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HORIST: Weeks of one-sided testimony and biased reporting have not changed public opinion.

HORIST: Weeks of one-sided testimony and biased reporting have not changed public opinion.

Prior to the start of the impeachment inquiry – secret and public– CNN polls indicated that approximately 50 percent of Americans favored impeachment – at least the inquiry – and 43 percent opposed.  Considering the margin of error, that is close to a statistical tie.

Following Congressman Adam Schiff’s highly biased hearings – and the enormous one-sided reporting by the anti-Trump media — the CNN poll now indicates that 50 percent of the respondents favor impeachment and 43 percent opposed.  The needle did not move.

Other polls suggest a modest decrease in public support for impeachment.  The Quinnipiac poll showed a three percent drop in support for impeachment from October to November – from 48 percent to 45 percent.  Other polls showed slight increases in President Trump’s favorability rating coming out of the Impeachment Inquiry.

That is a huge defeat for the Democrats hell-bent on impeaching the m*****f****r.  So, if nothing changed very much, why would it be a defeat for the democrats?  Allow me to explain.

First of all, Democrats promised that the Impeachment Inquire would “educate” the public on the misdeeds of President Trump.  Once we the people actually hear the testimony, we would be convinced.  That is what they said about the Mueller report, too.  Once that report was issued, we would be persuaded that Trump is a reprobate of the worst kind.

When that did not happen, Democrats rationalized that the public was not reading the Report – even – though every salient detail was reported over and over and over by the anti-Trump news media.  The next theory was that we stupid people would finally get the point once it was verbalized by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in congressional testimony.

When that didn’t happen, Democrats began searching for a new way to convince the public that Trump needed to go.  In utter political desperation, they latched on to Trump’s temporary withholding of military aid to Ukraine until he was convinced that our money would not wind up in the foreign bank accounts of a bunch of corrupt oligarchs.

Schiff provided a forum in which bureaucrats testified that the President’s actions were “irregular,” “unprecedented” and “unusual.”  Quite simply, that meant that the President’s method of doing business was not according to how the bureaucracy is used to doing business.  In their topsy-turvy world, the bureaucrats set the policy and the elected officials carry it out.  Anything else is “irregular,” “unprecedented” and “unusual.”

Throughout the secret testimony – with its selectively leaked information – and the eventual public testimony, Democrats enjoyed the patronage of the east coast liberal news media.  According to the folks in the Fourth Estate, every witness was a courageous and noble individual – patriotic and without partisan political leanings.  (Pardon me while I attempt to control my mocking laughter.)

During this entire time. CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times and the Washington Post (and others) set aside the standards and ethics of journalism to become part of Schiff’s prosecution team.  CNN ran retrospectives of the Nixon impeachment hearings in an obvious attempt to malign Republican with a guilt by association scam.  Interesting, they did not expend a lot of network time and resources drawing attention to the Clinton impeachment.

The anti-Trump networks featured panels of pundits who were universally anti-Trump – interpreting, hyping and spinning every bit of testimony as a smoking gun against the President – while ignoring every exculpating statement.  They gave enormous airtime to virtually every Democrat presidential candidate willing to sell the narrative that Trump committed all sorts of crimes – and they all eagerly did.

The left-wing networks created so-called town hall meetings – giving Democrat candidates with less than five percent of the vote hours of airtime to bash Trump.  These were nothing less than political infomercials.

The anti-Trump, anti-Republican and anti-conservative networks produced hours of “specials” with such subjects as impeachment in the words of the witnesses – yet another regurgitation of the staged inquiry – the lies of President Trump and the White House in chaos.  Every one of these was propaganda parading as news and documentaries.

Our eyes and ears were literally flooded with those hours of airtime and miles of newsprint with variations on a theme by propagandists.  And what happened to public opinion after this unprecedented biased media pounding?  Nothing.  The Democrats had scorch-bombed the political earth and failed to hit their target.  That is amazing.

Democrats set up this process to have a LOT of bites at the same apple – and we are about to be entertained to another.  This time it is an impeachment “hearing” to be conducted by the House Judiciary Committee under the stridently partisan leadership of New York Congressman Jerry Nadler.

For the most part, it will be yet ANOTHER repetition of all the old statements that had failed to move the needle.  Of course, they will hype endless “new revelations” that will only be some other person saying what has been already been said and is well known to the public.  That is how Democrats are working the impeachment issue – presenting us with the same old stuff in a new box.

Democrats know that the Nadler effort may be their last chance.  They will have run out of new boxes.  They will have to impeach or not impeach — and in the former case, kick the issue over to the Republican-controlled Senate.

It should be noted that we are not done with Schiff’s folderol. His committee will continue its inquiries, hoping to find even more “evidence” to kick over to the Judiciary Committee and ultimately, the Senate.  Yes, it is true.  Schiff will still be popping up in front of the cameras to yet again claim to be the possessor of “conclusive evidence” against Trump – evidence that is not likely to be conclusive at all.

More than three years of Democrat accusations, multi-million dollar investigations and mendacious media attacks – and so far … ????

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. Kurt Walker

    I am a well educated and fairly intelligent person. But I cannot see the reasoning for decisions of people, democrat or republican, who would fall for this political garbage. I fully understand the purpose, agenda, and method of the democrats. And although I consider myself an independent voter I WILL NEVER vote for another democrat, local up to federal, again. They have convinced me that they are all underhanded goons who want only to take total control of our nation.

  2. Desert Fox

    This is just like the Killary polls that said she was 15 points ahead. I’ll tell you by my experience – I was called for a network poll that was ten questions and the last question was are you voting for Killary and when I said no there was a click and they disconnected–so much for honesty in polling. If you don’t agree with what they want you are not counted.

  3. Kirk Daugherty

    I am not an Educated man as many in comments here. I am average America, the man that wears denim. When this becomes, Oh So Obvious to the Common Voter, it becomes so Very irritating to be looked upon, treated like we are garbage. They call us name’s and say: You need to vote for Me! The Media center, with it’s Flag of Arrogance Flying High, Believes it can elect any President of they’re Choise, simply by telling the Peasants of the Heartlands to bow and kiss they’re Ring. May I say this one last thing. Those Poll’s do not share what is really happening. The Self-righteous Elite has started a Fire, but not as they thought it would or whom it would Burn. The Fire is around they’re Own Little Bubble! George Bush Sr. Said once on camera: if the people Ever find out what we’re Doing, they will chase us down with torches and pitchforks, and Hang Us. In another statement, he talked of the New World Order. That was the first time I Ever heard of it, and didn’t know what it meant. We Do Now!

    • Kurt Walker

      Kirk, I’m glad you brought up the”New World Order”‘ I don’t think any of we common people understood the phrase then. But it certainly has come to be. And unless something happens we “ain’t seen nothing yet” as the saying goes. The division of our nation has not been worse since the revolution and I wonder if we are headed for a repeat of history.

  4. lj

    Nobody with an ounce of rationality or brains was willing to spend any time watching the propaganda show put on by the big Shifft. I turned it off any time I came across it. All fake, not worth a second of my time.