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Assault on America, Day 128: Pelosi’s awkward dilemma equals big opening for GOP next year

Pelosi Trump is Self Impeachable
It’s not easy being Nancy Pelosi.

The Speaker of the House and de facto leader of the Democrat Party (along with “Chucky” Schumer) has a darn tough job these days. As one of the most powerful leaders in the American constitutional system, Pelosi has to summons all her influence and abilities to move the legislative calendar in the lower chamber, and perhaps even more importantly, must also make it appear as though she’s accomplishing something tangible to the American people.

Then the Bay Area maven must placate those who matter most to her (her party’s increasingly difficult to satisfy leftist voting base) and still maintain some connection to electoral viability.

To her credit, Pelosi doesn’t look outwardly apprehensive during her regular media sessions, but inside she must be a mess. Trying to make something out of nothing is never easy -- and if you’re a Democrat in 2019, there’s not much there to talk about. When in doubt, toss impeachment to the wolves and then improvise from that point on. Pelosi’s a pro at it.

Mike Lillis reported at The Hill, “Speaker Nancy Pelsosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that while she opposes a rush to impeachment, President Trump is pulling himself into the process by his own conduct...

“Pelosi cited the stonewalling efforts by Trump and the administration as the Democrats push forward with a vigorous series of investigations conducted by a handful of committees, including those examining the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election...

“[S]he also suggested the administration's stonewalling efforts are designed to distract the public's attention — and the media's — from broader efforts to undermine the Democrats' legislative agenda on issues even more pressing to the public, like health care, climate change and economic well-being.”

Herein lies the hard part. No one in America is concerned in the slightest with the Democrats’ legislative agenda -- at least anyone outside the party’s most devoted and loyal toadies. Democrats captured the House a half year ago based on a healthcare heavy campaign emphasis and slew of unkeepable promises, yet the party has thus far been solely preoccupied with combatting President Donald Trump. He’s on offense, they’re on defense -- and not doing a very good job of holding the line, either.

Messaging isn’t important to Pelosi and her lieutenants, all of whom can’t extricate themselves from delusions of grandeur that somehow, some way, they’re going to bring the president down.

Democrats can’t even demagogue the immigration issue any longer. This week the typically reliably liberal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that Trump could send asylum seekers back to Mexico to wait until their cases are adjudicated. Without tens of thousands of destitute illegal aliens on the north side of the border (attracting cable news cameras and sympathetic, biased reporters), how will Democrats generate pity for them?

Pelosi’s committee heads aren’t making her task any easier, embarking on investigation after investigation of Trump, his family, his business associates and anyone else he might’ve come into contact with during his adult lifetime. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report was a crushing disappointment to the get-Trump effort since it completely exonerated the man on charges he colluded with Russia to “steal” the 2016 election -- and all Democrats have left are flimsy hopes that his conduct during the investigation gets Americans mad enough to demand his ouster.

If it hasn’t happened by now, the odds aren’t good. No one’s paying attention anymore.

Yes, Donald Trump has a bit of a temper and says and does things unbecoming of the traditional notion of a White House occupant. His language is coarse, his manners something less than impeccable and he utters lots of things that aren’t spot-on accurate. And it certainly appears that Trump fires staffers on the whims of the moment. But are these impeachable offenses?

Meanwhile, the establishment media remains fascinated with Trump. Driven by ratings and readership hungry superiors, journalists and pundits share Pelosi’s yearning to kick him out of office. But despite thousands of hours of negative coverage, endless speculation and a ton of wishful thinking, Trump retains his solid and unshakeable base of backers. If anything, Trump’s support is growing. The vaunted Gallup poll even found Trump at his most popular this week.

With summer rapidly approaching the public’s attention span will increasingly turn away from the swampy slime of Washington DC towards family vacations and more pleasure inducing pursuits. Who will even be tuning in to hear Pelosi talk about impeachment after this?

And now that the White House has settled on a policy of non-cooperation with Pelosi’s minions’ myriad of investigations there’ll be precious little to offer the scandal-hungry sensation seekers. No soundbites on the evening news of Jerrold Nadler or Adam Schiff digging at administration officials. No video snippets of Ilhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shaming people for transgressions against the prevailing socialist creed. It’ll just be a lot of finger-pointing back and forth. Who knows, maybe the Speaker will simply go back to trying to legislate.

Not likely. If they can’t beat on Trump, no one pays Democrats any mind. Talk about a conundrum.

If, as Pelosi insisted, Trump is simply stonewalling the House’s investigations to distract from the Democrats’ worthy issue agenda, where is the public outcry at the lack of progress on quelling climate change? And if (again, as San Fran Nan maintained), people are so concerned with their “economic well-being,” where are the protests? The economy is steadily growing, wages are rising, taxes have gone down, people have more disposable income and unemployment is at a 50-year low.

Americans are too busy working to listen to Pelosi. Yes, she’s got a darn tough job, doesn’t she?

Are Democrats up to the task of keeping the House majority after next year’s elections? Josh Kraushaar wrote at the National Journal, “Many Republicans are privately pessimistic about their chances for a comeback in the House with Trump on the ballot. ‘Zero chance,’ said one top GOP operative who was closely involved in the 2018 midterms. Nearly every targeted Democrat raised impressive sums of campaign cash in the opening quarter of 2019, showing that they’re taking their reelection races seriously.

“But there are some clear signs that 2020 won’t be a repeat of last year’s midterms. Compelling GOP recruits are already announcing campaigns in swing districts, a sign that the party views last year’s dismal political environment as an anomaly…”

The “clear signs” Kraushaar mentioned in his article are: 1. The outsiders of 2018 are now the insiders of 2020; 2. 2018 was a referendum, 2020 will be a choice election; 3. The AOC albatross; 4. Republicans have closed the enthusiasm gap; 5. Republicans will be running on the booming Trump economy.

It’s funny how Kraushaar and others basically refer to the same set of factors that hurt Republicans in 2018. The always fickle American voting public likes change for change’s sake -- why else did they put Democrats in power? Now it’s Pelosi’s caucus’s turn to battle against the general impression they’re do-nothing gatekeepers of the putrid and corrupted swamp.

One can only hope the Republicans who would replace them in the majority are principled conservatives who’d fight to enact the remaining elements of President Trump’s agenda. It won’t happen without new leadership in the House, however. Even if the GOP takes back the speaker’s gavel it won’t mean much if Kevin McCarthy is the one wielding it. McCarthy inspires no one.

As President Trump has amply demonstrated, if anything’s to get done in Washington today it won’t come about by repeating the mistakes of the past. The entrenched elites and their mindset are at least as dangerous to progress as the partisan divide. Both parties fear change. America’s well over $22 trillion in debt. Voters should demand something be done about it.

No one should feel sorry for Nancy Pelosi. She’s got a near impossible dilemma -- to manage the outspoken get-Trump fringe nuts in her caucus and still offer a coherent package of ideas for Americans to latch onto. Republicans have a golden opportunity to beat Democrats in 2020. Will they take it?

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