I’m not an optimist but I don’t subscribe to pessimism either. I tend to believe hope is practical given that it’s plainly necessary to moving on disasters like Donald Trump.
My friend Martin Longman offered some hope last week in the run up to House impeachment hearings this week. In one poll, Marty found evidence of Trump’s support weakening among his strongest supporters. He expects that to increase.
It’s probably safe to assume that the impeachment hearings will continue to bring Trump’s numbers down even as they spur a burst of energy into his dwindling base of support. As broad popular opinion moves more strongly in favor of removal, the first casualty will be the GOP’s hope of winning back seats that were lost two and four years ago. The next casualty will be the Republican officeholders who narrowly survived those elections. Then we’ll see polls showing even strong Republican seats looking vulnerable.
If the Republicans acquit in the face of strong public consensus in favor of removal, they’ll next have to rally around and renominate Trump, which will only further infuriate the public. Their only hope in such a situation is that their base sticks with them and limits their losses, but Trump’s base may already be getting emotionally prepared to abandon him.
The one thing I’m not as hopeful about is things returning to “normal” post-Trump. The Republican Party isn’t going to surrender its power. It has too much invested in authoritarian mechanisms, like gerrymandering and voter suppression, to let go.
Today’s Editorial Board: Bloomberg’s base is other media executives. That’s it.
Second accuser says Jim Jordan knew about OSU sex abuse scandal.
Greg Sargent says Jim Himes’ cable rant was pivotal in impeachment debate.
Envoy says “investigations, Biden and Clinton” was the three-word shorthand.
Lindsey Graham says whistleblower is unmasked or impeachment is invalid. (Yes, Graham continues to act like the American people are morons and imbeciles.)
POLITICS IN PLAIN ENGLISH!
This is a civics program I co-host every month at New Haven’s Institute Library. The next one is on Nov. 12 (Tuesday). Special guests include Frank Harris, columnist for the Hartford Courant and a professor of journalism at Southern Connecticut State University; and Batya Ungar-Sargon, opinion editor for The Forward in New York.
We’re going to talk about a lot of things but especially religion, race and politics.
Please come if you can. I’d love to see you there! —JS
IF YOU GO
What: Politics in Plain English
When: Nov. 12 (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Institute Library, 847 Chapel Street, New Haven.
How much: FREE! FREE! FREE!
Info: For more, click here.