The Problem With Pelosi and The I-Word
I’m so glad to hear that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is coming to her senses about impeachment for the president.
Wait, what? No? No, that was last week. Or no, maybe it was last month. So hard to keep up with the changes of heart and tongue. But she recently thanked us for our impatience. I’m not sure if that was meant to be a witty reverse metaphor or if she thought we wouldn’t notice that her delivery of late has been a little jinky.
“It’s a beautiful thing,” she reminds us. Our impatience? Or impeachment? Or the fact that we are giving her a pass on the malapropistic tone of her I-word explanations.
“Make no mistake,” Pelosi assures us. “We know exactly what path we’re on. We’re following the facts.”
Really, because we would like to see that path. Where is it? And where does it lead?
I voted for Pelosi in the 80s and 90s. She was strong, decisive, intelligent and very “together” as we used to say, although she did not win popularity contests across the board. Now, decades later, within the span of a month, she has been walking on a jagged road, avoiding obstacles by going under and around but never confronting head on, the why of her temerity on impeachment. The excuses we’ve heard run from the sublime to the ridiculous.
“I don’t think impeachment is good for the country.”
Really? Why is that? We noticed your concern, Nance, but we didn’t catch the reason. Let’s try again.
“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.”
The American people seem to think there are many compelling, overwhelming somethings, including 23 allegations of sexual misconduct and thousands of immigrant children misplaced, mistreated, and abused, and general misbehavior unbecoming a president. Nasty behavior.
“We need to focus on the upcoming election,” Pelosi warned. “Trump will be soundly defeated and unable to contest the results. We have to inoculate against that, we have to be prepared for that.”
So then, it’s really about winning, is that it? If we start the I-word proceedings, we want to be sure to win in the end. And we cannot “win” because the Republican controlled senate will not convict. Therefore, let us not even go there?
“We do not want to impeach for political reasons.”
Article 2, Section 4 states that the “President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Enough already with pretenders. This to impeach or not to impeach scenario is NOT the question. The question is, does Pelosi or any member of congress know what they are doing? I believe the answer is a firm NO! Only three times in the history of this country has the impeachment process been viable. And never in our history has there been a president like the president in office today.
The term Impeachment is the first step in a process that may lead to removal from office. That process starts with filing formal charges by the House of Representatives. We need to remember this because Pelosi seems to think we don’t understand.
“What’s important for people to know… do you know that most people think impeachment means you’re out of office? They think if you get impeached, you’re gone, and that is completely not true.”
No, Nancy, I don’t think most people think that. But now that you’ve pointed it out, I’m sure we, the dummies, get it.
“So when you’re impeaching somebody, you want to make sure you have the strongest possible indictment because it is not the means to an end that people think. All you do, vote to impeach, bye bye birdie. It isn’t that. It is an indictment, so you want to have the best possible indictment.”
“Nothing is off the table,” she said at one point, which was encouraging and bolstered by a brash “We believe that the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.” And the latest statement of controversy. “I don’t want to see him impeached. I want to see him in prison.”
It almost sounds as if Pelosi is thinking out loud to see if what she’s saying will sync with public opinion. We are waiting for the next shoe to drop. And the next excuse. Maybe she has a plan. Her supporters say she does and they thank us for our impatience. Just wait and watch as things unfold over time. Unless of course, the plan doesn’t fly and we run out of time.
Remember how the Nixon impeachment process ended? He resigned and was pardoned. Maybe that’s this president’s plan as well.
Surely Pelosi doesn’t think #WeThePeople will forget about the “I” word. I assure you, we will not.