We have to give the devil her due: Nancy Pelosi isn’t as dumb as she sounds. As much as she might struggle to string eight words together, as much as she might look like a total loon when defending herself from a question about “hating Trump,” and as much as her claims of prayerfulness and solemnity sound like bad Saturday Night Live jokes, she’s got a little more going on upstairs than we’d like to admit.
She proved that just after the impeachment vote rolled in on Wednesday night. That was when she mentioned (for the first time) that…well…maybe removing Trump from office wasn’t such an emergency after all.
In a press conference, Pelosi said that House Democrats would now decide if it was necessary to send the articles of impeachment over to the Senate immediately.
“We’ll make a decision as a group, as we always have, as we go along,” she said. “Let me tell you what I don’t consider a fair trial. This is what I don’t consider a fair trial — that Leader McConnell has stated that he’s not an impartial juror, that he’s going to take his cues, in quotes, from the White House, and he is working in total coordination with the White House counsel’s office.
“It’s up to the senators to make their own decision working together, hopefully in recognition of their witnesses that the president withheld from us, their documents that the president withheld from us and we would hope that that information would be available in a trial to go to the next step. Because that’s another level in terms of conviction, in terms of this,” Pelosi continued. “But right now the president is impeached.”
So, to make sense of this: What Pelosi is suggesting is that the House of Representatives can now sort of just sit on the impeachment articles and let them stew a bit. She doesn’t want to hand them off to McConnell, whose Republican-controlled Senate will inevitably (and decisively) acquit Trump along the opposite party-line vote that we just witnessed in the House. Pelosi knows this was nothing more or less than a display of political force, and now it’s headed to a chamber where the other party has that same force. Everyone knows what’s going to happen there, so Pelosi’s final move is to deny Trump his rightful trial.
Clever as a fox, this witch.
“They were prayerful and now they’re punctilious,” Kellyanne Conway said on Fox News. “They just don’t want this process to end because it’s been so much fun. She wants to wait because she’ll never mollify all of the haters and distract the detractors.”
We don’t see withholding these articles as an effective long-term strategy, seeing as how one of the main arguments from House Democrats was that WE CAN’T AFFORD TO WAIT. Makes it a little strange to now push back a Senate trial, don’t you think? But Pelosi is determined to have her big moment of history before the wheels crush her underneath. Enjoy it, Nancy. It won’t last long.