Nov. 2, 2019
Updated: Nov. 4, 2019
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi bangs the gavel Thursday to mark the passage of the resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry into President Trump — with no Republican support.
Photo: Andrew Harnik / Associated Press
If the goal was to damage President Trump by formalizing the impeachment inquiry, it’s Mission Unaccomplished for House Democrats.
If anything, the vote solidified Trump’s hold on power. There were zero GOP defections, meaning we have zero drama heading into the public phase of impeachment. Everyone is pretty much in the same lanes they’ve been in since the Russian-collusion investigation, the obstruction of justice investigation and every other investigation.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, that gives people little reason to be glued to their screens when House committees take public testimony. The basic story — Trump pressured Ukraine to announce investigations into Democrats that would help Trump — is out there already. People know how they feel about it, and if you believe the polls, they’re pretty evenly split on whether the president deserves to be thrown out of office.
The only potential drama before last week’s vote was whether there might be any movement, whether any Republicans would see it Democrats’ way. Looks like they don’t.