I sure like to think that I am smart enough to read the tea leaves and predict the ebb and flow of public opinion. Not. This shocked me, and it changes everything. New USA Today poll: Americans support House *impeaching* Trump by 45-38 They support *Senate conviction and removal* by 44-35 (!) Note: 30% of Republicans say pressure on Ukraine to smear Biden is an abuse of power. And it's early. More will come out.https://t.co/nIaJRZgP7E — Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) October 3, 2019 I recognize the apparent discrepancy, that more favor “removal” – by 9% – than favor “impeachment,” by 7%. I suspect the discrepancy is rooted in how the question was asked, and what the respondents know about the process. The major point, as you sophisticated Zoomers well know, is that somewhere very close to double digit percentages of Americans believe Trump needs to be removed over his abuse of power. Impeachment is necessarily a political process. The Founders could have created a process that provided for a real jury of citizens, a judge, and a prosecutor, with a conviction equaling removal. But they did not. The founders created a political process. All political processes depend – to varying degrees – on public opinion. Republican senators, facing double digit percentages favoring removal (as likely will be the case if evidence keeps dripping out, and it will), will be forced to strongly considering removing Trump. As I have said already today, before I saw the poll, I am no longer convinced that Republicans will acquit Trump in the Senate. They have to be getting tired of this, we know Americans are: Schiff is a lowlife who should resign (at least!). https://t.co/nGp9aFP3rX — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019 and Schiff is a lying disaster for our Country. He should resign! https://t.co/ytwEy5NasJ — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2019 I am now starting to think it might be 50-50 whether Trump stays in office. UPDATE: It gets worse: By a 52-21 margin, Americans think asking Ukraine to investigate Biden is an abuse of power, per USAToday poll. The gap among independents is huge: 45%-16%. It's even close among Republicans: 30%-40%. Doubling down like this is … unbelievably risky. https://t.co/PDVrJrMxSB — Derek Thompson (@DKThomp) October 3, 2019 **** Peace, y’all Jason firstname.lastname@example.org, and on Twitter: @MiciakZoom
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