Pelosi: No on Impeachment

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The Democrat caucus in the House has a number of divisions, perhaps the most salient one is the division between the Left and the Crazy Left:

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made her strongest comments to date on impeachment, saying in a new interview that President Trump is “just not worth it,” unless there’s bipartisan support for going down that road.

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The California Democrat has set a very high bar for impeachment proceedings, even as the more progressive wing of her caucus clamors to remove Trump from office.

Impeachment has split the caucus since Democrats took control of the House in January, and the topic has gained steam in recent weeks following explosive testimony from Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen.

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) re-introduced articles of impeachment on the first day of the new Congress in January, alleging that Trump had obstructed justice by firing then-FBI Director James Comey.

Freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — who drew national attention on her first day in office by pledging to “impeach the motherf—er” — said last week she will introduce a measure by the end of the month to oust the president.

In an interview with Showtime’s “The Circus” that aired Sunday, interviewer Alex Wagner remarked to Tlaib that “it doesn’t feel like you think he’s any less of a motherf—er today than two months ago.”

“That’s right,” Tlaib replied, smiling.

A third Democrat, Rep. Al Green (Texas), has pledged to force another House floor impeachment vote. He forced two procedural votes on impeachment during the 115th Congress when Republicans were in the majority, but neither effort was successful.

Green is scheduled to discuss his next steps on impeachment in an interview with C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” on Tuesday morning.

Sherman told reporters on Monday that he didn’t interpret Pelosi’s new comments as a change from what she’s said in the past. “I mean, I know she said, ‘I’m going to make news,’ but I don’t think she said anything that was surprising news,” Sherman said.
He acknowledged that public support isn’t widespread enough to begin impeachment proceedings, especially since the findings of Mueller’s investigation are unknown. But Sherman argued that simply talking about impeachment is a tool in itself.
“If we hadn’t talked about impeachment, God knows what he would have done,” Sherman said, referring to the president. “He has to think about impeachment a little bit, and I’m sure that there are 20 truly ugly things that crossed his mind that he didn’t do precisely because we talked about it.”

Outside of Congress, liberals agitating for Trump’s impeachment, like billionaire activist Tom Steyer, quickly began pushing back on Pelosi’s latest remarks.

Go here to read the rest.  This is the smart move politically, but I doubt that Pelosi will be able to hold to it.  Democrats in icy blue districts have to be looking over their shoulders right now, fearing a successful challenge from the next Ocasio-Cortez to topple them.  Also, since 2016 the Democrats and much of the media have been saying that Trump is a crazed tyrant.  Now the crazed tyrant gets to stay in office because Pelosi finds it politically inconvenient.  Also, don’t underestimate the amount of rank and file Democrat true hatred of Trump, as virulent as it is irrational.  Unless Pelosi capitulates, the Crazed Left cannot win an impeachment vote in the House.  However, they could make the House ungovernable by Pelosi, and that might make her, based on “new evidence”, change her mind.  Of course this all means that impeachment remains a live issue in 2020, and I think as a result the Democrats will face a much more unified GOP than they did in 2020.  Interesting times.

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12 Comments

  1. Seriously though, I cannot imagine for the life of me that the dem/left will go down quietly. We’ve seen the outrage since the President was elected and the hopes of impeachment they clung to, but to lose another presidential election to the same man who in their view will have escaped impeachment?

    I really think what we’ve seen for the last 2+ years from the left will be nothing compared to what is to come if they lose age. I truly fear for those who live in urban areas. Living in the middle of Nowhere, New Hampshire there is little here except quiet, woods and four legged creatures. There is nothing here the hipsters/communists want. I cannot see the leftist violence converge on us anytime soon unless the urban areas capitulate to their brutality and violence.

    We all know the law does not concern the leftists and they will do and say anything they have to to put their own ideology in place through peaceful means or violent.

  2. I suspect she wisely took this route because it is the best–without the risk of impeachment backfiring in 2020.
    Why? Well, she again affirms the impeachment is certainly earned and then after two years of shouting impeachment (to implant the thought firmly into the voter’s minds) she then seeks the glory, (that virtue signalling game again) of being above the fray by letting the evil man off the hook…even while dissing him as not being worth her superior party’s efforts.

  3. Sorry I’ve been in a coma a few years. Did you just suggest that there now exists a Crazed Left compared to Pelosi? Induce me again doc!

  4. I the impeachment now caucus has the bit between the teeth alright.

    He said in an impeccable impression of Anthony Quayle.

  5. “Leftism has an infinite capacity to go farther Left.”

    Absolutely. There’s always the next thing, especially when the next thing is all there is-

  6. A member of Congress contends it is ‘obstruction of justice’ for the president to fire a subordinate (who had repeatedly lied to him). Two things: (1) the Democratic Party has no principles; any improvisation or excuse will do. (2) All of this controversy is based on emotions. (The NeverTrump complaint seems to be based on taste and unaknowledged objects).

    Have a look at what’s coming in on our Facebook. Our Republican friends post pictures of their grandchildren or pictures of their lunch or inspirational tidbits. Every once in a while a light-hearted jab arrives from one person (a spinster with no grandchildren). Our Democrat friends post some things about their domestic life and sundry apercus, but also scads of political junk. These people think in silly memes, think in slogans, fancy contrived hit pieces are careful investigatory work product. One of the worst offenders is a retired educrat with degrees from Bowdoin and Columbia. Up until about two years ago, I had no idea how many fanatics were in our social circle.

  7. Retweeting liberal groupthink memes is how you show you can handle things. That you’re smart, not like liberals say about conservatives, dumb. You’re smart and you want respect!

  8. Leftism is imbecilic, yet persists. Why so?
    1. There are always fresh imbeciles coming out of college and elsewhere.
    2. There are manipulators like Pelosi who wear Leftism on their faces, but do not necessarily carry it in their hearts. Not True Believers themselves, they play-act enough to convince the dumber masses in their party, while practicing hard-nosed politics for their own advantage and to provide enough sops the keep the masses at least moderately content. Many Leftists see through Pelosi better than we do, but phonies like her are all that keeps the “movement” politically viable – for the time being. The “movement” will fall apart when either (a) the Phony Leader starts believing her own lies or (b) she gets replaced with a True Believer whose flaming incompetence or political naivety brings it all down. Cue to AOC.

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