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Efforts to impeach likely to backfire

Scott Robert Shaw



It was a risky move from the start, and it seems unlikely the effort will pay off. But Democrats in Washington are moving full-speed ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. Today, the House Judiciary Committee will vote whether to accept the report from the House Intelligence Committee and take over the next phase of the inquiry. If so, the committee will begin public hearings tomorrow. House Democrats hoped at the beginning of the impeachment inquiry they could convince some Republican members of Congress that what Trump is accused of doing would lead them to vote to impeach. That seems increasingly unlikely. And the Republican-controlled Senate isn’t about to vote to impeach, meaning that ultimately President Trump will remain in office. And it seems that despite two weeks of public testimony providing damning evidence that Trump acted unethically in withholding military aid to Ukraine, public polls haven’t moved since the inquiry began. Essentially half the country wants Trump to stay in office, while half want him impeached. Nothing has changed since this process began. And the Democrats plan could backfire. Look no further than Wisconsin, which forced a recall election against Governor Scott Walker. Walker was not recalled, and went on to win his next election. While Trump’s crimes may be impeachable, voting to impeach him won’t resolve our political divide, and may help Trump win the next election.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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    December 4, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I don’t believe Congress will impeach Pres. Trump. I do believe the majority of Americans are upset that Congress is very willing to spend significant dollars on this type of effort when we have significant issues with roads, bridges, deficits, and the economy. It seems to me that government today is more about elections than what is good for the country. Very disappointed in the entire process.

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