Can we please hold on to our shpadoinkles?
Well, I suppose it was inevitable.
At the release of Robert Mueller’s report yesterday, reaction shifted quickly from astonishment that so much information had been released by Attorney General William Barr, to vituperative anger that Nancy Pelosi wasn’t rustling up a posse to march to Mar-a-Lago and hogtie illegitimate president Donald Trump.
“Why aren’t you doing anything? What are you waiting for? Why do you think we voted for you??”
The House Democrats are in a precarious position. The most vocal parts of the base want Donald Trump gone yesterday. They don’t care about political realities. They want their pound of flesh.
As I wrote yesterday, I believe that impeachment is both politically and morally warranted. At the same time, however, I want it done correctly. This means investigations. This means hearings. This means that we lay the groundwork to build up a groundswell among voters so that when the House does pull the trigger, Republicans in the Senate might think twice before thwarting what the country obviously wants.
Support in the country for impeachment still hasn’t cracked 50%, though it’s in the high 40s. The release of Mueller’s report is the first battle in increasing those numbers. The investigations in the House which will follow will increase support more. The goal is to tarnish not just Trump, but the entire GOP with criminality and corruption. Trump is merely the most glaring symptom; the entire party is diseased, and must be excised.
So, can we please gird our loins and get ready for a long fight? This won’t happen next week. To use the cliche, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We elected Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats trusting that they’ll do the right thing. Abandoning them just when the fight starts because they’re not fighting the way we want them to is petulant.
As I also wrote this week: Chill. Things are moving in the right direction.
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