The Democrats put on quite a spectacle yesterday after announcing that their impeachment rules resolution (not to be confused with an impeachment resolution, which still hasn’t happened) had passed. The vote, which was 232 to 196, hewed strictly to party lines with not a single Republican voting for it, and two Democrats voting “present.”
Pelosi put on the best show of all, invoking words that must have brought her close to choking — words like patriotism and truth and Constitution. David Limbaugh perhaps said it best when he tweeted, “Listening to Nancy Pelosi talk reverently about the Constitution is like listening to Bill Clinton talk about chastity.”
Listening to Nancy Pelosi talk reverently about the Constitution is like listening to Bill Clinton talk about chastity.
— David Limbaugh (@DavidLimbaugh) October 31, 2019
Like Rep. Adam Schiff, Pelosi in her remarks said — twice — that it was a solemn day and that no one in her party was taking joy in moving the impeachment investigation forward. If that’s true, one might wonder why House members had to be admonished not to cheer or applaud as the vote tally was read. But the stark reality is that Democrats were high-fiving and popping corks, if not on camera, even as Pelosi stumbled through her remarks.
Impeachment (aka dumping Trump) has been job one for Democrats since literally the first day of Donald Trump’s presidency. As the Washington Examiner’s Byron York noted last night on Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle,” on Jan. 20, 2017 at 12:58 p.m., the Washington Post published an article headlined “The campaign to impeach Trump has begun.” Trump had been president for exactly 58 minutes when the piece went live. The article emphasizes that the initiative was spearheaded by two liberal advocacy groups but it also reports that “the impeachment drive comes as Democrats and liberal activists are mounting broad opposition to stymie Trump’s agenda.” Agenda? The man hadn’t spent a day in office, and Democrats were broadly opposed to his agenda. Fascinating.
As noted in the headlines, Pelosi at one point in her spiel wondered aloud why Repbulicans are afraid of the truth. This from a woman who said with a straight face (at 1:37 in the video that follows), “Nobody — I doubt anybody in this place or anybody that you know — comes to Congress to take the oath of office, comes to Congress to impeach the President of the United States.”
Yet that’s precisely what Rep. Rashida Tlaib did. Minutes after taking the oath of office, the freshman congresswoman told a group of supporters, “We’re gonna go in there and we’re gonna impeach the motherf*cker.” The congresswoman subsequently hawked t-shirts with that memorable slogan. Another member of the “Squad,” Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, similarly told a group of children in September 2018 of her goal to be elected to Congress so that she could “fight Trump.”
Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recruits children to "fight Trump." pic.twitter.com/5igAFqVUiQ
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) September 2, 2018
Either the speaker also forgets or is simply in denial over the fact that back before she was for impeachment, she insisted on the precondition that any vote to move the process forward would need to be bipartisan. Here is what she said on “CBS News Sunday” on Jan. 6 of this year: “If and when the time comes for impeachment, it will have to be something that has such a crescendo in a bipartisan way.” She was even more direct on March 11, when she told the Washington Post, “I’m not for impeachment without bipartisan support.”