Democrats are starting to defect from Pelosi’s impeachment charade

Nancy Pelosi: The mouse that roared? (Image: YouTube screen grab)

The Democrats’ impeachment charade is now leading to defections from “master legislator” and “astute leader” Nancy Pelosi’s caucus. The general consensus seems to be that it’s time for Pelosi to stop sitting on the bogus articles of impeachment and send them over to the Senate, or drop the whole thing altogether.

The Washington Post’s Seung Min Kim reports Pelosi “doesn’t have a lot of leverage here and I think the fact that she’s losing members of her own party in the Senate … these Senators come from the most liberal flank of the caucus to the most moderate who are all saying, ‘Let’s get this thing going. We have a job to do. Let’s get this trial moving and get it over with.’”

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NBC News reports, “A growing number of Democratic senators are saying it’s time for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to submit the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) points out the Democrats’ conundrum: “The longer it goes on the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile reminds interested parties that Pelosi’s leverage over Senate trial is “nonexistent,” adding:

There will be no haggling with the House over Senate procedure. We will not cede our authority to try this impeachment. The House Democrats’ turn is over. The Senate has made its decision. The 1999 precedent does not guarantee witnesses or foreclose witnesses. Let me say that again: It neither guarantees witnesses nor forecloses witnesses. It leaves those determinations until later in the trial, where they belong.

Far from the rosy predictions of liberal pundits that Pelosi will go down in history as one of the shrewdest power brokers in D.C., the more likely scenario is that she will be ridiculed for overseeing the first strictly partisan impeachment, causing her party to fracture.

Cross posted at the Mental Recession

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