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Impeachment is All About Leverage, and Pelosi Has None

Today’s Campaign Update, Part II
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

In politics, leverage matters.  – San Fran Nan Pelosi is playing at a losing game in her withholding of the House-approved articles of impeachment from the Senate. This is a game she cannot win unless Senate Republicans, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, hand it to her. Simply put, Pelosi has no leverage at all in this situation.

Whatever else one thinks of Leader McConnell, it must be recognized that he is perhaps the most canny user of political leverage who has ever served in his current role. While McConnell is receiving all sorts of advice from the political bleaters on both the right the left right now, no one on earth understands his role, responsibilities and power in this impeachment and removal exercise nearly as well as he does. And no one in modern times has understood the usage of political leverage like McConnell has.

In this current standoff – which actually is a standoff in Pelosi’s mind only – the Speaker is a piker compared to the Majority Leader. Her big hope is that her legion of corrupt toadies in the national news media will be able to apply so much pressure on RINO senators like Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins and Mitt Romney that they will turn to McConnell and beg him to give in to Pelosi’s and Chuck Schumer’s demands on how a senate trial should be conducted.

First, let’s all join Mitch in having a big, hearty belly laugh at demands from Democrats – who just finished conducting the most shameless, Soviet-style sham trial in the House that our nation has ever seen – that the Senate trial be “fair”:

Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, let’s next note the simple fact that the legal language contained in the articles of impeachment bill passed by the House requires Pelosi, by statute, to immediately transmit them over to the Senate. By withholding the articles from the Senate, San Fran Nan is in fact violating the terms of her own bill.

Comical.

Some observers are pointing out the reality that, if he wanted to do so, McConnell could simply declare the articles to have already been transmitted over to the Senate and go ahead with a trial. After all, the bill has been published by the House in the Federal Record and widely reported verbatim across the depth and breadth of the corrupt national news media. Thus, McConnell and everyone else in the Senate is already fully aware of them.

That makes logical sense, but McConnell is very unlikely to make that move for one reason: Tradition. The formal transmission of bills by couriers from one house of congress to the other is a throwback to a long-ago time before the existence of any form of electronic communication, all the way back to the founding of our nation. It’s a tradition, and no one on the face of the earth has a higher degree of respect for the archaic traditions of congress than Mitch McConnell.

To simply declare the articles to have been transmitted to the Senate without following the traditional process is simply anathema to the Majority Leader. So it’s really hard to see any scenario under which McConnell would take this step.

Besides, as McConnell has said himself, he doesn’t even want to be bothered with the damn things. He and his fellow GOP senators have better things to do, like continuing to confirm a record number of new federal judges who have been nominated by President Trump to all levels of the federal judiciary. A removal trial would tie up the Senate for weeks, perhaps even months if the President demands the ability to call witnesses who were refused during the sham House process. So, McConnell’s view is, who needs that?

But what about public opinion, which is what Pelosi is desperately attempting to move with this silly tactic? All the polls – even the fake polls conducted by CNN and other corrupt media outlets – throughout the month of December have been moving in President Trump’s direction. Unless Pelosi and her media toadies can somehow reverse that national trend, there is no political leverage to be had here, either.

As the situation exists today, Pelosi has unintentionally put President Trump right where he wants to be: Getting up every morning with the ability to throw out Tweets pounding on a very unpopular political foil. That foil right now is San Fran Nan herself.

Thus, as things stand today, Pelosi is fighting a silly, losing battle in which she has no political leverage at all. Unless something major changes over the next week and a half, we should expect her to do one of two things once congress reconvenes on January 7:

  • Formally transmit the articles of impeachment to the Senate; or
  • Announce that she plans to withhold them indefinitely pending more investigation and hearings by the House Intelligence and House Judiciary Committees.

The smart move would be to transmit the articles and try to salvage her House majority in the 2020 elections by focusing on an actual policy agenda. But she won’t do that because it would lead to neverending outrage from AOC and her Squad of political nitwits. The Squad and the social media Perpetual Outrage Mob to whom they cater have no understanding of political leverage, or lack thereof.

