In my April 29 post I backed Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s approach of “one step at a time” regarding the possible impeachment of president Trump. I continue to applaud her tight rope walking skills between Trump, media commentators and party activists who claim the moral necessity of impeaching him right now. As a matter of principle. Even Trump likes the idea, but for unprincipled reasons of course.
For those who do not recognize the wisdom of her ways, Speaker Pelosi knows it would be foolish to go the impeachment route right now because there is a lack of outcry from Americans for it. It is not for the House to demand it, but the American people. Right now the outcry is below 50%, with a plurality of those all important “independents” being against it in a May 9 poll. To prompt more outcry a slow pealing of the onion of Trump’s fabrications must take place. A course we might title: Deconstructing Don the Con.
As Speaker Pelosi has often asserted, Trump wants the Dems to launch impeachment hearings because that would fit his narrative of victimization which he could then cap off with Republicans in the Senate rejecting the measure. One more rationale for Trump to proclaim his innocence and decry all that wasted time, as we approach the 2020 election.
Pelosi is not saying never move to impeachment. Only move to it as a final act after all other avenues have been exhausted while educating the American public in the process. Let’s hope Robert Mueller will testify soon. And let the House committees finish their investigations and a number of Trump’s phony court cases get rejected. Also let’s see what happens when the New York legislature directs Trump’s state tax statements to the House committees. Whatever is useful to educate the American public.
Some anti-Trumpers would argue that at least an “impeachment inquiry” could be launched for a start. It sounds good, but to the general public there is no difference between an impeachment inquiry and impeachment itself. And the notion of impeachment only fires up the already fervent at this time.
That’s why Nancy keeps pressing the point of finding out the facts and going where they lead, rather than talking of impeachment. The “facts” don’t have a negative connotation as “impeachment” has right now given the mental fatigue of living in “investigation nation”.
The goal is to keep marshaling facts until the picture becomes so clear that the balance of American political opinion shifts in favor of impeachment. The American people need to demand it, not just the Democratically controlled House of Representatives.