So far the Democrats are winning the battle for public opinion. And that is critical in this election year. The accepted wisdom not that long ago was the Trump would come out of the impeachment process with a head of steam, much like he did at the conclusion of the Mueller investigation. But there is reason to doubt that. He’s not getting the bounce in public opinion polls that he had hoped. If they are trending in any direction, it is against him.
Moreover, even if he isn’t impeached thanks to his supine Republican supporters in the Senate, his declaration of victory will likely resonate differently than in the days after Mueller’s investigation. Worse still, more damning evidence of his culpability and organizing role in the “drug deal” will drip out in the coming months.
That said each of us should be actors as well observers in this political struggle. And in whatever ways we can. After all, the fate of the country hangs not so much on the Senate’s verdict. That seems baked in given the craven Republican majority in the Senate. Instead, it turns on how this trial is digested and understood across the country now and in the month’s ahead. Adam Schiff and the other House mangers are doing their part, we should do ours.