“He’s just not worth it.”
Bam! Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) skewered the president with those words in a recent Washington Post interview. It was in response to a question about the potential of impeaching him.
She had this to say about the topic so many have in the front of their thoughts these days:
“I’m not for impeachment. … 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.”
Of course, her comments are founded on the fact that removal of the president from office would require at least 20 Republican senators to vote in favor of doing so at the end of a trial for “high crimes and misdemeanors” as indicated by the House of Representatives in the Articles of Impeachment.
In the current atmosphere, where fully one-third of the country would not vote to convict this president if he shot someone in broad daylight on Fifth Avenue, that ain’t happening. Barring the revelation of some evidence so “compelling and overwhelming” from either the Mueller report or the ongoing investigations by the Southern District of New York or the Congress that it would persuade Republicans, initiating the impeachment process would launch a political quagmire that would further divide the country and detract from the real, positive agenda the Democrats are putting forth.
In the 2018 election, Democrats won in a landslide, not by running against the president, but by putting forth a positive agenda focusing on health care, income inequality, voting rights, and corruption in politics. Of course, the outrage of having this unfit buffoon in the Oval Office drove the electorate. That outrage isn’t, and won’t be, dissipating.
Nancy Pelosi is speaker for a reason. She is experienced, and she is wise. She understands that right now Democrats have the upper hand and momentum. She is not going to let that be squandered in a process that will further inflame the president’s base and might drive independents away from the Democrats in the next election.
So, expect Democrats to continue pushing their popular “For the People” agenda while allowing the justice system and congressional committees to continue to expose the criminality and corruption of this administration. This will stoke the outrage.
This president will be removed by “We the People” through the ballot, not by Congress.
— White, a retired fire services chief in South Florida, lives in Orange City. Send email to email@example.com.