No, my bet is that Pelosi will try to have it both ways. Within a few days after the House reconvenes, she will go ahead and transmit the articles to the Senate, but also announce that her committees will continue to focus on the continuing impeachment witch hunt.

It’s a bad strategy in which she has no leverage whatsoever, but at this point, it truly is all she has.

2020 is going to be a long, sad year for the political left, which of course means it will be a great year for America.

That is all.

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20 thoughts on “Impeachment is All About Leverage, and Pelosi Has None

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  2. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

    ‘And no one in modern times has understood the usage of political leverage like McConnell has’

    The one exception is Donald Trump

    1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

      Read Sun Tzu (even just the quotes) if you want to see President Donald J. Trump’s playbook. This puts him above all the rest of the deranged Left, including the present Pope Nimrod I, who has attacked the President repeatedly.

      McConnell seems to be learning some things. Fun to see an old man learn to effectively use MMA on the whiny Left! Kick ass, Mitch!

  3. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

    McConnell would actually have to nuke the current Senate rules to declare the articles submitted. He won’t bother.

    The Murkowski kerfuffle is also a joke–she’s playing for votes and graft, like she always does, but she’s not voting to remove a popular president of her own party at the peak of his power. Same with Collins–she needs Trump’s support. I still expect the embittered Mittens to vote for conviction if their is a trial, but I also expect a couple of Democrats such as Manchin to vote the other way.

    The pending court case will ultimately determine if the Dems can depose McGahn and mine the Mueller grand jury testimony for politically damaging material–I doubt they will prevail. Moreover, every day that the economy continues to roar and the stock market hits another all-time high is another day lost to the Dems.

    If you shoot for the king, you better not miss. They missed badly.

  4. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

    Mitch could declare the President impeached, too, but he has not been impeached until they’re sent. He would be codifying the cud-chewer’s phony impeachment if he does declare it to be the case.

    History will show that this is not an actual impeachment, because Madame Cud-Chewer has not transmitted the articles. She’s trying to get him to make impeachment a real thing, and for Mitch to make it real.

    The President has NOT been impeached; let it die the death it deserves.

    1. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

      McConnell also needs to make clear that he is not only dismissing these ridiculous articles, but that he will not entertain anything similar in the future. In addition, SCOTUS needs to terminate the Dems investigative adventures.

      Otherwise the Dems-media will continue this circus for the next four years. They’re off the cliff and need to keep trying to defy gravity.

  5. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

    Calling witnesses without the articles being sent…hmmm. That’s an idea! No impeachment, but an investigation into people like Eric Cinderella and the twin nasties Sid Blumenthal and Cody Shearer, and all that they’ve done to harm our nation! A hearing without the articles! Blumenthal and Shearer on the hot seat (or electrified seat, like the Rosenberg traitors: may it go as well!)

    Or maybe leave it to John Durham, instead.

    Pelosi’s afraid Mitch will do this if impeachment is sent to the Senate – she’s afraid that Cinderella will be called as a witness, because can do some real damage. Some have speculated (including myself) that he’ll be “Seth Riched,” but here’s some good news: https://www.redstate.com/nick-arama/2019/12/26/whistleblower-has-special-security-detail-despite-no-one-knowing-who-he-is/

    It’s good news – really it is – because he’ll live long enough to pay for the treason he’s seemingly committed, and because he’ll be taking down a whole lot of others with him. Keeping him alive is a good thing!

    Maybe Mitch won’t need to call him – because it’s certain that John Durham will be calling!

    1. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

      Mitch won’t do this because most GOP senators such as Lindsey Graham are compromised and don’t want an investigation exposing them (despite their occasional lying appearances with the credulous Tick-Tock).

      It will be left to Barr and Durham to provide any accountability for the greatest scandal in U.S. political history.

    2. Gregg - December 27, 2019

      Yeah, well, Epstein had “Special Security” too.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

        I kinda suspect that Julian Assange is alive ONLY because he’s in protective custody (prison) in GB. Epstein should have been in Colorado or something equally secure; the fact that he wasn’t means they intended for the operation to take place, from the “git-go.”

