The technicality of impeachment is over—now comes pure unadulterated politics.
So, what should be the next move for Democrats?
The reaction by Democrats depends entirely on Donald Trump.
Is he satisfied with his acquittal—and thus simply moves on, putting the whole episode behind him?
Or does the President use his vast campaign war chest to make his case to the public for innocence?
There is little doubt President Trump can make a case for innocence.
Not only didn’t he do anything wrong, but he was upholding the law with his actions regarding the Ukrainian Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).
This is the dilemma for Democrats—especially House Democrats who voted almost unanimously for articles of impeachment.
What if Donald Trump doesn’t settle for acquittal?
If you are reading this article, you likely have read the other 17 articles in the impeachment series.
The cogent argument has been made there was no “abuse of power.”
In fact, President Trump acted lawfully.
Donald Trump would have to make his case to the people.
As for House Democrats—until Mr. Trump initiates a push for innocence—they should remain pat—there’s simply no good reason to abandon their current position.
They should stick with the liberal narrative—“Donald Trump was guilty, he simply wasn’t found guilty due to partisan politics.”
The danger for Democrats, the more they stick with the narrative President Trump’s acquittal was due to partisan politics—the more they may actually elicit the one reaction no Democrat should want to see—Donald Trump making an all out push for innocence.
The problem for Democratic politicians—they don’t control the narrative—that control resides with the liberal media.
Will the liberal media abandon the partisan politics narrative?
This is the Damocles’ sword hanging over Democratic politicians’ heads.
If Trump does go to the public and is successful in making his case for innocence—Democratic politicians may have no out.
Trapped by a narrative they helped foster, their options are limited—more to the point: those options would be extreme.
Perhaps the most effective strategy for House Democrats would be to make the case they like the public had been lied to by Adam Schiff.
In essence, the strategy to avoid being held accountable by a public that acknowledges Donald Trump’s innocence is to play the victim card.
They were victims too.
Still, to gain victim status—House Democrats would have to throw Adam Schiff under the proverbial bus.
They would have to paint Mr. Schiff as the perpetrator of the impeachment scam.
The question: Would that give House Democrats enough cover?
More important: How soon would Democrats have to act?
The victim card is perishable.
It doesn’t have infinite shelf life.
This is the dilemma for Democrats.
The political value associated with painting President Trump’s acquittal as partisan politics is real.
But it is also tenuous.
If President Trump makes a push for innocence, then the ire of the American public at having been lied to falls on all Democrats—not just Adam Schiff.