But apparently not Over There: Friend, do you support impeachment, even removal from office?
If so, you've been heartened by many reports which have said that support for impeachment has been growing. One such report appeared in yesterday's New York Times, In print editions, the report appeared beneath this headline:
Support for Impeachment Is Growing, Polls IndicateIt doesn't get more straightforward than that. That said, the basic numbers remained a bit underwhelming:
RUSSONELLO (10/2/19): A majority of registered voters now approve of the House’s inquiry into impeaching the president, a poll released on Monday by Quinnipiac University showed. A Monmouth University poll of all Americans released on Tuesday, meanwhile, found that 49 percent support the inquiry—just shy of a majority, but still an eight-point jump from August.Those numbers remain underwhelming. That said, the most striking part of this news report was the part shown below:
Voters are now evenly divided on whether Mr. Trump should be removed, with 47 percent saying he should be and the same number saying he should not, according to the latest Quinnipiac survey.
RUSSONELLO: Even as Democrats and independents become more supportive of impeachment, there are signs that Ms. Pelosi may have a hard time building nationwide consensus.If accurate, those numbers affect the likelihood of removal from office, not of impeachment itself. But they reflect the remarkable state of partisan bifurcation within our body politic.
The share of Republican voters expressing strong approval for Mr. Trump’s job performance rose by 12 points since last week, from two-thirds to nearly four in five, according to the Quinnipiac polls. And the share of Republican voters saying Mr. Trump is generally an “honest” person has spiked since March, when Quinnipiac last asked the question: from 66 percent then to 83 percent today.
This suggests that the Republican base’s support for the president might be hardening as he comes under increasingly serious fire—even with evidence mounting that Mr. Trump pressured Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to investigate the son of a political rival, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
We live in two different worlds! People within our opposing political tribes hear vastly different arrays of "facts" and factual claims, to the extent that people hear any facts and factual claims at all.
People who watch Fox at night are hearing vastly different facts and factual claims, as compared to those who watch CNN or MSNBC. For ourselves, we're more impressed by this ongoing social and cultural breakdown than by the current issue, which is stronger than the Mueller report but smaller than a breadbox.
For ourselves, we assume that everything Donald Trump does is basically crazy or venal. We'll assume that most liberals think something pretty much like that.
This raises a basic question about us in the liberal world. Why do we seem to have so much trouble getting people to agree with us on this?
As liberals, we tend to offer a simple, self-serving answer to that question, an answer which denigrates The Others. But how sound is this default position? Not gigantically sound, we'd allege.
As our team pursues impeachment, support for Trump among their team may be rising. If so, this makes removal very unlikely, and it raises that same old question:
Trump seemed visibly crazy yesterday, in two different public sessions. Are you sure we aren't doing something wrong when we can't get Others to see this? Is it possible that, along the way, we've done something wrong?
As usual, Frost was on it: Robert Frost, forced to recite from memory at President Kennedy's inaugural:
Something we were withholding made us weakHave we somehow been withholding ourselves from our land of living? More on this topic in our award-winning Country Music wrap-up tomorrow.
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.