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Friday, January 10, 2020

UPDATED: Nancy Caves


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to lawmakers Friday that she would be proceeding with sending the passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate until next week.
“I have asked Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote in a dear colleague letter.

Senate Dems have been telling Pelosi that she wasn't going to win against McConnell and a united GOP. Time to get the farce over with--the sooner the better. And there McConnell will be willing to help.

As long as Trump avoids a major war, the Dems will have hell to pay for this travesty.

UPDATE: David Harsanyi has a pretty good article that exposes the depths of Dem ineptitude--exceeded only by their moral turpitude: Pelosi's Embarrassing Impeachment Blunder. Some excerpts to give you a flavor:

America is the midst of an imaginary impeachment standoff between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "Both have drawn firm lines in the sand. Someone's got to give," one reporter recently declared. 
There is, of course, nothing to "give." Pelosi has no standing to dictate the terms of a Senate trial; no constitutional right or political leverage. Why she has put herself in a position that will ultimately end, one way or another, with her surrendering to McConnell is perplexing. 
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McConnell, on the other hand, had to take only a short break from confirming judges to inform the House that the Senate would treat the impeachment of Donald Trump the same way it treated the impeachment of Bill Clinton -- with a rules package that passed 100-0 in 1998.

The obvious explanation is that Pelosi is far from the political genius she's claimed to be. Harsanyi hints at that:

A new piece in Time magazine does shed some light on the thought process behind Pelosi's decision to refuse to hand over articles of impeachment to a Senate whose majority doesn't want them. One of the most interesting nuggets in the piece isn't that Pelosi -- portrayed as courageous risk-taker -- had gotten the bright idea from CNN; it's that she specifically got it from noted felon John Dean, Nixon's former White House lawyer. Now, Dean is often portrayed as a patriotic, whistleblowing impeachment expert -- which is true insofar as he planned the Watergate coverup, and then informed on everyone whom he conspired with after they were caught. His real expertise is cashing in on criminality for the past 50 years. 
Surely Pelosi, blessed with preternatural political instincts, wouldn't rely on Dean's advice?

Could that be the explanation? That Pelosi admires the way Dean has cashed in on his perfidy for all these years?




8 comments:

  1. Well, Nancy got her distraction to fill the air between IG Horowitz's report and the next 24/7 brouhaha. Don't think it accrued to their favor--the Dems keep stepping on rakes.

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  2. Anyone else find this phrasing a bit... odd?

    " House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced to lawmakers Friday that she would be proceeding with sending the passed articles of impeachment over to the Senate until next week.

    “I have asked Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote in a dear colleague letter."

    Ahhh.... the Articles were already passed; she doesn't need a "resolution" to transmit them to the Senate.

    It seems like Queen Nancy is engaging in a "Festival of Magisterial Bullshit."

    Why doesn't she just appoint the managers and send the damned articles, and skip all the superfluous formality, and stop "gilding the lily"? It's not like the articles have to travel far... the Senate is just on the other side of the Capitol building, not someplace on Mars.

    If I didn't know better, I'd suspect she's delaying yet again on purpose, so the Senate's 25 day time limit they are imposing will expire before her Magisterial Machinations are completed, the Senate declares the Impeachment null and void, and she gets to blame the evil GOP for not letting her "precious" Articles of Impeachment be heard in trial in the Senate.

    That prevents the Senate GOP from slicing up the fake Impeachment and showing the American Public on live TV what a fraud Pelosi, Schiff, and Nadler and their vacuous fabricated Impeachment really are.

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  3. EZ: she gets to blame the evil GOP for not letting her "precious" Articles of Impeachment be heard in trial in the Senate.
    If so, she seems to be giving up on most of the country, and hoping to rile up the Left to a fever-pitch of hate, just as Sotomayor is doing likewise, with her touting of the far Left D.A. of San Fran. (See Mark's post today "Recommended Reads On Our Continuing Political Crisis".)

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    1. Yes; as I have maintained all through the Impeachment Theater, I am convinced that Pelosi and the rest of the Dems are basically conceding the presidential election to Trump, knowing that none of their kooky or crooked candidates can beat him, and are only concerned with salvaging Congressional seats, as well as Governorships and control of state legislatures, all of which are contingent on the Dem base being fired up and back on the reservation on election day, having been deeply disappointed in the Dems after being promised that the Mueller Report would vanquish Trump for good.

      Hence, the Impeachment Theater -- which placates the Dem base, at the cost of driving more voters to Trump -- but they are resigned to losing the WH in 2020, so that doesn't matter.

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  4. Cocaine 1 double martini 0


    Rob S

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  5. One would not have been surprised to learn that weasel Rosenstein was taking lessons from rat Dean but one would assume the much ballyhooed political genius of the House would be able to fix on a less odious muse for the most significant decision of her career. Alas, apparently, one would be wrong.
    Tom S.

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