House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has been praised and revered by Democrats as the one woman capable of putting a leash on Trump for some time now — but her recent impeachment antics have struck a devastating blow to her credibility.
Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) blasted Pelosi’s leadership on Saturday, telling Fox News that the speaker has “lost control” of the House — and that she knows “full well” that her impeachment strategy was a mistake.
A radical takeover
Pelosi is not exactly a moderate Democrat, but nor would she be considered a far-left Democrat — at least, not until recently.
As recently as early 2019, Pelosi was actually standing up to the radical “Squad” members and trying to keep them under control. The rise in popularity of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, however, forced Pelosi to come to terms with the fact she was going to have to give the far-left members of her party more of a voice.
This was a “strategic error” in the eyes of Roy, though. Ocasio-Cortez and company have been pushing a socialist agenda, and are now at war with many of the more moderate Democrat incumbents in the House.
But progressives in the House were some of the loudest voices agitating for Trump’s impeachment, and forced Pelosi to choose a side after avoiding it for weeks. Unfortunately for Pelosi, the side she chose hasn’t paid off.
“I think she had a strategic error, and she was trying to appease her [far] left base,” Roy said of the House speaker.
He went on: “Over the last year, what has she done for the American people, other than turning over the House of Representatives to the radical left and AOC, and those who are trying to reshape this country [with] a socialist agenda? She’s lost control.”
It gets worse
Not only has Pelosi lost control in the House, but she is also losing respect in the Senate. Throughout this impeachment ordeal, Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have stressed the urgency of the matter.
But as soon as impeachment was voted on in the House, it wasn’t so urgent to pass the articles to the Senate to actually impeach Trump. It’s clear that Pelosi realized that public opinion was turning against impeachment, and she made the second strategic mistake of trying to force the GOP-controlled Senate to bow to her will to save the impeachment effort.
Several Senators called Pelosi out on the three-week delay, questioning just how urgent the matter could possibly be when she held the articles up from the Senate for so long. The most notable of these voices was Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who questioned “what good delay does” last week, according to the Washington Examiner.
The impeachment may have passed the House, but it is fairly evident at this time that the entire effort is a complete failure, and Nancy Pelosi’s reputation has taken a beating it may never recover from.