House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is intent on putting off any full House vote that would add some semblance of legitimacy to the Democratic Party’s unofficial impeachment inquiry. Mind you, we’re not talking about putting articles of impeachment themselves up for a vote. No, Pelosi is too scared to even put the idea of starting an inquiry to the floor of the House.
This can mean one of two things: One, she’s not confident that she’s got enough Democrats in her pocket willing to go on record for this witch hunt, or, two, she’s afraid of what a vote might mean in terms of opening this process up to Republicans. Either way, it only solidifies the fact that this is a wholly partisan procedure that has nothing at all to do with the House of Representatives’ constitutional duties.
“The move came amid opposition from key chairmen and members of leadership, as well as a number of centrist Democrats facing tough reelection bids,” reports Politico. “Trump, White House officials and Republicans on Capitol Hill have seized on the absence of such a vote as an unacceptable break with House precedent and have vowed to resist what they describe as an illegitimate probe.”
Exactly. There is no reason at all why the White House should feel compelled to cooperate with an inquiry being done without majority support in the House. If this is to be the way the inquiry will be conducted, why did Democrats even bother waiting until they won last year’s elections? They could have held their little “inquiry” when they were in the minority, and it would have meant about as much as it does now. This is nothing more than a media-driven sideshow, and to even use the word “impeachment” in conjunction with it is to simply repeat Democratic campaign propaganda.
“There’s no requirement that we have a vote, and at this time, we will not have a vote,” Pelosi said Tuesday. “We’re not here to call bluffs. We’re here to find the truth, to uphold the Constitution of the United States. This is not a game for us, this is deadly serious.”
You’re not here to call bluffs? This entire sham IS a bluff. You’re actively lying to your constituents. This is not a real impeachment inquiry. Indeed, we see no evidence that anything at all changed when that Ukraine whistleblower came forward. The rhetoric got a little more pointed, and the media’s adoring coverage got a little more blatant, but that’s about all. You’re going to impeach Donald Trump the way Michelle Obama is going to run for the nomination: In your fantasies.
The truth is, Pelosi’s swing-district Democrats can’t afford to put their names on this inquiry. They can’t afford to go back home and tell their constituents that they voted to remove the duly-elected President of the United States because they didn’t like something he said in a phone call. It won’t fly. So Pelosi is walking this thin line between losing the House majority on the one hand and raising enough money for 2020 candidates on the other. It’s a joke, and a responsible media would report it that way.
But then, talk about fantasies.