The situation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regarding President Donald Trump’s impeachment is growing grimmer by the day.
According to Washington Post journalist Rachael Bade, Nancy Pelosi has been betrayed by Democrats throughout the party who have privately admitted to Bade that they believe Pelosi botched the entire process.
Republicans have been criticizing Pelosi’s approach for months, and now, it appears that she’s lost many of her Democrat colleagues as well. In the early days of the impeachment process, Pelosi refused to commit to impeachment. Then, she flipped a switch and threw all of her energy into pushing the vote through the House as fast as possible.
Then, she decided to hold onto the articles of impeachment for three weeks even though she, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) insisted Trump’s impeachment was of the utmost urgency.
Pelosi was doing all of this to gain leverage with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), but he never budged. She finally caved last week, pledging to advance the articles to the Senate this week without gaining any concessions from McConnell.
Pelosi tried to defend her decision to hold up the Senate trial for weeks, according to the Daily Caller. She said on Friday that “what we think we accomplished in the past few weeks is that we wanted the public to see the need for witnesses, witnesses with firsthand knowledge of what happened.”
However, as Bade pointed out: “[Pelosi] was clearly putting a positive spin on what a lot of Democrats have privately said was a failed strategy.”
The fact of the matter is that the Pelosi delay did not positively impact the impeachment process at all. Whatever revelations came about, such as Bolton saying he was willing to testify, were going to happen anyway.
So what is the real motivation behind Pelosi holding these articles? Could it be that the party is worried about the momentum showed by 2020 hopeful and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and that fact he is now a legitimate threat to Biden?
Once the Senate trial starts, Sanders is either going to have to leave the campaign trail to attend the trial or burn up some serious private jet fuel to make his appearances. A delayed impeachment trial that starts closer to Super Tuesday would severely impact Sanders’ — and Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) — chances and give Joe Biden’s suffering campaign a chance to regain some momentum.
Or maybe Pelosi really thought that flip-flopping as much as she did would actually convince the American public that Donald Trump is a criminal worthy of removal from office.
Either way, Pelosi’s strategy has only worked to severely damage her own credibility and the credibility of the impeachment as a whole, and jeopardize the presidential campaigns of two of the Democrat frontrunners.