The more things change, the more they remain the same. Here’s a flashback from 2006:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi promised Wednesday that when her party takes over, the new majority will not attempt to remove President Bush from office, despite earlier pledges to the contrary from others in the caucus.
“I have said it before and I will say it again: Impeachment is off the table,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said during a news conference.
Pelosi also said Democrats, despite complaining about years of unfair treatment by the majority GOP, “are not about getting even” with Republicans.
2006 was the high-water mark of the progressive blogosphere. They beat Joe Lieberman in an upset primary, due in large part to a growing anti-war sentiment that was being largely ignored by the media. Lieberman went on to win reelection in the general, but the Democrats were unexpectedly swept into power by a national electorate that was tired of George Bush and the Republicans. Then Nancy Pelosi threw cold water on the prog bloggers when she announced that there would be no impeachment.
It was the smart play.
Never underestimate your enemies. Despite some of the things she says and does, you have to assume that Nancy didn’t get where she is by being stupid. Bush was unpopular but he was on his way out anyway. Win or lose, by the time they finished an impeachment it would be 2008 and the country would be focused on picking his successor. The CW was that the Democrats were favored to win in 2008, but impeachment could muck that up.
That brings us to today.
Bucking calls from many Democrats to try to remove President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi flatly stated she is “not for impeachment” in an interview with The Washington Post published Monday.
The 17-term California Democrat recalled the divisiveness of President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, which she said was “horrible for the country.” She said she would not be willing to go through that again without “overwhelming and bipartisan” justification.
“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,” Pelosi told The Post.
Pelosi’s position may not be popular with the Democratic base. Two-thirds of Democratic voters say Congress should get the ball rolling on impeachment, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.
Nancy has seen the real polls, and Nancy has seen the evidence against Trump. The polls show that Trump is gaining popularity. The Democrats may hate him with a white-hot passion, but the general public is more evenly split. But her real problem is the evidence – they don’t have any.
The Democrats could push impeachment thru the House on a party-line vote. But the Senate has to hold a trial, presided over by Chief Justice Roberts. They have to present evidence and witnesses. And Trump’s lawyers get to present a defense. It is one thing to make wild accusations to the Democrat-friendly, Trump-hating news media. It is a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish to make those accusations in a court setting.
Despite Special Persecutor Robert Mueller’s best (worst) efforts, they don’t have anything on Trump. Nada planada. If the Democrats bring impeachment without good cause, it will backfire. Not only would it virtually guarantee Trump’s reelection, it would probably cost the Democrats the House as well.
Unfortunately for the Democrats, Nancy doesn’t have the same grip on power that she had 13 years ago. The Loony Left is on the rise, and they want blood.