To Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
If by some odd happenstance you kept abreast of the views of some of us big mouths on Daily Kos, I want to apologize for my doubts about you on impeachment. Honestly, I didn’t think you would ever be persuaded to open a formal impeachment inquiry of Trump because of timidity or crass political calculations. I was wrong. And I would gladly eat a crow right now. Feathers and all.
While I am eating crow, I want to thank any and all on Daily Kos who contacted their representatives and pushed for starting an impeachment inquirty. It made the difference.
Not much more I can say that everyone else in the Democratic community hasn’t already said about Trump’s criminality. We will now see how things unfold.
Speaking of unfolding, did anyone catch that the DNC has upped the requirements for the November Democratic debate? This is from Tiger Beat:
The Democratic National Committee has slightly raised the bar to qualify for the November primary debate in a move unlikely to significantly reduce the number of participating candidates.
Candidates will need to clear 3 percent in four DNC-approved polls, up from the 2 percent required to qualify for the September and October debates. But the committee also created an additional early-state path to qualify: garnering 5 percent in two approved polls conducted in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada or South Carolina.
Additionally, candidates now need to receive donations from 165,000 unique donors — up from 130,000 from the September and October debates — with 600 unique donors in 20 different states, territories or the District of Columbia.
It doesn’t sound like too steep a hill. Well, it is for those not in the top five.
The other six candidates who have qualified for the October debate are less certain to qualify for the November one. Some — like Sens. Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke and businessman Andrew Yang — have already received at least 3 percent in at least one of the three DNC-approved polls that count for the November debate released thus far.
Which is the whole point of this process. I know those candidates not in the top five will complain, and we have freedom of speech in this country. If you are supporter of one of the lower tier candidates, I know what it means to support someone only to seem them not catch fire.