Fox News contributor Karl Rove is generally dialed into the political world, so when he makes a prediction, everyone’s ears perk up.
Rove made the bold prediction on Monday that some Democrat senators will reverse the current trend and vote to acquit Trump in the Senate impeachment trial.
A tough vote
We all know that for the most part, the Senate impeachment vote is going to go down along party lines. There are question marks on both sides of the aisle, but Rove believes there is more potential for defection on the Democrat side than the Republican side.
On the Republican side, we know Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) is going to be a problem during the trial, but it is still pretty far-fetched that he would side with some of the more radical Democrats and vote for the removal of Trump.
There have also been some rumblings from Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), but most also believe when push comes to shove, she will vote to acquit Trump.
Rove believes it’s a different story on the Democrat side, with Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) leading the way.
Both of these men have been vocal about the process and at this point, seem as though they are locked into voting for acquittal unless something unexpected happens during the impeachment.
Rove stated, “Looking at it, you’ve had a number of Democrats, Manchin of West Virginia, Jones of Alabama…all have sort of [made] temperate comments about this.”
“Sure, most Democrats are gonna be like Kamala Harris (D-CA) and these others who have made it clear they’re voting to convict no matter what.”
As this impeachment plays out, there will be numerous votes on procedural issues. There’s no reason to look at these votes as an indication a to which way this impeachment will conclude.
In most cases, we expect full party lines votes, with a few crossovers on each side being a possibility but an unlikelihood, especially for Democrats. Eventually, though, this will come down to the facts, and Democrats have few, if any, of those on their side.
Rove remarked, “I think they’ll go with the rest of the Democrats on procedural questions like … witnesses … But I think that’s going to be a different question than the ultimate one of should we remove the president from office.”