        Cinderella? I think the CIA will make sure he stays alive, because losing him would be an embarrassment they could not (and can not) afford.

  6. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

    One reason not to suck the articles of impeachment into the Senate, and not moving them along through the bowels of Congress – well, let’s continue with what is most easily described as a function of the human body:

    “Gerbils” has produced a lump of sh-t; the bowels are presently stuck, constipated; the load is adhered to the Congressional walls, stuck way up above the sigmoid colon, rocklike, and hopelessly and painfully desiccated, with no possibility of progress. Good. Because the second lump of sh-t they intend to produce (and third and fourth) cannot travel any farther down the tube, blocked by the first lump, and so they’ll all collect until there is a massive internal rupture, with the patient made quite dead by sepsis from peritonitis. (Yay.)

    Now, they cannot add material to the already-stuck lump of sh-t, because the House Bowels have already voted on the sh-t. It sits alone, in a dark corner of the transverse colon. Yay again. Maybe they’ll try to make a sculpture of the thing, if it ever is surgically removed, and make a bust of Adam Schitt and Son of Edom Nadler.

  7. Gregg - December 27, 2019

    Good analogy Jimmy. Gross to think about, but accurate none-the-less.

    Hey Nancy Klink, you can’t expos facto a bill already passed. No do-overs, or add-ons. Only Do-agains, and Do-agains won’t fly next year politically for your demented dimwits.

    I really used to think the “leaders” of the Dems had some brains, especially how they were so often able to run rings around the former GOP presidents and “leaders”.

    By seeing how stupidly inept the Left’s leaders are (thanks to Trump’s shakers exposing them) it really shows how much more inept (or corrupt) our (thankfully) former GOP “leaders” were.

    As they say, politics is often the last refuge for the incompetent. So true in so many cases.

  8. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

    This is sad–evidently less than 10% of the State of Virginia now controls its politics:

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/virginia-dems-pushing-gun-control-91-of-virginia-counties-tell-them-to-stick-it

    It has become California East.

  9. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

    Northam: “If we have constitutional laws on the books and law enforcement officers are not enforcing those laws on the books, then there are going to be consequences, but I’ll cross that bridge if and when we get to it.”

    If he crosses that bridge it won’t be pretty.

    1. Gregg - December 27, 2019

      Gov Blackface baby killer,

      Speaking of “constitutional” laws on the books, How many illegal “sanctuary” cities are there in VA that you “sanction”? Talking about hypocrisy, – libs living in glass houses throwing stones…; lead may come your way.

      Speaking of “constitutional laws”, how about the actual CONSTITUTION? You know, the part that says the “right to bear arms shall NOT be infringed. It can be argued the EVERY GUN CONTROL VIOLATES THE CONSTITUTION.

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

        The President has control of the National Guard, if he decides to pull rank. Let’s hope Governor Babykiller is forced to eat his own edicts.

  10. phineas gage - December 27, 2019

    Sundance: ‘….I’m highly confident President Trump will remove Mike Pompeo after the 2020 election.’ (!)

    1. Gregg - December 27, 2019

      What’s the beef with SOS Pompeo?

      1. Jimmy MacAfee - December 27, 2019

        I’d call Sundance’s claims mere conjecture, but maybe State isn’t moving fast enough to fire the right people? (more conjecture.)

  11. ray162 - December 28, 2019

    Impeachment is complicated and boring for Dim voters. Hence the low audience at CNN and MSNBC. President Trump in contrast knows how to tweet to a short attention span. Nancy lost her teeth and neglects her San Francisco turdwalks. The visuals capture attention and votes.

  12. Jimmy MacAfee - December 28, 2019

    Herod the Great, AKA “Governor Northam,” is afraid of children. Else why does he labor so hard to kill them and to devise ways that the killing will be acceptable? Is it for the god he worships, Molech, or is it because deep in his soul, he laments having missed his turn alongside Joseph Mengele? A stranger man you will never meet. A sick, sick man. He will meet the fire, where the worm is never quenched. Repent, Herod! Repent!

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