The Impeachment, Acquittal and Reelection of the President
This past Tuesday, the President attended a campaign rally in Florida - his 7th in the "Sunshine State" as President. He has made more campaign stops in Florida than any other state. It was his 18th rally this year and 72nd since taking office. After labeling the impeachment proceedings “bullshit" the President went on to do the very thing his opponents hate most - he spoke a truth that resonated with his supporters. He said “The radical Democrats are trying to overturn the last election because they know that they cannot win the next election. " When I heard it, I wondered if that had been written for him. It should be his campaign slogan going forward.
House democrats are moving inextricably forward with impeachment despite the lack of a consensus. The carefully orchestrated impeachment hearings under Adam Schiff have failed to move the needle in gaining public support for impeachment, but the democrats are locked into this self destructive crusade to defame and delegitimize this President. The US Senate will ultimately acquit the President and may do it in a way that scores some political points for the party as well.
In addition to the spectacle in Washington DC, we now have former president Obama trying to advise the large group of democratic candidates who are supposedly vying for the DNC nomination. On Nov 15th the former president spoke to a group of democratic donors at a DC fundraiser. The man who ran in 2008 primarily as a moderate (though he governed from the hard left) had a stern warning for the current candidates: the Democratic candidates are playing too much to the "activist wing" of the party, warning that average Americans "just don't want to see crazy stuff."
The New York Times put it this way:
"While Mr. Obama did not single out any specific primary candidate or policy proposal, he cautioned that the universe of voters that could support a Democratic candidate — Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans — are not driven by the same views reflected on “certain left-leaning Twitter feeds” or “the activist wing of our party.”
“Even as we push the envelope and we are bold in our vision we also have to be rooted in reality,” Mr. Obama said. “The average American doesn’t think we have to completely tear down the system and remake it.”
The comments marked an extraordinary entrance into the primary contest by the former president, who has been careful to avoid even the appearance of influencing the direction of the race."
It may be too late. In the big field it appears that only the stumbling Biden and/or the unpopular Gabbard look anything like a moderate. Most of the others have exposed themselves as radical left candidates and it is impossible to walk that back. Beyond that the current democratic field lacks the charisma or political skills required to defeat Donald Trump. As for the President, he was wise enough to end his Florida rally by listing his accomplishments. Something he needs to do more of. Leave the bashing of democrats to others and the race will remain his to win or lose.