Give Me Some More Impeach the Motherfucker Energy

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House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, accusing him of abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress during its investigation into his dealings with Ukraine.

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During a press conference, Chairman of House Judiciary Committee Jerry Nadler called the move a “solemn step,” one that emphasizes that “No one, not even the president, is above the law.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff added that he was reluctant to move forward with impeachment, but that the president’s abuse of power has left them no choice. “To do nothing would make ourselves complicit,” he continued.

This is all very good and fine—a rightful acknowledgment of what’s at stake. But did anyone else notice that the lawmakers on that stage, which included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters, looked... terrified? Unenthused? Like they just swallowed glue and had to pretend that everything was Fine.

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A somber tone is certainly justified: House Democrats are mounting an impeachment proceeding against a sitting President who, despite alleged high crimes, bigotry, and overall buffoonery, is not nearly as unpopular as he should be. These proceedings come as election year quickly approaches without a clear candidate that a majority of Democrats feel enthusiastic about. So sure, swaggering bravado might not have been appropriate or at all realistic. But a little of that Rashida Tlaib “impeach the motherfucker” confidence—just a dash!—would have been preferable over whatever the hell is going on here.

Or maybe they were just a little embarrassed that this was all going down an hour before House Democrats announced that they’ve reached a deal with the White House in support of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

In the announcement, Pelosi made sure to mention that the work of Democrats helped make USMCA far better than what the Trump administration original proposed. But this will be seen as a political win for Trump regardless; one that could help him keep an even tighter hold on his base.

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Cue “Sound of Silence.”

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Optics, folks.

Staff writer, mint chocolate hater.

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westerosironswanson
The Ron Swanson of Westeros

You sit there in Washington so frightened of the big, bad Republican machine you have no idea what people are thinking. I’m telling you right now, Tom DeLay is going to lose in his district. If Democrats in Washington haven’t got enough sense to OWN the issue of political reform, I give up on them entirely.

Do it all, go long, go for public campaign financing for Congress. I’m serious as a stroke about this — that is the only reform that will work, and you know it, as well as everyone else who’s ever studied this. Do all the goo-goo stuff everybody has made fun of all these years: embrace redistricting reform, electoral reform, House rules changes, the whole package. Put up, or shut up. Own this issue, or let Jack Abramoff politics continue to run your town.

Bush, Cheney and Co. will continue to play the patriotic bully card just as long as you let them. I’ve said it before: War brings out the patriotic bullies. In World War I, they went around kicking dachshunds on the grounds that dachshunds were “German dogs.” They did not, however, go around kicking German shepherds. The MINUTE someone impugns your patriotism for opposing this war, turn on them like a snarling dog and explain what loving your country really means. That, or you could just piss on them elegantly, as Rep. John Murtha did. Or eviscerate them with wit (look up Mark Twain on the war in the Philippines). Or point out the latest in the endless “string of bad news.”

Do not sit there cowering and pretending the only way to win is as Republican-lite. If the Washington-based party can’t get up and fight, we’ll find someone who can.

Molly Ivins wrote that just about fourteen years ago. And yet, we’re still fighting that same battle.

The reason why Nancy Pelosi looks like she just swallowed a lemon is because she has bought into the central myth of the pundit class, which is that America Is A Center-Right Country. And in a Good News/Bad News situation, the good news is that America is not a center-right nation. The bad news is that most of Nancy Pelosi’s friends and acquaintances a) are center-right, b) are systematically overrepresented in American politics, and c) are not the kind of people that Nancy Pelosi, personally, has any interest in disempowering.

It’s not that Nancy Pelosi can’t count or anything. She’s probably the best political strategist of either party right now; only John Roberts can really contend with her, and nobody on the Republican side listens to John Roberts. Rather, it’s that Nancy Pelosi lives inside an acorn and counts herself a queen of infinite space. She confuses the narrow, blinkered perspective she sees every day for what the entire country is like. And as a consummate company woman, she’s not really invested in systematic changes, even if said changes might empower her party.

Once you see that, you understand pretty much everything there is to know about Pelosi as a leader, and what she will and will not do. The thing is, she never wanted to impeach Trump, because she’s convinced that it’s a losing argument in the 35 districts that elected Trump in 2016, but elected Democrats in 2018. And if you tell her “Wait, why would that convince you that those were base Republican, rather than base Democratic districts”, she’ll just look at you like you’re speaking Martian at her. Because she’s working from the perspective that America is a Center-Right Nation.