Okay, so we all know the Democrats (and possibly another third or so of Washington D.C.) want to get rid of Donald Trump – which they did before he was even inaugurated.
We all know Trump probably isn’t going to be found guilty by the Senate and he won’t be frog-marched out of the Oval Office.
We all know, however, the fact that the House technically “impeached” the president in December, they can claim a STAIN on his reputation forevermore.
Nancy Pelosi said that just today in fact, during a news conference where she announced the seven
dwarves managers who will be essentially in charge of the impeachment trial in the Senate.
Just like herpes, this will be “an impeachment that lasts forever.” (She didn’t actually make the herpes comparison of course, but she did mention the next step in the process is engrossment* which we had to look up).
Ta-da! The team consists of Reps. Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee and Jerry Nadler of the Judiciary Committee, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Sylvia Garcia of Texas, Val Demings of Florida, Jason Crow of Colorado and Zoe Lofgren of California. SO DIVERSE!
Pelosi could barely contain her glee today during the announcement
But here’s the particularly cray-cray part of this whole thing.
Pelosi waited to do all this until AFTER the last Democrat debate before the crucial Iowa caucuses. Did you watch it? Yeah, not many people did. But those who did feel like the whole thing was rigged to get rid of Bernie. In fact, the hashtag #CNNisTrash immediately began trending on Twitter.
So, you’re wondering, what does that have to do with impeachment. Well, the other interesting thing is, if you knock out Bernie, then the only other real competition Joe Biden has for the presidential nomination is Elizabeth Warren. At this point, the other candidates — Mayor Pete, Michael Bloomberg, et al — added up together couldn’t surpass Biden.
Remember, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Amy Klobuchar for that matter, are all members of the U.S. Senate. Which means they will actually be “sworn in” as jurors on the impeachment trial, and must sit in chambers for the duration of the trial – keeping them OFF the campaign trail in these crucial weeks before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 3rd.
Uncle Joe will have Iowa to himself, for the most part.
Of course, he may find himself in the hot seat anyway during the trial if questioning about Ukraine delves into his son Hunter’s dealings there. Plus there’s the matter of Joe Biden’s supposed efforts to oust a Ukrainian prosecutor who had investigated an energy company that employed his son.
So you could look at this another way and say Pelosi planned it this way to make sure BIDEN looks bad before Iowa, and this was all a plan to elevate…Mayor Pete.
Yeah, that doesn’t seem likely either.
But we’re pretty much guarandamnteed a circus. ‘Cause we sure have enough clowns.
*Engrossment is a fancy term for when, with great fanfare and smugness, Pelosi and her merry band walk a bound copy of the impeachment documents to the Secretary of the Senate, Julie Adams.
The ritual then includes the Senate's Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger crying out "Hear ye! Hear ye!" and warning assembled senators to be quiet.
He will say: "All persons are commanded to keep silence, on pain of imprisonment, while the House of Representatives is exhibiting to the Senate of the United States articles of impeachment against Donald John Trump, president of the United States."
One of the managers will then read the articles in full from the well of the Senate chamber, and then the whole team retreats (presumably for cocktails and cigars).