Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)
As of today, in the wake of Robert Mueller’s exit from the sedition stage, the Democrat Party is left with two choices: They can either do what the hotheads in their demented voter base and congressional caucus want, and move down the fool’s gold-paved road to impeachment, or they can have a shot at maintaining their majority in the House of Representatives in the 2020 elections.
They can’t have both.
See, San Fran Nan is not quite as dumb as she looks (and granted, she looks awfully dumb most of the time). The doddering, stammering old hack has political power now, and she understands that, in today’s Washington, DC, that is the difference between raking in the big bucks and being on the outside watching the money train leave the station. She doesn’t want to go back to being a spectator after just two years.
The problem she has is that her base of power is a very shaky one. She has a fairly sizable majority of 235D-197R (three seats are currently vacant), but well over 30 of those D seats are held by Democrats who managed to win in marginal Republican districts in 2018. To make matters even more shaky, most of those Democrats are freshmen who have little real influence with and loyalty from their constituents.
It has been reported that the only real reason why Pelosi has not turned to Jabba the Nadler and told him to go ahead with impeachment hearings is not because she knows such an effort would never be able to succeed in the GOP-majority senate, but because House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the rest of her leadership team keep telling her she does not even have the votes to win in her own House caucus. See, almost all of those freshmen representing GOP districts want to get re-elected in 2020, and they know that as soon as they call for the impeachment of a sitting President for no real reason other than Trump Derangement Syndrome, they can just fold up their tent and go back to living a real life in the real world, and who wants to do that?
So, what is a shaky old hack to do? How do you keep the restless natives from revolting while still holding onto some chance at maintaining your power base in an election that lies 17 long months away?
Well, you do what she’s been doing, which is to keep throwing out the occasional impeachment red meat that you know will make the headlines at the Drudge Report to your members while stopping just short of actually heading down that doomed-to-fail road. San Fran Nan has resorted to that tactic at pretty much every public speaking event she’s held in the past couple of months, and she did it again yesterday at some event or another – who the hell knows what it was? CNN – whose report was linked by the Drudge Report – naturally doesn’t say.
Regardless of CNN’s standard lousy reporting, Pelosi first noted that only about 15% of her caucus are “outspoken on impeachment” right now, but then tossed out the red meat by continuing with “nothing is off the table.” But CNN’s fake reporter Jim Acosta quoted an un-named Democrat (because of course he or she wasn’t named) as saying that Pelosi’s natives “are growing more restless.” Man, is that some perfect CNN fake reporting, or what?
Pelosi then made the funniest statement of all, when she promised that “The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy.” First of all, the national Democrat Party at this point could not care less about doing anything to “secure our democracy.” Literally every action that party has taken for many years now has been designed to undermine our democratic Republic and our personal liberties, and that is not going to change.
And the congress will certainly continue to investigate, because that is the House Democrats’ sole agenda. But legislate? Please. Stop it. Your own voters don’t even believe that anymore.
So there’s Pelosi’s Choice. (Wasn’t that a movie once?) At this point, you almost have to wonder what it is that drives her to keep going. She’s 79 years old, an age when most ordinary Americans strive to be blissfully retired and taking it easy.
But San Fran Nan is like so many members of congress in both parties: They just seem to want to keep going and going, lording their power over the rest of us until life leaves them no choice.
Why, it’s as if power itself is a narcotic (it is) and no one in Washington appears more regularly loony from that narcotic’s effects than Nancy Pelosi.
That is all.
Follow me on Twitter at @GDBlackmon
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.