Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks at a roundtable on the opioid epidemic at Cabell-Huntington Health Center in Huntington, WVa., Monday, July 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
As Bonchie wrote earlier, House Democratic leaders announced two articles of impeachment this morning – alleging abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Even if a few concerned Democrats in vulnerable districts break with their party, Pelosi should still have enough votes within her House majority to impeach President Trump.
But as it has always been through the three years the American people have been subjected to the left’s “he much be impeached!” efforts, the Senate is another matter entirely when it comes to impeachment – and not just because there’s a Republican majority.
As The Hill reports, two Democratic Senators in deep red states will likely face lot of pressure back home to acquit Trump:
While most of the public attention has been focused on which GOP senators might vote to convict Trump, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has to worry about whether his caucus can stick together.
Early indications are that Manchin is more likely than Jones to vote to acquit Trump, but both are considered more in play than the rest of their Democratic colleagues.
Trump, who faces no real prospect of being removed from office given the level of GOP support for him in the Senate, is projected to win both West Virginia and Alabama handily in next year’s election. He carried West Virginia by 42 points and Alabama by 28 points in 2016.
Any vote the Democratic senators cast to convict Trump would likely be countered by their constituents in November, political experts in both states say.
On top of that, recent polling shows Trump is now leading every Democrat in three battleground states thanks to the impeachment issue, which will put even more Democrats in swing House districts in the hot seat come election time next year. Not to mention the fact that one of those battleground states is Michigan, where Republican John James is poised to give Sen. Gary Peters (D) fits, assuming James wins the nomination.
To say that Democratic impeachment efforts have backfired on them badly with voters is the understatement of the decade. What remains to be seen is just how spectacular that fail will look once the Senate begins their part.
Update: Will Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) “defect”, too?
Sinema will also vote to acquit IMO.
— Harold (@Nikk1066) December 10, 2019
She’s defied the party before, so it’ll be interesting to see where she is on this.
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