Democrats may soon come to rue the day when they decided to bet the House on impeachment because their lack of a convincing narrative has failed abysmally when it comes to captivating voters.
Now that the first week of the Senate phase of the Nancy Pelosi-led coup against President Trump and the 63 million Americans who voted for him is in the books, there are ominous signs that Democrats have overreached and done so in spectacular fashion.
Former Obama official and CNN contributor David Axelrod is the proverbial canary in the coal mine for Democrats and on Friday night he delivered some very grim news to CNN anchor Erin Burnett.
According to Axelrod, he participated in a focus group of Democrat voters in Chicago on Friday morning and impeachment never even came up until 80 minutes into the session.
Axelrod described the lack of interest as “chilling” as the group was more interested in discussing real issues that affect their daily lives and not a perversion of our system of constitutional government ginned up by the D.C. and New York elite and their allies in California.
Former Obama chief strategist David Axelrod said he attended a focus group with Democratic voters in Chicago on Friday, describing the gathering as “chilling” because impeachment “didn’t come up” until more than an hour into the session despite it taking place amid the Senate trial of President Trump.
Axelrod, who serves as a political analyst on CNN, shared about his experience during an interview with network anchor Erin Burnett on “OutFront” on Friday night, as Democratic House impeachment managers made their final arguments in the trial before White House lawyers begin their defense of the president on Saturday.
“I was in a focus group this morning for the Institute for Politics here at the University of Chicago with some Chicago Democratic voters, and it was chilling to hear them talk about this,” Axelrod said. “Because impeachment didn’t come up, no one volunteered it, for 80 minutes into the focus group, and we’re right in the middle of the trial.”
“When it came up, they said, you know, it’s terrible what he did, the case has been proven, but we know how it’s going to turn out,” Axelrod continued. “So we’re not really that interested, we’re ready to move on.”
“…I think that’s what Mitch McConnell and the president and the White House are banking on, that they can take the hit here, buffalo their way through this and that the public will move on. And it’s a cynical calculation, but it might not be the wrong calculation.”
Compounding the Dems’ misery is that the ratings for their opening arguments have been dismal and aren’t even capable of outdrawing the popular game show Jeopardy!
Via The Washington Examiner, “Impeachment trial gets lower ratings than Jeopardy! on a bad night”:
The conventional wisdom has long been that President Trump makes for great television ratings. But apparently that’s only true when he’s actually the one on-air. The numbers are in on impeachment, and it’s a ratings dud.
Across half a dozen network and cable channels, the second day of the Senate impeachment trial’s viewership fell by nearly one-fifth. It drew 8.9 million viewers in total over the course of four prime hours, according to Nielsen.
That’s a hair more than the number of people who watched Chicago Fire on NBC that night. It’s nearly a million fewer than the average number of viewers that Jeopardy! scored from October through December of last year. (The recent tournament, Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time, accrued an audience nearly 6 million viewers larger than the second day of the Senate trial.)
There is no way that Democrats can reverse course now and their obsession with blood revenge over 2016 can’t replace the complete lack of a coherent set of policies that make a difference for real Americans.
If President Trump goes on to be cleared as expected and if impeachment results in catastrophic losses for Democrats come November, it is impeachment that will be listed as their official cause of death as a major political party.