So, Nancy Pelosi won’t allow formal impeachment hearings in the House unless she is sure that the Democrats can drag along at least enough of those pesky Republicans to make for a “Who shot JR?” style finale in the Senate, huh? because it’s so, like divisive. Well, hell! Where are the tar and feathers when you really need them?!? This is what you get for putting a crazy old lady from California in charge!
Lord and little fishes, everybody breathe into a paper bag for a minute, will ya? I’ve argued both sides of this coin in the past. For the most part, I have fallen firmly on the side of letting the will of the people do this job at the ballot box in 2020, simply to avoid making this clownish na;;ot each a martyr for his pig headed, racist slob supporters. In the run up to 2018, I strongly advised that everybody STFU about impeachment if we won, to keep his depressed base from showing up to protect him from the threat. We all saw how that turned out. And on one occasion, I felt that Trump had crossed the line into being an actual threat to national security, and that the political consequences were overridden by the constitutional necessity to make a stand.
This is why we currently have a Speaker Pelosi, and not a Speaker Ocasio-Cortez, or a Speaker Talib, or any of the other young guns. There is nobody on Capitol Hill, on either the Republican or the Democratic side, who is more attuned to, or more adept at, running and executing political calculations. Most certainly not the Presidential rectal chiropractor, Mitch McConnell. And in this decision, Speaker Pelosi is right, on two counts.
Nancy Pelosi is right. Impeachment is an incredibly divisive course of action. Mainly because the founding fathers purposely made it that way. By requiring a 2/3 vote in the Senate to convict, they ensured that the “high crime or misdemeanor” be so high that even the Presidents own party couldn’t stomach him. Make no mistake, the founding fathers were as vindictive as hell. If we fucked up at the ballot box, they wanted us to suffer for our sins, no cheap do overs. But there still had to be a constitutional way fo allow for the removal of a truly dangerous duly elected President, before he became an unduly elected King.So far, only Richard Nixon was onerous enough to be convicted in the Senate, and he knew it, which is why he tucked his tail between his legs and skedaddled for San Clemente.
Nancy Pelosi is right, the numbers don’t support impeachment. Not only in the Senate, but also in almost every national poll so far taken. For all of his millions, and all of his online petition signatures, Tom Steyer has not noticeably moved the needle. The number of Americans who want to see Donnie DImshit impeached is still 12-16 points underwater. That’s not just Trump’s base talking, there are a whole lot of Americans out there, who while they view this president as an insufferable prick, still don’t think that he should be given the heave-ho. Right now we have a historically unpopular President, and an unsettled GOP base, why risk not only motivating his base, but also aggravate a good sized chunk of the voting public that wants to spank him themselves? I want to throw a little historical tidbit at y’all. In 2012, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made such a cheesy pain in the ass of himself that the Democrats were able to force a recall election, the state version of impeachment. They did this in the face of strong public opposition in Wisconsin to the recall. Not only did Walker survive the recall, he went on to win reelection to another 4 year term in 2014, the Democrats punishment for their overreach. If I can remember that, you think Nancy Pelosi can? Impeachment against public sentiment is a risky venture at best, and self destructive at worst.
But here’s the second reason that Nancy Pelosi is right. I don’t believe for a hot nanosecond that this was some accidental, off the cuff flub by Nancy Pelosi. She was making this statement on purpose, and in direct response to external stimuli. That stimuli is coming from a combination of Democratic House members calling for immediate impeachment proceedings, as well as media figures calling the House investigations, “informal impeachment proceedings.” In the age of Trump, Pelosi knows that the mere attachment of the word impeachment makes any findings connected to it “Fake News!” to Trump’s moronic sheeple. She is trying to separate her fledgling investigations from the stigmata that the word impeachment carries with it.
There is an old phrase that people like to use, even around here, and especially in regards to former President Barack Obama; “He’s playing three dimensional chess while the other guy is playing checkers.” Well, as I see it, with this move, Nancy Pelosi is exercising political quantum physics while Trump is banging a rock against a piece of flint, trying to invent sparks. What I see here is Nancy Pelosi embarking on a mind fuck of Biblical proportions. Here’s how it goes.
What Nancy Pelosi just said is akin to, “I don’t really care what you find, this orangutan in a Cardin suit is not worth risking our chances in the 2020 election. Impeachment is off of the table!” What comes next? She turns corruption seeking missiles like Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff loose to turn up every last despicable thing Trump has ever done in their publicized hearings. All without the taint of the word “impeachment” attached to them. Peoples jaws drop in shock at the audacity of this cheap huckster, and how easily they were conned. Nancy says, “I know, he’s a nasty piece of work, but what do you want me to do about it?” Your kid never wants that 1-A-Day in the morning until you tell him that he can’t have it. Take impeachment off of the table, and watch the punlic polling numbers for impeachment go through the roof when people start seeing his cheap scams unravel on live television.
This is a win-win situation for Pelosi and the Democrats. By taking impeachment off of the table, they make it the forbidden fruit, and just provide the evidence, and wait for the surly masses to demand it. And if it gets too late in the cycle to impeach? Who cares. There have been 18 months of disastrous televised hearings, all of the Pampers President’s sins laid bare, with no other remedy in sight, except at the ballot box.I can do nothing except to shake my head in wonder at this move.
Copies of President Evil, and the sequel, President Evil II, A Clodwork Orange are still sitting around collecting dust, and Amazon is starting to send me nasty e-mails. And what better time to get reacquainted with the roller coaster that was the 2016 election cycle than before the release of the final volume of the trilogy, President Evil III, All the Presidents Fen.
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