After frantically fighting impeachment efforts not that long ago, Speaker Pelosi has pushed the red button. Even though the committee’s cases have been much less than overwhelming. Underwhelming might be a more accurate description of the tepid and tedious hearings that leached away political support for the process.
But it’s not like Pelosi has a choice at this point. She had hoped to protect her House majority by keeping Blue State radicals and their impeachment agenda at bay. But that ship has sailed. The Dems are being run out of New York and California, whatever the formalities may be, and the union between political radicals and culture war suburbanites, the real “resistance” has given way to impeachment fever.
Pelosi’s game is to get it over with as fast as possible. Clear it away long before the election. Since it can’t go anywhere, it’s easier to let the Blue State radicals exhaust themselves with this nonsense, and then clear the way for focusing on the bigger Dem legislative agenda.
Like her plans all along, this underestimates the extent to which impeachment is the great obsession of her party. Simply trying and failing won’t do it. It will just whet their appetite for more and drive them into a greater frenzy.