This will help the White House keep the GOP in line, even as the media portrays Sondland as a modern-day John Dean. He wasn’t.
It strikes me that Republicans may start separating the issue — as Sondland did in his opening statement — of whether the President was trading an Oval Office meeting for investigations he wanted from Ukraine from an alleged attempt to also tie up military aid if Ukraine didn’t cooperate.
As all of this was unfolding, two public opinion polls were released that explain why it is unlikely Democrats will succeed in bringing Republicans around to seeing this their way.
The poll was taken before Sondland’s testimony, but still shows the structural problems Democrats face in convincing any Republican to support their impeachment dreams. The truth is, most Americans have their minds made up on Trump one way or the other and no impeachment hearing will change that.
Good luck moving Republican senators off the President when their entire party loves him, and nearly 60% of Americans believe him to be doing a good job on the most important issue in the upcoming election.
I have believed from the beginning that the final Republican position here will be some form of blaming this Ukrainian business on Giuliani, expressing varying degrees of disapproval of the bad judgment displayed by various people, but concluding that it falls short of impeachment.
The Democrats’ position has not changed — they will impeach the President, as most members of their party have desired to do since the earliest days of his presidency.
Folks are still in their corners, and that’s not likely to change over Sondland or anyone else.
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