Nancy Pelosi’s Comments on Donald Trump’s Impeachment Raise Questions – Rolling Stone
That may be why, in an interview published Monday in the Washington Post Magazine, Pelosi added something to her boilerplate impeachment rhetoric. “This is news,” she said, clearly joking, perhaps not realizing that she was about to make some. “I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”
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“Worth it,” to whom? Certainly to the liberal base who detests this president, but perhaps not to Democrats running for re-election in 2020, seeking to preserve their House majority while fielding questions about impeachment. Certainly not to presidential candidates, some of them — like Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand or Bernie Sanders — who may not want to face questions about which way they would vote as members of an impeachment jury. I can understand that logic, to a degree, even if I don’t buy that it increases Trump’s chances of winning. It may make Republicans “do the happy dance on their tables,” as conservative analyst Amanda Carpenter put it on CNN, because it lets him off the hook. It seems impossible that enough GOP Senators would take a break from shining the president’s shoes to cross party lines, not even if we found out that Trump was one of the two guys in Ralph Northam’s yearbook photo.