled during a CNN interview, that he was having second thoughts on perhaps pursuing an impeachment inquiry.
That signal was heard loud and clear, all the way to Michigan, where prominent Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence who had previously supported the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, suddenly announced she no longer saw any “value” in the process and called for her fellow Democrats to throw their support behind a symbolic censure resolution.
The sudden about-face by Democrats like Lawrence has more to do with poll numbers, rather than any semblance of logic or common sense regarding the serious issue of impeachment.
In short, Democrats over-reached using impeachment as a political weapon against the President, based on second-hand information by a faceless leaker hiding behind the law that protects whistleblowers.
The public took a wait and see attitude, regarding the unfolding impeachment inquiry, soon realizing that unscrupulous House Democrats had once again used phony allegations, and misinformed witnesses as the basis for impeachment, similar to what had transpired during the Russian collusion hoax.
Perhaps even more egregious is how Democrats view their constituents, regarding the Latin term “quid pro quo” used throughout the impeachment hearings. When poll numbers failed to move the needle in their favor, they impaneled a focus group to test the verbiage, acknowledging that the public was more receptive to the term “bribery.”
Soon every House Democrat along with their minions within the media was using the term “bribery,” within the closing days of the impeachment inquiry, suggesting that viewers tuning in to the impeachment circus weren’t savvy enough in understanding the Latin term.
However, when that also failed to sway the public, a panicky party realized that the public was focused on the evidence presented, and not the smoke and mirrors scheme concocted by Schiff.
On Sunday Lawrence appeared on a local Michigan radio program, no doubt having heard Schiff on CNN, backtracking on his impeachment inquiry.
“We are so close to an election, I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office.”
Adding, “But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable. It’s in violation of the oath of office of a president of the United States, and we have to be clear that you cannot use your power of the presidency to withhold funds to get a foreign country to investigate an American citizen for your own personal gain. There’s no way around that.”
Lawrence continued: “I want him censured. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this President and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and, under our Constitution, we will not allow it. … I am a Democrat, but I am an independent United States of America citizen.”
While Congresswoman Lawrence is in a safe district, other newly elected Democrats are extremely venerable. Earlier this month, freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. who flipped a GOP district in 2018 that Trump won by 7 points in 2016, told Fox News that she was tentatively weighing all the evidence.
The Detroit News in a recent editorial wrote the House “should censure, not impeach” the President.
“Democrats still don’t have the strong case they’re seeking to justify removing President Donald Trump from office,” the paper wrote. “Censure amounts to public shaming. … But it also recognizes the offense does not merit removal from office. That, too, seems appropriate, given the inconclusive testimony so far.”
Perhaps the best gauge against moving forward on impeachment comes from one of the few lucid Democrats around, Democratic strategist Doug Schoen.
“I am praying for censure. It can turn what could be a loss into a certain victory,” he said, arguing that Pelosi should forgo impeachment and instead vote to publicly reprimand the President.
Adding, “And given that states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, ones the Democrats have to win in some combination to win the presidential election, it’s hard for me to see that impeachment is anything but a very problematic issue for the party,” he argued.