Always remember, Washington only has two parties: The Party of Evil v. The Party of Stupid, and Democrats play the ‘long game’ to win.
Republicans who believe that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is holding her articles of impeachment that the Democrat-held House of Representatives passed Wednesday night away from the Senate out of “fear” are likely very wrong.
The fact is, for as much as some may despise Nancy Pelosi, she is a tactician.
As such, Pelosi and her comrades in the House are likely holding her party’s articles of impeachment from passing over to the Republican-held Senate for purely tactical reasons.
Reasons One and Two
PJ Media‘s Matt Margolis has two of the reasons Pelosi is holding on to her articles of impeachment:
- The Democrats’ primary schedule—“The Iowa caucuses are on Monday, February 3, meaning that to have a trial in January would pull Senators Warren, Sanders, and others away from the campaign trail before that crucial election test.” and…
- She’s hoping Democrats win back the Senate and is pulling a Merrick Garland—“Is Pelosi thinking she can hold on to the articles of impeachment indefinitely, waiting for the possibility that Democrats could, at the very least, take back the Senate?”
With this latter reason, however, Margolis notes:
They won’t likely get the 67 seats required to throw Trump out of office, but, if Trump is reelected but loses the Senate, they would be able hold a Senate trial with rules set by Chuck Schumer, and probably get a majority of votes to remove Trump from office. A simple majority won’t change the result, but to say Trump was impeached and had a majority of senators voting to remove him would be something attractive to their base to point to and damage Trump’s political capital in the event of reelection. [Emphasis added.]
The Third Reason?
There is a third reason Pelosi may be holding the articles of impeachment away from the Senate and that is Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Most people inside (and outside) the bubble of Washington, D.C., know that Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s time on terra firma is limited.
At 86, Ginsburg has been in and out of the hospital battling cancer and other ailments.
Ginsburg has no plans on retiring, despite her health issues.
However, although Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell [R-KY] has said—as recently as last week—the Senate would confirm a Supreme Court justice during an election year, if Ginsburg were to pass away before the 2020 elections, Democrats may try to argue that any President Trump makes while after being impeached in the House (but before a Senate trial) would be illegitimate.
By now, most Americans who have observed the Washington establishment for any length of time know that there is nothing that is unscripted, unrehearsed or predetermined—and Democrats and their media allies usually have a tactical strategy behind every move they make.