(CNN) – House Democrats are publicly holding out hope that historic impeachment hearings will persuade a vast majority of the American public that President Donald Trump committed high crimes and misdemeanors — but privately many acknowledge that it’s unlikely to happen.

In a private meeting this week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top lieutenants were skeptical about the prospects of a dramatic shift in opinion even as public impeachment hearings began this week, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. The upshot, the sources said: Democrats need to move forward with impeachment proceedings even if the politics are murky, noting that even during Richard Nixon’s presidency most of the public was divided until soon before he was forced to resign.

Counter shot:

Now, I’ve taken the unusual step of posting a link from CNN to demonstrate something to you.

We both know that CNN will put the shine on any apple that the Democrats produce, even if it’s mostly road apples… Therefore if CNN are suggesting that the situation is that dire for the Democrats and their efforts to impeach Trump, it’s a lock-sure bet it’s actually much, much worse.

I have long suspected that all this nonsense the Democrats are putting forward these days are only serving to annoy the electorate, even their own voters. Look for example, at Alan Dershowitz:

The plain truth is, the Democrats are creating their own electoral disaster.

Easier to blame Putin than admit the reality, I suppose. Watch for claims of Russian interference when the inevitable anti-Donkey party landslide happens.

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