House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi played a game of poker against Senate Majority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell and she was handily defeated.
The issue for the Speaker and her Democrat caucus was that Sen. McConnell was holding a winning hand and theirs was a bluff and everyone knew it.
That is why it was just a matter of time until the Speaker had to cave to the demands of Sen. McConnell and Senate Republicans.
And that is what Speaker Pelosi did on Friday when she announced that she would send the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate.
“I have asked Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler to be prepared to bring to the Floor next week a resolution to appoint managers and transmit articles of impeachment to the Senate,” she said in her announcement.
“I will be consulting with you at our Tuesday House Democratic Caucus meeting on how we proceed further,” the Speaker said.
“The American people have clearly expressed their view that we should have a fair trial with witnesses and documents, with more than 70 percent of the public stating that the President should allow his top aides to testify.
“Clearly, Leader McConnell does not want to present witnesses and documents to Senators and the American people so they can make an independent judgment about the President’s actions,” she said.
That is a nonsense statement. The Speaker and her caucus had their time to call witnesses and subpoena documents.
They did not pursue it because, they said, it would take too long in the courts and impeachment was of such importance that it had to be done quickly.
But it could not haven been that important, because Democrats held on to the Articles for weeks and now, they are asking the Senate to do their job for them.
They say that impeachment is like a trial and in many ways it is. In that trial the Senate acts as the jury in the case.
The House is the prosecution against the president. What Speaker Pelosi and the House are doing is tantamount to a prosecutor asking a jury to do their work for them.
“We’ve been anxious to get started … how many weeks has it been now?” Sen. McConnell said to reporters. “It’s been a long wait, I’m glad it’s over.”
The Senate Majority Leader did not say when he would start the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump.
“We have to get the articles first and hopefully then — looks like they’re now coming over at long last,” he said.
Time Magazine said that Speaker Pelosi got the idea to hold on to the Articles of Impeachment after watching former counsel to President Richard Nixon, John Dean, on CNN.
“Somebody said to me today that he may not even take up what we send. [But] then [Trump] will never be vindicated,” she said, an aide who was present said to Time. “He will be impeached forever. Forever. No matter what the Senate does.”
What she did not anticipate was how the American citizens would respond to her baby game. Polls show that they are not supporting impeachment as they once were and is going to harm Democrats in 2020, and they deserve it.