EVERYTHING IS GOING SWIMMINGLY: Even 61% of Democrats don’t believe Trump will be removed…. Rand Paul: More Democrats to oppose impeachment, rips Schiff on phone logs.

via washingtonexaminer:

“The survey suggests that the Democratic drive to impeach the president on charges of abuse of power and obstruction hasn’t won over any new supporters despite two weeks of hearings and today’s announcement of articles of impeachment to be voted on as early as next week.”

Plus: Rand Paul: More Democrats to oppose impeachment, rips Schiff on phone logs. “Portraying the removal drive against President Trump as ‘purely partisan,’ Sen. Rand Paul believes more Democrats will oppose impeachment in the House vote next week, and at least two Democratic senators may vote against conviction.”

And, humiliatingly: Top 2020 stories: Jussie Smollett hoax, Epstein death eclipsed impeachment. “Even with most of the media promoting their case against President Trump, Democrats still failed to make impeachment the top story in 2020.”

THOSE IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES WILL MAKE GREAT STUMP PROPS FOR TRUMP:

But whether it’s two articles or 20, the outcome seems certain to be the same thing — acquittal in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The House’s impeachment hearings did nothing to convince voters or GOP lawmakers to support Trump’s removal from office.

And there’s a good chance that Trump will now be waving those articles of impeachment at his campaign rallies in a bid to fire up his base.

Trump wants a full-out impeachment spectacle, and that’s just what Democrats are giving him.

It dovetails perfectly with his “no more mister nice guy” re-election campaign theme. He can hold the impeachment articles up during campaign speeches, and say, “I’m a tough guy – but if they can do this to me, imagine what they can do to you. This is why I want to drain the swamp and reform Washington.”

SCHIFF SHOW FAIL: Dem Rep. Collin Peterson Leaning Against Voting for Articles of Impeachment: ‘Too Divisive.’

BAD RATINGS FOR THE SCHIFF SHOW: Quinnipiac: Opposition to impeachment and removal reaches 51%, highest number since September.

h/t GR