It’s difficult to overstate the significance of this:
“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she’s against impeaching President Trump “unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan.” Which is exactly the point — there isn’t.
The speaker is surely up to speed on what evidence Democrats actually have against Trump and has a fair sense of what Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s report will say. And she recognizes that it’s nothing that will persuade anyone who hasn’t wanted Trump ousted since Election Day 2016.
Which means that moving to impeach him would be not just “divisive to the country,” as she says, but also bad for Democrats — since it would show them as unable to resist the most demented demands of their base.”
Dems have considered Trump’s impeachment a given for over two years. Since the moment Trump was elected, Democrats thought it to be inevitable that they would find some past crime–whether it be “conflicts of interest,” Russian Collusion, obstruction of justice, Stormy Daniels, or “campaign finance violations”–and would have Trump impeached in short order.
Of course the impeachment obsession was never because of any high crime(s) they could point to: those, once found, would merely be the justification for the impeachment they’d been seeking since the beginning. They have always wanted to impeach Trump, they’ve just never had a legitimate reason to do so.
It has always been: “We will impeach Trump; we’re just not yet sure what for.”
Now you’re seeing it slowly dawn on them: “we’re not going to find anything on Trump.” Trump is clean. The Witch Hunt(s) have been a collective bust.
They still want to impeach him, they just know that they don’t have a legitimate reason to, and so it would look like wild, unhinged overreach. I’m sure a great many Democrats still want to impeach him and don’t care how crazy it would make them look, but for now, their leader Pelosi will not go for it.
Again: it’s difficult to overstate the significance of this. Every major cable “news” outlet has been operating under the “Walls Closing In On Trump” assumption since November 2016. Leftwingers on Twitter are basically all smugly convinced that Trump will be impeached and locked in prison.
Pelosi has just shattered their worlds with this. Impeaching Trump has been the main reason millions of leftists get out of bed in the morning, for Heaven’s sake. Pelosi just dashed all those hopes and dreams in one sentence.
This essentially invalidates virtually everything CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, MSNBC, WaPo and NYT have done over the past two years. That is not an exaggeration: every ounce of manpower at those Uniparty propaganda arms over the past 2.5 years has been devoted to impeaching Trump. And now that dream is gone.
One of the main challenges in being a Political Dissident in America 2019 is determining whether a story is objectively a big deal or not irrespective of how much attention it gets in the “mainstream media.” Because as I say endlessly, the mainstream media is neither mainstream, nor a “media” in any real sense: it’s 100% Democratic Party propaganda. If a story can benefit the Democratic Party, it gets major attention. If a story cannot benefit the Democratic Party, or if it benefits the Republicans, it gets zero attention.
So don’t allow the lack of “mainstream media” coverage of Pelosi’s comments here obscure how big a deal this actually is: this is earth-shattering for tens of millions of leftists, from the boardrooms of CNN all the way to the most deranged corners of Tumblr and social media. Everything they’ve dreamed of over the past 2.5 years is vaporized.
Don’t think that this is not a big deal just because they aren’t making a big deal of it.
The real significance, though, is that this is the first moment in over two years where the Democrats have balked at destroying the precedents set over 230 years of American democratic government in their pursuit of power.
This is Nancy Pelosi pulling Democrats–and America–back from the brink, if only for a little while. This is the first indication we’ve seen in over two years of Democrats showing a willingness to accept the result of the 2016 election.
Beyond just her party’s self-interests, I think Pelosi realizes the danger of falling into this cycle of “Lose Election, Pursue Impeachment” that her party has embraced, and which will eventually render all elections meaningless. At that point we are little more than warring tribes who happen to live within the same borders.
The problem is, the New Generation of Democrats–i.e. those uppity women in the House who have become media darlings–don’t care about preserving America’s democratic institutions and government. They–and the Democratic party base–are of the mindset that they will not recognize the legitimacy of a Republican President, at all, ever.
Pelosi may have pulled her party back from the brink of what would for all intents and purposes be a cold civil war, but she’s only staving off the inevitable.