Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel hit the nail on the head in a piece on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gamesmanship of not delivering the two articles of impeachment against President Trump to the U.S. Senate.
Given the weak case from House Democrats and the inevitable acquittal from the upper chamber, perhaps the San Francisco Democrat is doing all she can to avoid a trial.
“Who says Pelosi even wants a Senate trial? Strassel said in a tweet plugging her piece about the party’s “rolling” impeachment. “Far better for Democrats to keep impeachment rolling?”
Who says Pelosi even wants a Senate trial? Far better for Democrats to keep impeachment rolling? https://t.co/YC1NdCpa6h
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) December 27, 2019
More from the Wall Street Journal:
Mrs. Pelosi has understood from the start that the inevitable outcome was acquittal. There won’t be 20 Republican votes to remove Mr. Trump from office. So why hasten the president’s vindication? If the goal of this exercise all along was to damage Mr. Trump’s prospects for re-election, why wouldn’t Democrats want to hold an unconsummated impeachment over his head for as long as politically possible?
Think of it as “rolling” impeachment. Every day the Senate doesn’t hold a trial, Mrs. Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are free to argue that the process is rigged. They are already claiming that the Senate’s Republican “jurors” have abandoned impartiality, are actively working with Mr. Trump to cover up his crimes, and are afraid to hold a trial.
Strassel goes on to say that Senate Republicans should just go ahead and schedule a trial to bring to an end the “damaging precedent” being set.
“[Senate Majority Leader Mitch] McConnell has a majority to set the rules, and he has history, the Constitution and fairness on his side,” she wrote. Republicans also have a duty to spare the nation from the damaging precedent Mrs. Pelosi is setting. They can end the farce of endless, rolling, partisan impeachment.”
The article drew plenty of speculation online, as well as competing theories… here’s a small sampling of responses from Twitter:
They just want the word “impeachment” in the constant news cycle.
— NOT Impeached yet (@aliotta_joe) December 27, 2019
She doesn’t want this to end
She doesn’t want this exposed.
Right now, they believe they have a win. They scored and now they have to kick-off to the other team. She doesn’t want to do that. She’d rather wait the clock out.
— Archer Bowman (@ArcherBM) December 27, 2019
Democrats can try all they like but they’re riding a dead horse, the longer they’re on it the more they look like fools.
Repubs know it, look at em in interviews, they’re giggling at one another at how this is playing out.
— Shawn Taylor (@staylormusic) December 27, 2019
You know I’ve been saying that all along. If he had actually gotten something down we might not of lost the house. He undermined everything. We could have had a health bill and immigration bill but he did nothing. He had the opportunity to fix things but he hated Trump instead.
— Agent355 (@nisi_patrium) December 27, 2019
This is all about not wanting to expose the coordination between Schiff and the WB. She also may want to use it as a distraction once Durham starts handing out indictments.
— Just A Dad (@RickFrancis71) December 27, 2019
I never believed they wanted a trial because they risk too much exposure. I thought she would secretly have red state Dems vote against it to save their seats. I can’t believe she thinks this is a winning strategy. They rushed because of “national security”. It’s all evil BS.
— Brenda ✝️??⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@CBiggerPic) December 27, 2019
— J Chang (@TDIpower) December 27, 2019
She’s masterful at playing the long game no doubt. The wild card opponent here is American fatigue. The voters giveth, the voters taketh away. Her Hail Mary – a fitting description.
— IMissJournalism (@JournalismMiss) December 27, 2019
Impeachment has worked so great for the DEMs so far.
▪️ President Trump’s poll rating continuing to rise
▪️ Republican Party is unified
▪️ Democrat Party losing voters, Walking Away
▪️ American people continue to prosper
Impeachment, it’s just as if it never even happened.
— Bennie E ? ?? (@Benelliot3) December 27, 2019
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