A new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll found that 58% of registered American voters think House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should send the articles of impeachment passed in the House to the Senate for a trial. Only 42% thought Pelosi should hold the articles and not send them to the Senate.
The poll was released to The Hill on Friday and was conducted between December 27 and 29, days after Pelosi said she wouldn’t send the articles to the Senate because she wasn’t sure they would conduct a “fair” trial.
Polling director Mark Penn said that holding onto the articles is not gaining Democrats any ground with voters when it comes to their handling of impeachment.
“It’s clear from the polling that impeachment gridlock won’t sit well with the voters,” Penn told the Hill. “Win or lose they want it to move forward and overwhelmingly think [former President] Clinton rules should apply.”
“Hurry up and wait” strategy a disaster
First, Pelosi and House Democrats said that they could not wait to impeach President Donald Trump because he was endangering the Constitution — or some such nonsense.
But once they passed the articles without a single Republican vote (and with three Democrat defectors), it was suddenly fine to wait as long as humanly possible to send the articles to the Senate to be tried.
While some on the left thought refusing to send the articles to the Senate where an acquittal would clear Trump of any wrongdoing was a brilliant strategy, it is clear that the American public strongly disagrees.
Democrats have been so blinded by their hatred of Trump that they can’t see how much they are hurting themselves by trying to force their partisan, weak impeachment down everyone’s throats.
Most Americans don’t like to see lying and cheating going on in their government, especially when it is done brazenly and blatantly in front of their faces. Many think that Democrats will lose big in the 2020 election because of their tactics in the impeachment process.
Move to dismiss
Republicans in the Senate aren’t waiting around for Pelosi to finish playing power games with the articles of impeachment, either. Breitbart reported that Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) will introduce a resolution next week to dismiss the articles of impeachment because of Pelosi’s refusal to do her constitutional duty of sending them to the Senate.
“Dems said impeachment was URGENT. Now they don’t want to have a trial, because they have no evidence,” Sen. Hawley tweeted Thursday. “In real world, if prosecution doesn’t proceed with case, it gets dismissed. So on Monday, I will introduce measure to dismiss this bogus impeachment for lack of prosecution.”
Hawley called the House’s impeachment efforts an “abuse of the Constitution” and said there was no evidence behind the articles it passed just before Christmas.