New stories hit the wires yesterday about Pelosi trying to stave off impeachment:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told her Democratic colleagues Thursday that President Donald Trump “wants to be impeached” so that he can be vindicated by the Senate.
Pelosi made the comments at a closed-door morning meeting, two Democratic aides told NBC News, who also said that Pelosi called Trump’s actions “villainous.”
The aide said that Pelosi was implying that she will stick to her current plan to keep investigating the president and his administration without jumping to impeachment, though she didn’t explicitly address strategy in her remarks.
But she continued to stress a focus on process. “I do think that impeachment is a very divisive place to go in our country,” she said. “Get the facts to the American people in our investigation … it may take us to a place that is unavoidable in terms of impeachment, but we’re not at that place.”
It’s hard to tell what’s going on internally with the Democrats. The media keep a respectful silence for the most part to avoid embarrassing their party. We don’t really know why Pelosi is trying to prevent the Democrats from impeaching Trump.
However, I think we can make some guesses. Pelosi is obviously concerned that impeachment is going to harm the Democrats in some way.
The first and most obvious way it can backfire is that they expect voters to have a negative reaction to impeachment proceedings against Trump. It is quite possible the Democrats have done internal polling which show impeachment as a loser. If impeaching Trump was going to be popular, Pelosi would do it, as all Democrats viscerally hate him.
Another thing they may be worried about is the Democrats’ reaction to a failure to succeed in removing the president. After the Tea party revolt, conservatives pushed a reluctant House Speaker John Boehner into a shutdown he didn’t want, and he was unable or unwilling to succeed. It was extremely disheartening for conservatives when he caved in. The Democrats do not want their voters disheartened and giving up in 2020.
Another problem for the Democrats is that impeachment keeps attention focused on Trump and prevents them from talking about policy or anything else that would interest non-SJW voters. Trump has a tendency to suck all the air out of any room he is in, and the Democrats spending all their time on impeachment means they will accomplish nothing to show to the voters.
Some people might argue voters care about personality and drama or their feeling about a candidate more than any policy. But everyone understands what Trump is for – the wall, high GDP growth, and reform of our trade deals. Furthermore, Trump pursues his goals in a loud and flashy way, using his Twitter account to talk directly to his supporters.
Can anyone name a single policy any individual Democrat candidate is “for?” Other then Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal, no major Democrat running for president has proposed any new substantive policies (and Ocasio-Cortez can’t run for president in 2020). These candidates need a way to get people excited, and right now none of them are setting the world on fire.
For all these reasons, Pelosi understands that impeaching Trump would be unwise. Unfortunately, much of the Democrat Party has been captured by a handful of far left billionaires, many of whom are obsessed with Trump and want the party to be their personal vehicle to attack the president.
This is why an impeachment attempt is likely… an attempt which is very likely to fail, and will further be used by Trump to generate more free coverage and make campaign speeches.