Pelosi saves Democrats from impeachment implosion

Eddie Scarry of the Washington Examiner explains why Democrats should thank their U.S. House speaker.

Liberals desperately need to see impeachment happen, if for nothing more than to soothe their own hurt feelings. It’s hard not to feel bad for them now, as they realize that it’s just not going to happen.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson finds himself in this sad state of affairs. After reading his latest op-ed, I’m thinking of sending him a care package.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walked out of her regular press briefing on Thursday morning, in a huff after a reporter asked whether Democrats were in the early stages of pursuing the impeachment process. Just a few hours later, Robinson warned — warned! — the party that her hostility toward impeachment was likely a mistake. …

… The national media feel good about marking every one of Trump’s weird opinions as a “lie” but that little project doesn’t give most normal people the vapors. If it did, Pelosi would be giving impeachment an enthusiastic thumbs-up by now. Alas, that will never happen, because she’s not stupid. She knows that the appetite for an impeachment is nonexistent, and that if attempted impeachment would go absolutely nowhere anyway.

Robinson ended with another warning — a warning! — that by declining to pursue impeachment, “future generations will judge all who decided, for whatever reason, to put politics above duty.”

Yes, they will, and there’s a good chance they’ll wonder why people like Robinson obsessed about an impeachment that would have hit a dead end. The Republican-controlled Senate isn’t going to remove Trump from office. Not that they would have any reason to, anyway. He committed no demonstrable crime. Without that, the only thing Democrats have left is— they simply don’t like him.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...

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