I didn’t watch any of Mueller’s testimony yesterday, except for a couple of snippets. What I saw was damning, but it’s getting meh reviews from America’s foremost theater critics, the establishment press. Here’s Dan Balz’ take, which essentially assumes that impeachment is off the table because of Mueller’s performance.
Am I the only person who thinks that Mueller’s report contained enough evidence to move forward with either impeachment inquiries, or at a minimum some kind of select committee to investigate the charges further? That was obvious when the report dropped, and it’s obvious today. It’s also obvious that polling is a trailing indicator. If Democrats don’t do anything to keep all of Trump’s bad acts and his administration’s bad actors front and center, the polls on impeachment aren’t going to move.
Given that the least familiar place on earth for a lot of Democrats is the inside of a polling booth, you’d think that the House members who are dragging their feet would be concerned about a drop off in enthusiasm, but I can see little evidence of that.
My Congressman, Joe Morelle, who has a relatively safe seat, voted against the recent impeachment resolution, and is having one town hall this recess, on gun violence. Other than his recent vote, the only other utterance I could find was his statement that he’d consider impeachment if there were clear evidence of treason on Trump’s part. He’s probably typical of most of the mushy center of the House Democrats – he’s ducking and hiding and hoping it will all go away. Sorry, Joe, it’s only going to get worse.
Edited to add: Did Mueller have to give a performance like this to get the right amount of attention: