Madam Speaker Flips and Flops on Impeachment

Madam Speaker Flips and Flops on Impeachment

Madam Speaker Flips and Flops on Impeachment

Madam Speaker has spoken. And danced. And changed positions. And finally come around to the position we all expected. She’s flipped and flopped her way into beginning the process that could lead to the impeachment of Donald Trump. She’s spent the months since the Speaker’s gavel was once again placed in her hand saying she didn’t think impeachment was appropriate–yet. But anyone with an ounce of common sense knew better. She’s made it perfectly clear since the 2016 election that she will do almost anything to get Trump out of office. Now her song and dance routine has come to an end and she will hold a “closed-door meeting Wednesday morning to deal with new pressure to go forward with an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.”

What is interesting about the timing of her announcement is that she spent much of the day denying any split in the party over the impeachment issue. There would not, according to her, be any movement in the direction of impeachment. Then, suddenly, she does a 180 that had to leave her with a case of whiplash. So what happened?

According to ABC News, members of the House Judiciary Committee “stood tall” in demanding for Trump’s impeachment. Rep. Jamie Raskin apparently pressed the issue, claiming such a move “could streamline Democrats’ investigations and help them in court.”

If that comment doesn’t give you pause, it should. Their fishing expedition better known as the Mueller Report didn’t work to drive Trump from office. Their continued harassment of members of his Administration, past and present, not to mention members of his family, failed to force him out of office. So now members of the Democratic Party are casting their last hope to drive Trump from office on impeachment. More investigations and–get this–court proceedings.

Where is the concern about what is best for the country?

Where is the respect for the rule of law?

It isn’t with many in the Democratic Party and, it would appear, it isn’t with Madam Speaker, who seems more concerned about holding onto power than she is in sticking to her proverbial guns.

Those backing impeachment are, according to ABC, doing so because it will “help them strengthen their investigation and obtain documents and information the administration is blocking.” In other words, they want to use the very serious impeachment process in an attempt to get around the law when it comes to the Mueller Report. They have no respect for the sanctity of the secrecy grand jury proceedings. They have no concern for national security. If they did, they would have spent the same amount of energy and money trying to take down Hillary Clinton as they have Trump.

Rep. Mark Pocan, a co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, claims Trump’s “stonewalling” of Congress “only enhances the President’s appearance of guilt.” This so-called appearance of guilt is all Pocan needs to justify an impeachment investigation. Guilt by innuendo and hypocrisy. There are a number of Democratic politics who should be glad the “appearance of guilt” standard isn’t being applied to them.

Of course, the usual chorus of haters is chiming in.

I’ll admit, for a moment, I found myself agreeing with Omar. An impeachment inquiry isn’t an act to be taken “out of political expediency.” Then she had to add that next bit. Cutting through all the bullshit coming from her and others, they want a fishing expedition that will cost taxpayers who knows how many tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on the hope they will find something to use against Trump–if not to impeach him then to attack him with on the 2020 presidential trail.

Not to be left out of the circus, Sheila Jackson Lee told CNN she would be introducing  “a resolution of investigation,” calling on the House Judiciary Committee to determine if there is enough evidence to move forward with impeachment proceedings.

Even Robert “Beto” O’Rourke got in on the act during the CNN town hall meeting. Beto who can’t state a policy or position without someone else first coming out with it.

How long before the rest of the ever-growing field of Democratic hopefuls chime in as well? Have no doubt they are rushing to their social media accounts even as I write this to jump on the “Dump Trump” bandwagon.

But for now, you can be sure Madam Speaker isn’t upset at all by this latest development. She’s played the game. She can tell those who wanted the Dems to take it slow because they have more sense than their elected representatives that she did her best. She tried to be the voice of reason. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to learn Pelosi has been orchestrating this since before the Mueller Report was released. She wants Trump out and she wants to maintain her power position in the House.

Watch what happens over the next few days and weeks. Keep an eye on Speaker Pelosi. She has to be hoping this attempt to oust Trump will be more successful than their earlier efforts. How long will she be able to hide the self-satisfied smirk of knowing she managed to pull off her plan to begin impeachment proceedings without actually being the one to start the process? She is walking a thin but very dangerous line.

And here’s hoping Madam Speaker falls off sooner, rather than later.

Featured image: Nancy Pelosi–caricature by DonkeyHotey. Creative Commons 2.0 license.

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  • Yeah says:

    it would be a huge mistake for the Democrats to start impeachment proceedings. Right now they have innuendo, lies, bias, all working in their favor. You can’t read a single Democrat column or listen to a single Democrat politician without them spouting a litany of charges against President Trump, all false. But when you do that for the MSM, you don’t have to prove any of it. certainly no reporter in the MSM is going to challenge any of the lies and innuendo that a Democrat politician puts out. But once you start impeachment proceedings, it all becomes quite legal, where President Trump’s lawyers can actually challenge Democrat statements and ask for proof. Since the Democrats have no proof they’re going to look pretty stupid. They bet it all on the Mueller report, and now all they have is their lies.

    • Amanda Green says:

      That’s something Pelosi understands but the newer members–AOC and company–don’t. Others are simply blinded by Trump Derangement Syndrome. The MSM knows it too. All you have to do is look at the headlines and the editorials to see it. This morning, I saw editorials declaring Trump wasn’t sane–based on the writer’s non-professional opinion that the President has a “non-ordered mind” and telling the courts they needed to move swiftly to knock down Trump at every turn. It doesn’t matter what Trump does, they want it stopped, no matter what the cost to the country.

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