Grandstanding on impeachment

Note: There is a correction, in line, in this issue, under Donald Trump.


I have finally managed to get enough stuff put away that I can offer the first photographs of my new place:

The Pennsylvania drivers license arrived today but Allstate offered a discount if I delayed the policy start date a week. So I’m still not ready to transfer the title here, still not ready to drive for Uber and Lyft.

The new policy takes effect on the 9th.


Horse race

Max Greenwood, “Warren shows signs of momentum after slow start,” Hill, May 3, 2019, https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/441902-warren-shows-signs-of-momentum-after-slow-start


Donald Trump

“We are in a very, very, very challenging place, because we have a Republican Party that is complicit in the special-interest agenda . . . so they are not going to say anything,” [Nancy Pelosi] said at the news conference. “Impeachment is the easy way out for some of these people because they know it will end at the Senate’s edge.”[1]

That said,

“Ignoring subpoenas of Congress, not honoring subpoenas of Congress — that was Article 3 of the Nixon impeachment,” [Pelosi] said [at an earlier closed-door meeting of Congress members], according to notes taken by a person present for the remarks. “This person has not only ignored subpoenas, he has said he’s not going to honor any subpoenas. What more do we want?”[2]

I still agree with Nancy Pelosi on impeachment. As Jamie Raskin put it, “If they want to impeach the president so badly they should introduce the articles today, and I bet you a lot of Democrats are ready to join them.”[3] Raskin has a point: For all the calls for impeachment, no one has actually introduced articles of impeachment and, surely, everyone understands what happens when impeachment reaches the Senate. Which suggests rather strongly that all this talk is mere grandstanding. (Update, May 5, 8:46 am: It appears I misunderstood the pronoun, “they.” Raskin appears to have been referring to Republicans who are seeking to goad Democrats into impeachment.[4] I thought he was referring to Democrats pushing for impeachment.)

Flatly, impeachment isn’t going to work. We do need to get rid of Donald Trump, Michael Pence and this entire administration. But I’m not seeing a viable plan for accomplishing this. (And no, I don’t trust the U.S. electorate to not re-elect him. I’ve seen too many of his predecessors get re-elected.)

Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “Pelosi escalates attacks on Trump, compares him to Nixon, as Barr’s defiance angers Democrats,” Washington Post, May 2, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-escalates-attacks-on-trump-compares-him-to-nixon-as-barrs-defiance-angers-democrats/2019/05/02/e4580542-6cf1-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html


  1. [1]Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “Pelosi escalates attacks on Trump, compares him to Nixon, as Barr’s defiance angers Democrats,” Washington Post, May 2, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-escalates-attacks-on-trump-compares-him-to-nixon-as-barrs-defiance-angers-democrats/2019/05/02/e4580542-6cf1-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html
  2. [2]Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “Pelosi escalates attacks on Trump, compares him to Nixon, as Barr’s defiance angers Democrats,” Washington Post, May 2, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-escalates-attacks-on-trump-compares-him-to-nixon-as-barrs-defiance-angers-democrats/2019/05/02/e4580542-6cf1-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html
  3. [3]Jamie B. Raskin, quoted in Mike DeBonis and Rachael Bade, “Pelosi escalates attacks on Trump, compares him to Nixon, as Barr’s defiance angers Democrats,” Washington Post, May 2, 2019, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/pelosi-escalates-attacks-on-trump-compares-him-to-nixon-as-barrs-defiance-angers-democrats/2019/05/02/e4580542-6cf1-11e9-8f44-e8d8bb1df986_story.html
  4. [4]Mike Lillis and Cristina Marcos, “Dems see GOP effort to drive them to impeach Trump,” Hill, May 5, 2019, https://thehill.com/homenews/house/442115-dems-see-gop-effort-to-drive-them-to-impeach-trump

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