Pelosi Surrenders: Impeachment Articles To Senate

Pelosi Surrenders: Impeachment Articles To Senate

Pelosi Surrenders: Impeachment Articles To Senate

Chalk this one up as a monumentally huge FAIL on the part of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The entire Democrat narrative on impeachment has crumbled, and now, the solidarity in the caucus has as well.

Heckuva job, Nancy! That impeachment limbo you decided was your best strategy for “leverage” has turned into a complete joke, Mitch McConnell has enjoyed mocking you relentlessly…

… and the Democrat team had begun to show some pretty big cracks. Representative Adam Smith got slapped down by the caucus for daring to suggest that Pelosi had played this game long enough, and had to “rephrase” what he had said, but Pelosi was starting to lose senators. Senate Democrats realized that Mitch McConnell actually meant what he said. Cocaine Mitch plays for keeps, and he reminded everyone of that again just a few days ago.

When you lose Dianne Feinstein, what do you have left?
So much for the awesome “strategery” and leadership of Nancy Pelosi, who allowed the hard left base to rush the impeachment under the guise of there being no time to lose, because President Trump was too “dangerous” to stay in office, and then proved the lie by sitting on the articles of impeachment. When the GOP pointed and laughed and said the equivalent of “please don’t throw me in the briar patch,” the Democrats all turned and looked at their supposed tactical genius, Speaker Pelosi, and said “what now?”

While Pelosi tried to figure out “what now?,” other people did the math and realized that an extended impeachment trial would really mess with the Democrat presidential primary candidates. Oops.

Between the cracks in the House caucus, exasperated Senate Democrats, and probably enraged presidential candidates who also happen to be Senators, Nancy Pelosi finally decided to wave the white flag today and surrender.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Friday that she will take steps next week to send impeachment articles to the Senate, after delaying the process since last month in a bid to extract favorable terms in a trial.”

“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate. I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” Pelosi, D-Calif., wrote in a letter to colleagues.”

The surrender didn’t stop San Fran Nan from trying to spin for the win.

Pelosi nevertheless defended her approach in the memo Friday, stressing important new information on the Ukraine controversy at the heart of impeachment that emerged during the interim.”

“I am very proud of the courage and patriotism exhibited by our House Democratic Caucus as we support and defend the Constitution,” she wrote. She continued to press the Senate, as she has for weeks, to conduct a “fair trial” with witnesses and documents.”

“In an impeachment trial, every Senator takes an oath to ‘do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.’ Every Senator now faces a choice: to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution,” she wrote. “No one is above the law, not even the President.”

One has to wonder what kind of political future Nancy Pelosi has now. While she crowed gleefully about impeaching Trump now being in the history books, her “sit on it” strategy is undoubtedly going to be scrutinized in those same history books, and I’m betting it won’t go well for her. Pelosi knew she couldn’t win an impeachment trial, but she lost control of the caucus when she failed to bring The Squad to heel. That power move gave the hard left in the caucus the edge in pushing for impeachment, and Pelosi gambled on the hope that there would be enough evidence to sustain her impeachment suspicions. The delay bought Pelosi and the Democrats no advantages, and actually eroded their own case against President Trump. Now, in surrendering with no “leverage,” how does Pelosi keep control of her caucus through the 2020 election cycle?

Pelosi, egged on by the hard left, broke herself in trying to outplay Mitch McConnell in her desire to “get” Donald Trump. But at least she still has Lawrence Tribe propping her up.

Has anyone told Tribe that Pelosi is married and will never agree to date him? This feels as desperate as it looks. This is no tactical triumph for the Speaker of the House. She played her game and lost.

Featured image: Nancy Pelosi, from her official Flickr account, photo by Julio Obscura on February 7, 2018, cropped, Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

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  • GWB says:

    a monumentally huge FAIL on the part of Speaker of the House
    I’m still not sure this wasn’t built-in from the get-go. Nancy didn’t want to try the actual impeachment (preferring, instead, I think, to just continue investigating and flinging mud until the election), but was shoved into it by the flakier, angrier commie-wing of the Dems. Hoping to hold onto this for as long as possible, in order to keep it in the news (as a fallback from her desired outcome of just investigating until the election), she tried the delay ploy.

    Who knew Trump would do the world a massive favor and kill an Iranian terrorist leader?

  • GWB says:

    the equivalent of “please don’t throw me in the briar patch,”
    Oh noes! Racist!!!!!!!!

    important new information on the Ukraine controversy at the heart of impeachment that emerged during the interim
    Huh?! Whu? Why haven’t I heard of this? What is this “new information”? Where can it be found?

    to be loyal to the President or to the Constitution
    Too bad the Dems didn’t choose that latter option anytime in the last … 15 years or more?

    As Emerson said:
    “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.”

  • Mike-in-Keller says:

    GOP Senators should line up, one after and another, and say, “Oh, on the matter of additional witnesses. I would like to here from Eric Ciaramella, Adam Schiff [what did he know and when did he know it], the staff of the House Intelligence committee who met with the whistleblower [what did they know and when did they know it], the whistleblower. I’d like to learn more about quids and quos, real quids and real quos, by hearing from Joe and Hunter Biden, if not additional members of the Biden family. I would like to have a thorough audit of the Biden empire. I also think that Sen Schumer should be called to testify, along with HRH Pelosi and Congress-critter Nadler. And that’s just a start.”

  • Scott says:

    Shouldn’t all the Senators running for President recuse themselves due to the OBVIOUS conflict of interest? Yeah, I know, about as much chance of that as Pelosi and the Dims actually “Supporting and Defending the Constitution”, instead of just trying to use it form their own agenda..

  • Joe in PNG says:

    She’s a sadly typical type- the person who’s good at backroom politics, but a disaster in a leadership position.
    Don’t forget this is the lady who turned a majority under a Democrat president over to her opponents in just 2 years.

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