Wednesday, January 8, 2020

UPDATED: Pelosi Is Losing Senate Dems

Several sites are reporting that Diane Feinstein--undoubtedly speaking for quite a few more Dem senators--is demanding that Pelosi send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate:

Looks like a cave to the GOP, united behind Trump and Cocaine Mitch--this is the kind of thing that makes McConnell such a great Senate leader:

Other Senate Democrats are joining Feinstein in her calls against Pelosi’s decision to withhold the articles. 
According to Vox Senior Political Correspondent Andrew Prokop, Senators Chris Murphy, D-Conn., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., agree it is time Pelosi send the articles to the Senate. 
“I think the time has past [sic]. [Pelosi] should send the articles over,” Murphy said.

Imagine what their polling is telling them!

UPDATE: Ya gotta luv the way Scott Jennings puts it:

McConnell just ate Pelosi and Schumer's lunch

Jennings' op-ed piece makes an interesting contrast to the other CNN pieces, liberally linked throughout his article. Samples:

This is the bombshell Trump's team didn't want revealed 
John Bolton's statement should scare Trump

Uh, right!

Here are some excerpts from Jennings' article, edited to work in a more or less continuous style:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have been bested by Mitch McConnell yet again. The two Democrats attempted to create impeachment leverage where none existed by withholding the Articles of Impeachment passed last month against President Donald Trump. 
But like your Aunt Frieda threatening not to bring her awful fruitcake to Christmas Dinner, their plan didn't work. Nobody wanted it in the first place.
McConnell won this round against his Keystone Cops opposition because he has something Schumer and Pelosi don't: a reasonable argument. 
I guess opposing Donald Trump is a helluva drug. 
The days of Pelosi being hailed as some next-level genius impeachment strategist I guess will have to come to an end for the liberal pundit industry. Her plan to withhold the articles of impeachment to create that "leverage" over McConnell failed spectacularly. No Republicans were harmed, pressured, or otherwise inconvenienced in the making of this sad, sad film.

They failed to convince a single Republican in the House that impeachment was necessary. They failed to pressure Mitch McConnell's conference to do their homework for them.

And they will fail to remove President Trump from office when all is said and done, instead delivering him to a perch of exoneration from which he will bludgeon them for weeks. 
This could not have gone more poorly if the Democrats had tried. Any Republican senator on the ballot this year knows it would be suicide to join Pelosi or Schumer's hapless crusade now.

Meanwhile, Pelosi's great triumph was getting all those Trump district freshman reps to walk the plank for her.


  1. Eating Pelosi's lunch. I thought Cocaine Mitch was a drug guy, why would he want Pelosi's lunch, a double martini.

    Rob S

    1. I shoulda linked one of those videos showing Pelosi babbling incoherently.

    2. I just forced myself to watch her doing just that at her presser this AM. Surreal. Terribly disorganized face, waving hands, inappropriate smiles and grimaces, and a bizarro rant that tried to bury “the question I know you will ask” in a blizzard of unrelated stuff from Puerto Rico to her family’s Baltimore loyalties in the Super Bowl finals… She rambled all over the map, lost in her own words and mendacity...

  2. I'll be plenty happy to ditch my demand for putting the Spygate perps on trial in exchange for Senate Rs stressing how much House Ds swore up & down the evidence already collected was indisputable proof Trump has to go, and that damn soon. I want video of such lowlights, and lots of it.

    If they can properly plant into the voters' heads how much Ds assured us they already have all the evidence they need to convict and then some, then it should work just fine to say, "Okay Dems, you said the evidence already collected was overwhelming; now let's have it."

    That will be fun, and well done, if it comes to pass.

  3. I don't know if this impeachment theatre can get any sillier, but no doubt it will.

    With media parroting Pelosi and Schumer, that removing Trump is a necessity and a slam dunk, while anyone with two brain cells asks, "where's the beef," this is sure to get nonsensical.

    Seemingly, there are some Dems elected in Trump leaning districts and states, up for re-election, who are vulnerable the longer this theatre act keeps playing.

    1. Don Surber keeps reminding us that Trump pulled off something unprecedented by flipping a handful of Senate seats in the 2018 midterms. That's historically unprecedented for a very long time. So you can bet that Senate Dems who will be up in 2020 took note of how effective Trump was in influencing Senate races. He can only be more effective if he himself is on the ballot--all else being equal.