U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s gambit to withhold the two articles of impeachment from the Senate after being approved in the House is turning out to be a huge misstep, despite the California Democrat’s reputation as a master political strategist.
While Pelosi continues to hold on to the articles until the upper chamber does her bidding, it’s business as usual in the Senate, which includes confirming conservative judges for the federal bench.
The situation has Republican lawmakers scratching their heads.
Rep. John Ratcliff, R-Texas, was asked on FBN's "Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo" what Pelosi’s reasoning was in holding up the articles.
He could only conclude that because House Democrats are aware they have insufficient evidence to move forward on impeachment, that Pelosi "put a gun to her own head and she’s looking for [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell to give her a way out."
He added that the Kentucky Republican is "not going to do that."
Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., appeared on FBN's "Sunday Morning Futures" as well, and the Georgia Republican told host Bartiromo that the speaker was leaving a "sad" legacy through her inaction.
"There is nothing in the House for her to do because they have wasted so much time and taxpayer dollars on impeaching this president, that we’re sitting here literally waiting on her to send articles over to try and influence the Senate decision in which she has no control over," he said. "That’s how sad we’ve become and how sad this speaker’s legacy is so far."
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appeared on the same Sunday Fox News program and agreed that her stubbornness would have no effect on the Senate majority leader, calling it a "stunt."
"I find it a political stunt for Nancy Pelosi not to send the articles over," Graham told Bartiromo. "Mitch McConnell is not going to let her run the Senate trial. Her time is over.
The Washington Post’s Toulouse Olorunnipa attempted to spin the situation with by arguing that McConnell is the one that’s actually under pressure.
"I think if there is going to be a move from this position, it’s going to require some of these moderate Republican senators who are up for re-election to push Mitch McConnell and say this is what we want to see, whether it’s a quick trial or a trial with witnesses," Olorunnipa explained, according to Raw Story, which claimed that "McConnell will now have to bow" to Pelosi. "They’re the ones who have the swing votes that can determine who has 51 votes, and we haven’t heard from them publicly."
With McConnell, however, it’s been business as usual.
While the House was conducting its sham impeachment hearings in the Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, the Senate confirmed 13 conservative Trump judicial nominees, for a total of 187, including two Supreme Court justices.
"I'm proud that the Senate came together today to confirm more well-qualified nominees and to pass major legislation for the American people," McConnell said. That’s what the president and his supporters would call winning.
And looking forward to this week, unless something changes the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider yet more Trump nominees on Wednesday, January 8. That’s more winning.
Also under consideration would be a Senate vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or the USMCA, which was sent to the Senate by the House earlier. That will be yet more winning for the Trump administration -- thanks to Pelosi’s dawdling.
These are all matters the Senate would be unable to address during a trial, which would run six days a week in the Senate chamber.
Even some members of Pelosi’s own party aren’t giving her their full endorsement.
Appearing Sunday on NBC’s "Meet The Press," Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., a (or wouldn’t) tell host Chuck Todd whether Pelosi’s strategy was smart or not.
"I’m gonna let the speaker decide," was all he would say.
Meanwhile, how is the president handling the impending impeachment articles, and how do the enemies of the United States view them?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo appeared on "Fox News Sunday" when host Chris Wallace asked exactly that, Do you think that, as misguided as it may be, that some of our enemies think that this president is more vulnerable because of the impeachment effort?"
Pompeo’s answer, "You should ask Mr. Soleimani," referring to the top Iranian general the United States took out after receiving the go-ahead from the president.
And that says it all. Pelosi is only hurting herself and her party.
It’s business as usual in the White House and the Senate. Just "ask Mr. Soleimani."
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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