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Pelosi’s obsession: Worth losing the House over impeachment

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While common sense tells you that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has seen some favorable polling, or otherwise has been convinced of a favorable outcome, politically speaking, the California Democrat is selling her sudden impeachment conversion as a matter of principle.

Appearing at the Texas Tribune Festival, in Austin, Pelosi said during an interview Saturday that the Democratic quest to impeach President Donald Trump was worth losing the majority in the House, to include the speaker’s gavel.

“Heading into the next election cycle, do you have any anxiety at all about any of the stuff we’re talking about or anything we’re not talking about impacting your ability to hold control of the House in 2020?” Tribune CEO Evan Smith asked.

“It doesn’t matter,” Pelosi replied. “Our first responsibility is to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

Shamelessly hiding behind the Constitution in such a manner may cause some to wonder how in God’s name this woman sleeps at night.

The speaker’s continued response suggests they understand the evidence isn’t there to impeach Trump, because they have already moved past the allegations to now claim a cover-up is underway.

“I think right now, there’s a cover-up of the cover-up,” Pelosi said.

“People say you have to take a political risk doing that,” Pelosi told Smith. “That doesn’t matter. That doesn’t matter. Because we cannot have a president of the United States undermining his oath of office, his loyalty to his oath of office, undermining our national security, and undermining the integrity of our elections.”

But her audacity doesn’t stop there, as Pelosi evoked the words of Thomas Paine to support the partisan effort to take out a sitting president, making it a matter of Congress doing its duty to check the powers of the president.

“The times have found us now,” she declared. “If this … pattern of behavior were to prevail and the president continued to ignore that Article II does not say he can do whatever he wants, then it’s over for the republic. We will have the equivalent of a monarchy.”

Just as Democrats have commandeered the moral high ground in America, so too do they claim to speak for the American people as defenders of the Constitution.

To be clear, outside a complicit media, they do not.

Last week, the Democrat Party leader announced a “formal impeachment inquiry” after a whistleblower’s allegations about a call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The move was effectively a head fake that did not change much. Pelosi did not hold a formal floor vote and a number of Democrat-led House committees were already investigating Trump.

But the “formal” inquiry allowed the media to create an impeachment firestorm over the allegation that Trump tried to strong-arm a foreign country to dig up dirt on a rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

A timely poll by NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist found that 49% of American adults back impeachment, with 46% opposing the idea.

As might be expected, social media users were a little skeptical of Nancy Pelosi’s recent reasoning — here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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