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1539, 27 Nov 19

Impeachment Hearings Fail to Move Public Opinion


After 30 hours of televised hearings, a dozen witnesses, at least a couple of major revelations and scores of tweeted rebuttals, voters in Wisconsin and nationwide aren’t changing their minds about removing the Republican president. If they came into the inquiry defensive of Trump, they likely still are. And if they were inclined to think the president abused his power, they didn’t need televised hearings to prove it.

“For the most part, most Americans already have pretty solidified views of the president,” said Josh Schwerin, senior strategist for the Democratic super PAC Priorities USA. “There’s a small segment of the population that can be moved, and they’re not paying as close attention to the day-to-day ins and outs of the impeachment hearings.”

It’s a disappointing — if not unexpected — response for Democrats, who had hoped to use the hearings to sway public opinion. Without that backing, it’s virtually impossible to imagine Republican senators voting to convict Trump.

It’s also a reaction that leaves the political impact of this dramatic chapter in American history remarkably uncertain. If the division on the question holds, and independents remain disengaged, it is possible that impeachment and Senate trial may ultimately play little role in Trump’s reelection bid next year.

Two polls released this week showed the public remains roughly evenly divided over whether Trump should be impeached and removed from office. Although there was a one-time increase in support after the inquiry launched, polls have since remained stable.


1539, 27 November 2019


  1. Le Roi du Nord


    Do you the constitutional definition of treason?  It appears that neither you, not trump have looked it up.

    Per the amazing Fiona Hill; “Some of you on this committee appear to believe that Russia and its security services did not conduct a campaign against our country—and that perhaps, somehow, for some reason, Ukraine did,” Hill said. “This is a fictional narrative that has been perpetrated and propagated by the Russian security services themselves. The unfortunate truth is that Russia was the foreign power that systematically attacked our democratic institutions in 2016.”

    If you can dispute what she said, please do.  The whole world is eagerly awaiting your analysis of the Russia/Ukraine kerfuffle. Please demonstrate your vast and extensive knowledge and experience on the issue.  Facts would be a bonus.

    Have a great Thanksgiving.

  2. Le Roi du Nord

    “Do you know the….”

    Sorry for the error.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    Who collected money from Russia and Ukraine? That’s right Clinton’s and Biden’s!

    Fiona Hill is despicable.

    Democrats are upset because American citizens interfered with their money grubbing plans from foreign governments.

    Treason is betraying this country to foreign powers, that is what Clinton foundation and Hunter Biden did.

    You are awful for ignoring that.

  4. dad29

    Hill’s first lie is her assertion that ‘some’ (read:  Republicans) do not believe……russki interference.’

    We all know they tried, and the Pubbies issued a 240 page report on the matter.  Hell, RoJo was near apoplectic about it.

    Her second lie is her assertion that Ukrainian interference in the election is “debunked.”  So the interference written up by both Politico and the WaPo did not exist in the first place?

    She’s full of crap.  Google Alexandra Chalupa and become informed for a change.

  5. Le Roi du Nord

    Ms. Hill has more courage and patriotism in her little finger than you two “conservatives” have in your miserable little carcasses.  But with your extensive knowledge and experience in international security and intelligence gathering you must be right, Not.

  6. Mar

    Well, considering you are such a coward Le Roi, it makes perfect sense that you would say Hill is courageous.
    Fact is, she had nothing to offer except her feelings were hurt. Nothing but a snowflake, which is another thing you have in common with her.

  7. dad29

    Ms. Hill has more courage and patriotism in her little finger than you two “conservatives” have in your miserable little carcasses

    And you know this exactly how, bozo?  The old bag was never shot at, never wounded, probably never had a hangnail–and you call that “courage”?

    Yah, Bureaucrats have “courage.”  *Shocked* to hear you say that.

  8. Le Roi du Nord

    Boy, you tough guys sure are frightened by a strong, smart woman.  No wonder HRC had you quaking in your boots.

  9. Mar

    Bahahaha, funny Le Roi, but don’t give up your day job.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann

    HRC was a criminal and a liar…that’s what ultimately led me to choke out a vote for Trump.

    Every Democrat in current field is as bad or worse than HRC.

    You have a disgusting double standard.

  11. jjf

    I’m just eating popcorn, amazed at conservatives who were once so sensitive to a hint of Russian anything, now eager to give Putin everything he wants for Christmas.

  12. dad29

    Nice try, Jiffy.  But you’re not smart enough to spin that crap.  Trump smacked the Russkis hard–by giving weapons to Ukraine, unlike Obozo who gave them blankets.

    Play again sometime, but use facts.

  13. Merlin

    Trump’s election brought a bit of future prosperity to all foreign entities simply by eliminating HRC’s pay-for-play payments from their bottom lines.

  14. jjf

    That’s right, Dad29!  Keep those blinders nice and tight!  Nothing to worry about with the Russians because Trump’s the smartest guy in the room!  I’m sure the Big Orange Leader will reward you soon for your loyalty.

  15. dad29

    I note the complete absence of argument on the facts.  Again.

    By the way, Trump also imposed a bunch of sanctions on Russia, even before he sent arms to Ukraine.

  16. Kevin Scheunemann


    Just keep liberals constantly insulting those of us in battle ground states as Russian dupes…

    That is just great election strategy…for Trump.

    Admit it, you ran a crap candidate, Putin had nothing to do with it….other than funding Clinton foundation.

  17. Le Roi du Nord


    You call HRC a criminal (do you the definition of “criminal”) and a liar, yet you defend trump, who couldn’t tell the truth if he wanted to.  Amazing set of double standards you have.


    That blanket claim has no more truth than the Ukraine interference claim.  Even you could look that up.

  18. Kevin Scheunemann

    She, and her pals on Democratic Party, (hint: Bidens) took money from multiple foreign governments,theough her foundation while running for president!

    You want Trump investigated for wanting to investigate criminal Democrats.

    Now who has double standard, hypocrite.

  19. dad29

    That blanket claim has no more truth than the Ukraine interference claim.

    This Small Beer Argument clinic is brought to you by Blind-Followers of Any Lefty At All, especially those that bend the knee and bow deeply to Russia.

    Apparently you froze your brain while chasing bambi, troll.

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