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If this is the best Democrats have, they don’t have much.
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took the podium at her Thursday afternoon news conference on Capitol Hill, she was no doubt intending to defend the strength of Democratic articles of impeachment to the waiting media.
She sounded like she could barely convince herself.
In particular, Pelosi was asked why Democrats resorted to a morass of amorphous accusations against President Donald Trump – “abuse of power,” “obstruction of Congress” – instead of something specific, and proveable, like “bribery.” Her explanation amounted to, “because I said so.”
Not her exact words, of course. What she actually said was enough to make the curious wonder what was really in that water glass she kept sipping:
Check it out here:
“I myself am not a lawyer. Sometimes I act like one. Not as often as I act as a doctor. I practice medicine on the side without benefit of diploma, too.”
“This is a decision that was recommended by our working together with our committee chairs, our attorneys and the rest.”
Thanks for clearing that up.
Cutting away the bizarre references to Pelosi’s apparent predilection for pretending to be various professions – whatever “I act as a doctor” means – what her answer boiled down to was, “because that’s what we decided to do.” It wasn’t exactly reassuring.
After watching that performance, Pelosi’s supporters might have been less inclined to cheer than reach for a glass of some potent, clear liquid themselves.
From her critics, the reviews were scathing.
“The articles are what they are,” Pelosi said. “They’re very powerful. They’re very strong.
“And they are … uh … a continuation of a pattern of misbehavior on the part of the president. People are realizing, when they see what that was, they think, the public thinks, that they should be determining who the president of the United States is, not some foreign power.
“They think that no one is above the law. We think, and so do they, that the president should be held accountable: Abuse of power, obstruction of Congress — those, that is the form it will take.
“It’s no use having the discussion here. This is a discussion we will take to the floor of the Senate.”
It’s interesting that Pelosi thinks the American people think they should elect the president. The American people did elect their president — in 2016 — and Pelosi & Co. haven’t forgiven them since.
It’s also interesting that Pelosi said the charges are “strong.” They’re so strong that they leave out all the buzzwords Democrats have been floating around the Capitol for weeks – “bribery,” “extortion,” “quid pro quo.”
They’re not strong enough to fly and Pelosi knows it. What she and the rest of the Democrats are hoping is that they can tarnish Trump enough to eke out a victory in the 2020 election.
But if this is all they have, they don’t have much. Not even a coherent speaker of the House.