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Pelosi Slaps Down the Impeachment Faction

Pelosi Slaps Down the Impeachment Faction
March 14
02:30 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s pouring ice cold water on the impeachment faction of her Democrat caucus reminded me of the lion tamer snapping the whip at the apparently restive cats. I say “apparently” because we all know it is just part of the act – and so it is with Pelosi.
She has never endorsed the rush-to-judgment folks like Congresswoman Maxine Waters – who called for impeachment even before President Trump was inaugurated – or the off-with-his-head chants emanating from the congressional Peanut Gallery. Pelosi laid low when Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib reported how she had assured her young son that “we would impeach the mother***er.”
But that does not mean Pelosi would not relish the opportunity to preside over a House that sends Articles of Impeachment on to the Senate – and she still may.
The Speaker says that she would not support a move toward impeachment – which would mean that there would not be one – unless she believed that there were enough Republicans in the Senate to remove Trump from office. According to her stated thinking, without that, it would only put the nation through an ugly and tumultuous partisan divide – as if anyone would notice the difference.
She does concede that if the evidence against Trump presented by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was sufficiently damning and convincing, she would consider moving on a unilateral basis. Of course, if the evidence was so damning, she would probably have the Republican support needed – but that is a “yuge” IF.
While Mueller might well file a report quite critical of Trump, it is not likely to be at the level a reasonable Democrat would see as politically fatal to the President. It is not likely to bring around enough GOP senators to get a conviction in the Upper Chamber. What it is more likely to do is to fan the flames of controversy as both sides differ on the severity of Trump’s alleged misdeeds – high crimes and misdemeanors or just the boorish behavior of a boorish man. There is likely to be extended debate over what portions of the Mueller Report will be or should be released to the Congress and the American public. Since not all of it can be released, the Democrats are already teed up to declare war on Attorney General William Barr.
Pelosi has two modern day impeachments by which to judge her course of action. President Nixon resigned ahead of impeachment because he was told that there were enough Republicans to vote for impeachment in the House AND – more importantly, enough to vote to convict in the Senate. Whether that last point is true, we will never know, but Nixon apparently believed it.
In the case of President Clinton, Pelosi saw a President gut it out because while the Republican-held House was certain to impeach, it was very unlikely that the Democrat-held Senate would remove Clinton from office – and they did not. Clinton went on to regain a fair degree of popularity among Democrats and even the general public.
So, which is it for Trump? Should Pelosi give the green light to impeachment and virtually derail the entire Democrat agenda through the next election? The House is already bogged down with an excessive number of politically motivated investigations. Putting an impeachment on top of that may just be enough to get the voters in 2020 thinking they had made a mistake in handing the House over to the Democrats.
Pelosi may also see an investigation-wounded Trump as more beatable than any alternative – a failed impeachment of Trump, a President Pence or who knows what. Democrat strategy raised sufficient concern about Trump to win the 2018 midterm election. Can that do it again?
In the meantime, a lot of congressional Democrats are sputtering and stuttering all over cable news in trying to square their desire to impeach and oust Trump with Pelosi’s recent comments.
So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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7 Comments

  1. Jackie
    Jackie March 16, 19:23

    I am so tired of the Democrats witch hunt. They want Trump out because he has accomplished things for America that they could not. GET OVER IT!!!

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  2. SmartWit
    SmartWit March 16, 19:33

    U R certainly a DIMWIT.

    Reply to this comment
  3. Philapeno
    Philapeno March 16, 19:39

    In other words, she doesn’t relish another loss on her record of recent.

    Reply to this comment
  4. Jerry
    Jerry March 17, 00:00

    You lost all creditable with the statement

    “I say “apparently” because we all know it is just part of the act – and so it is with Pelosi.”

    We all know is an absolute statement that is a definite sign of ignorance.

    Reply to this comment
  5. Anthony
    Anthony March 17, 04:54

    Like your own absolute statement, right? I think you’ve lost your credibility!

    Reply to this comment
  6. The open Mike
    The open Mike March 17, 11:50

    If the Republicans in the House won’t vote to override a VETO that would preserve the power and authority of Congress to rule in an overreaching Executive Branch / President by setting president to allow the Present to unilaterally act on his own and to divert funds passed by Congress to be used for specific purpose and to enforce the Checks & Balances system devised in the Constitution.; if the Republicans in the House are willing to vote to strip itself of their constitutional power than how would one reasonably conclude that a Republican Senate would vote to Impeach.. Pure fantasy..

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  7. Doug C.
    Doug C. March 18, 03:28

    This smells like a case of overthinking strategy.
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    Pelosi’s Donks are intent on constant, uninterrupted pressure on Trump, his allies and his supporters.
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    In combination with MSM media bias, they can slant public discussion and reporting to make everything Trump does suspicious.
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    Therefore it makes perfect sense for Donks to press Trump from every direction.
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    Bubba was discredited by the end of the impeachment process. He clawed his way back, but the process itself was devastating to him.
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    That’s what the Donks and some Republicans want to inflict on Trump.
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    Trump will not be allowed to claw HIS way back.

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