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I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was disappointed in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to get-to-gettin’ on impeachment next week. I wanted Mitch McConnell on the spit with the president* for a little while longer. But, contrary to popular belief, it’s not the Speaker’s job to entertain me. And since I’m committed to believing that Pelosi knows what she’s doing, I’ll assume this move makes sense on some level. From CNBC:
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Pelosi wrote to House colleagues.
(Yes, there’s a tiny loophole there. To “be prepared” to bring the articles isn’t the same thing as actually delivering the articles themselves.)
What she has left, of course, is the undeniable truth that Mitch McConnell is running the Senate as an adjunct to the president*’s legal team, in direct contravention of the oath that McConnell already has announced that he intends to break. In addition, McConnell recently signed onto a resolution brought by Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri, a man whose ambition makes Tom Cotton look like a member of the Poor Clares, to rewrite the Senate rulebook in order to dismiss the charges brought by the House out of hand.
Pelosi seems sure that she can sweat the more nervous members of McConnell’s caucus. (If she doesn’t, the whole thing is a sham.) Maybe so. I just hope to god she isn’t passing this along so the senators running for president aren’t inconvenienced. I have no sympathy for them, and I speak from my inner Belichick: Do Your Job. (Senator Professor Warren said the other day that she would be back in Washington for as long as it takes.) You got elected to be senators, so be senators first. If that figured prominently in Pelosi’s thinking, I’m going to go back to being disappointed again.