Politico, a liberal website inside the Washington, D.C., Beltway founded by two reporters from the hard-left Washington Post, started talking about impeaching Donald Trump -- in April 2016, well before the long shot candidate won the White House.
Now, after the Michael Flynn debacle, the stories are suddenly everywhere. "5 Likely Reasons Trump Could Be Impeached," writes Inverse. "Michael Moore Melts Down; Tells Trump To 'Resign By Morning' Or Face 'Impeachment You Russian Traitor,' " writes ZeroHedge. "Trump impeached? You can bet on it," writes Politico (again).
And on Wednesday morning, #TrumpImpeachmentParty was the top trending topic on Twitter.
Some of the hubbub is self-inflicted. Yes, the Flynn mess has put the administration in a bad light (despite the fact that it's nowhere near the many felonies Hillary Clinton committed while in office). And then there's this infamous tweet from Trump himself in June 2014.
Yeah, that doesn't help.
Uproxx, which describes itself as "the premier news and culture platform," sums it up this way: "On Monday, Gen. Michael Flynn resigned as National Security Advisor after the Justice Department deemed him 'potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail' (something that Trump knew about for weeks). On Tuesday, Senior Advisor Stephen Miller’s openly hostile past with minorities was discovered; Kellyanne Conway was grilled by Matt Lauer (Matt Lauer!) and retweeted a white nationalist; and, according to the 'failing' New York Times, 'phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.' On Wednesday… well, it’s still early, but Twitter is already having a party."
So, there's also that.
But more. A Democratic congressional candidate has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission to create the "Impeach Trump Leadership" PAC, according to The Hill newspaper. Boyd Roberts of California (shocker) wants to raise money for back candidates who, presumably, support impeachment.
And in its latest impeachment article, Politico says "many are already betting on it."
"Gambling houses all over the world are taking in action on whether Trump, inaugurated just last month, will resign or be impeached. And the odds aren’t as long as you might think. Ladbrokes, the British oddsmaking giant, has Trump’s chances of leaving office via resignation or impeachment and removal at just 11-to-10, or just a little worse than even money.
"The odds of Trump being impeached this year in the House of Representatives are only 4-to-1, according to the Irish bookmaker Paddy Power, despite GOP control of the chamber. You can win $180 on a $100 bet with Bovada, the online gaming site, that Trump won’t make it through a full term — though the bet is off if Trump passes away during the next four years," Politico writes.
Of course, what the MSM doesn't cover is that the impeachment movement will go nowhere -- it's a non-starter. The Republican-led Congress controls the agenda, and you can beat impeachment of the fairly elected president ain't on it.
And then there's the ridiculously liberal Rep. Nancy Pelosi. She said this last week: "There are grounds for displeasure and unease in the public about the performance of this president, who has acted in a way that is strategically incoherent, that is incompetent and that is reckless." But she added: "That is not grounds for impeachment."
Indeed it is not -- and even Pelosi has to admit that. But the "fake news" story will be over over the socials this week, and the liberal mainstream media outlets. And the outcome they want, according to CNN regular Sally Kohn, who calls herself "America's second favorite cable news lesbian," is this: