In a blistering speech from the Senate floor this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for dragging her feet when it comes to sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate.
“Their turn is over,” McConnell said. “They’ve done enough damage. It’s the Senate’s turn now to render sober judgment.”
Pelosi has still not indicated when or if she will transmit the articles of impeachment to the upper chamber; she remains fixated on pressuring McConnell to assure the House that there will be a “fair trial” for President Trump. This means, in Democrat-ese, that McConnell should open the process to witnesses new and old, giving the House Democrats even more time to prosecute Trump for his imagined crimes.
The thing is, no one forced Pelosi, Adam Schiff, and Jerrold Nadler to rush this impeachment process. Indeed, they were warned against doing so by Professor Jonathan Turley, who assured them that they were making a grave mistake by racing to the vote without waiting for relevant court decisions. The Democrats had every opportunity to slow down, collect evidence, and see if the courts would rule in their favor vis-à-vis White House witnesses who had refused subpoena. Instead, they decided, “Eh, we’ve got enough” and went to the vote.
Now, having gotten what they wanted – impeachment before Christmas – they want to slow down and redo impeachment in the Senate. McConnell is, quite rightly, telling them to go pound sand.
“We are content to continue the ordinary business of the Senate while House Democrats continue to flounder. For now,” McConnell said. “If they ever muster the courage to stand behind their slapdash work product and transmit their articles to the Senate, it will then be time for the United States Senate to fulfill our founding purpose.”
Not only has Pelosi’s attempt to pressure Senate Republicans failed, her delay has only worsened the case for impeachment. For one thing, it has completely undermined her assertion that removing Trump from office is a national emergency that must be attended to as quickly as possible. For another, it has given the courts no choice but to dismiss cases in which the important Congress v. White House issues of power were to be decided. Finally, escalating tensions with Iran will only improve Trump’s approval ratings and make Pelosi look unpatriotic in her attempt to impeach the sitting commander-in-chief.
And yet Pelosi’s cheerleaders in the media continue to regard her as a “masterful” politician who has Trump right where she wants him. We assume, at this point, they’re merely trying to convince themselves.