Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Pelosi is right not to rush. Impeachment is a process and investigations are underway.

Trump is "just not worth it"

AZ Blue Meanie thinks that Nancy Pelosi steers the right course. His mantra is “patience, people.”

The “Dems in Disarray” meme is really getting a workout from Washington Post reporters Rachael Bade and Mike DeBonis. These concern trolls really need to knock it off. For example, ‘Like herding cats’: Pelosi struggles to unify Democrats after painful fight over anti-Semitism — Democrats were united and voted unanimously for the Anti-Semitism resolution, and for HR 1; and Pelosi’s caution on impeachment exposes Democratic rift about ousting Trump — no one of any significance of whom I am aware.

What these Post reporters did manage to get right:

Pelosi’s allies believe her skepticism about impeachment protects her moderates in swing districts, gives her an exit strategy should special counsel Robert S. Mueller III find no wrongdoing by the president, and could even strengthen her leverage if something serious arises and Pelosi reverses course to impeach him later.

Tamping down impeachment talk also enables Pelosi to keep the spotlight on the Democratic agenda (see, After HR 1 vote, Democrats ready to move quickly on other top 10 bills), she told lawmakers in a private meeting Monday night. That’s critical amid Republican efforts to cast Democrats as obsessed only with ousting the president, Pelosi allies argue.

Now, I am sure that there are some Democrats upset about what Nancy Pelosi had to say. When are there not? But none of them are in leadership or committee chair positions doing the heavy lifting of oversight investigations to build a case for impeachment. This is a process that takes time, so patience people.

Not everyone at the Post has bought into the “Dems in Disarray”. Jennifer Rubin agrees that Pelosi’s right. Forget about impeachment. Unless…

The Post reports on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) remarks during an interview about a potential impeachment of President Trump: “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

I’ve always thought that was her position. She avoided making an issue of it during November’s midterm elections, and for very good reason. Impeachment isn’t just divisive; it’s hugely unpopular. In most polling, more than 60 percent of voters disapprove of the idea. There is zero indication so far that Republicans are going to break with him so, even if the House were to impeach him, the Senate wouldn’t reach the two-thirds threshold required (and probably not even a majority) to remove him. Trump would then declare victory and Democrats would look feckless.

Unless there is overwhelming and bipartisan consensus that Trump should be removed, it’s not worth seriously considering, she says. Well, that is a very significant qualifier. Impeachment is a monumental undertaking so you better have reason to do so. This is an appropriate analysis since impeachment, undoing an election via Congress, is contemplated as a political, not legal, process and requires a super majority for removal. The American people must be convinced that he cannot remain in office. If there is some atrocious smoking gun and/or the accumulated evidence is so weighty, then even Republicans’ minds might be changed.

[If not for impeachment:] Why bother with congressional hearings? Well, it’s important for the voters to know what Trump has been up to so they can hold him accountable at the polls in 2020. In addition, other people’s crimes or noncriminal wrongdoing may be revealed. The very act of congressional investigation is critical to reestablishing democratic norms and the separation of powers.

Interestingly, though Pelosi dismisses impeachment, she has no problem pronouncing Trump “unfit."

I mean, ethically unfit. Intellectually unfit. Curiosity-wise unfit. No, I don’t think he’s fit to be president of the United States. And that’s up to us to make the contrast to show that this president — while he may be appealing to you on your insecurity and therefore your xenophobia, whether it’s globalization or immigrants — is fighting clean air for your children to breathe, clean water for them to drink, food safety, every good thing that we should be doing that people can’t do for themselves. You know, I have five kids, and I think I can do everything for them, but I can’t control the air they breathe, the water that they drink. You depend on the public sector to do certain things for the health and well-being of your family, and he is counter to that.

Trump’s fitness for office is a matter for the voters. They made a horrible judgment in that regard in 2016. Next year, they’ll have to consider the past four years and render a different judgment.

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