It isn’t often that I think of Nancy Pelosi as a voice of political moderation – not to mention sanity. But this is very definitely one of them.
From Sarah Ferris, Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan’s article at politico.com:
In a closed-door meeting last week, Speaker Nancy Pelosi stunned lawmakers and aides with a swipe at Democratic staff on the House Judiciary Committee.
Pelosi criticized the panel’s handling of impeachment in harsh terms, complaining committee aides have advanced the push for ousting President Donald Trump far beyond where the House Democratic Caucus stands. Democrats simply don’t have the votes on the floor to impeach Trump, Pelosi said.
“And you can feel free to leak this,” Pelosi added, according to multiple people in the room. Pelosi’s office declined to comment on the meeting.
It was the latest sign of the widening schism between Pelosi and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, two longtime allies who are increasingly in conflict over where to guide the party at one of its most critical moments.
Both Pelosi and Nadler, who have served in the House together for more than 25 years, insist their relationship remains strong. But their rift over impeachment is getting harder and harder to paper over amid Democrats’ flailing messaging on the topic and a growing divide in the caucus.
What does this mean?
It means that Nancy Pelosi has combined…
…her political acumen (which, having spent her entire life in politics, even as a child when her father was Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland), is considerable)…
…with, I am certain, a reading of the political polls (which show the country wants no part of impeachment)…
…and cognizance that the current Democrat House majority is due to a large number of Trump districts flipping to Democrats last year, thus certainly susceptible to flipping back again in 2020…
…to deduce, and say in barely disguised terms, that Jerrold Nadler is acting like a hall of fame quality jerk (and he’s not the only one. Let’s not forget Adam “Ample Evidence…that I never produce” Schiff).
Now: what good has this done her?
Well, the comments she made were last week. And yesterday Nadler provided us the Lewandowski fiasco, with a promise of more to come.
In other words, she has been ignored.
Nancy Pelosi is engaged in a fight she is destined to lose.
The reason? Because common-sense politics have been discarded by her party.
Now it is being ruled by wild-eyed ignoramuses like Alexandria Ocasi-Cortez, haters who barely disguise their anti-Semitism (when they bother to disguise it at all) like ilhan omar and rashida tlaib, and vapid dweebs with gavels in their hands, like Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff.
If this is what Democrats present to the country next year, they are in for a very big, very rude awakening.
And, by all accounts, it seems this is is exactly what they intend to present.
Enjoying your stint as Speaker, Nancy?