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Impeachment Now! Yes, by all means. But the House IS impeaching now. What we really want is for Nancy Pelosi, in no uncertain terms, to stop dickering around and tell us so. Let’s take a closer look:

1/ Pelosi, Nadler, and Schiff have all been dancing around the i-word for months. And while I wish they would have been more blunt, there have to be good reasons for the “soft opening” of the impeachment process.
2/ Maybe House Leadership feared that an older woman spearheading the process with Javert-like alacrity might not play well in the grotesquely misogynist media, which STILL gives cover to the obvious traitor & criminal in the White House. Can't be shrill, after all.
3/ Remember: although you and me and anyone who is reading this likely knows the clear & present danger Trump presents, the reality is that most Americans haven’t a clue. They will read "formal impeachment" as bickering, as a sign of Washington being broken. That helps Trump.
4/ While the Lewandowski hearing was not as cathartic as you and I wanted/needed, the fact is that the impeachment process is not about convincing you or me. Absent a smoking gun—and even then!—it takes time to take control of the narrative.
5/ Have the Dems bungled parts of this? Bien sur. The rollout of the Mueller Report was House Leadership being rolled by the traitor Bill Barr, simple and plain. But their plan seems clear: build momentum, slow & steady wins the race.
6/ What I heard is that the proceedings would begin in September, after the summer recess, and would hit warp speed by November, when half the country would sit around a table eating turkey & discussing Trump’s crimes.

So far, so good. Right on schedule.
7/ The #whistleblower news is a monkey wrench. It gives the Dems license to accelerate the process. To switch to a hurry-up offense. And, like, that’s what they’re doing. Schiff met the IC IG almost immediately after the news broke. MAGAuire is coming THIS WEEK to testify.
8/ The candidates, meanwhile, Warren & Harris & such, have all more or less voiced support for impeachment. Which is what they SHOULD be doing. (The debates should actually be ONLY about Trump and his crimes, but that's a different thread.)
8/ The candidates, meanwhile, Warren & Harris & such, have all more or less voiced support for impeachment. Which is what they SHOULD be doing. (The debates should actually be ONLY about Trump and his crimes, but that's a different thread.)
9/ A common criticism: “He’ll get away with it, he always does, the Dems are weak, they won’t do anything.”

Look: at this point, Trump’s criminality has been normalized. (Thanks, MSM!). It’s gonna take a MAJOR effort to reverse that.
10/ The one thing that has NOT happened is a full-court press by Pelosi. She has not done a speech, flanked by Nadler & Schiff, in which she demands impeachment now. That’s a card she’s waiting to play. If played too early, it risks turning people off, rather than engaging them.
11/ The Ukraine story, if confirmed, and if worse than what the press is reporting (spoiler alert: it is), will give Pelosi license to do that. When THAT happens, the other Dems will parrot the party line, and the narrative WILL shift.
12/ Pelosi can’t do this until she knows, and we know, what the whistleblower actually reported. The case must be air-tight. If it is, she will come out unequivocally, the reluctant Dems (like @RepDelgado here in NY19) will join, and maybe some GOP will jump ship.
13/ Bottom line: the Big Speech is a card to play, and I think Pelosi will play it as soon as the whistleblower story can be confirmed.
14/ The other thing they can do is start detaining people for inherent contempt. They have laid the groundwork to do this for Lewandowski and, more importantly, Barr. Maguire is another candidate, if he’s an asshole next week.
15/ Throw enough of these people in the hoosegow, fine them to oblivion, and they WILL start talking. But again: how do the optics of that play, to the casual observer? Like the House is locking up the president’s men indiscriminately? (I say do it anyway, FWIW).
16/ They have cards to play. They WILL play them. They are doing exactly what I thought they would do. Is this frustrating? Yes. Do I want immediate justice? Of course. Is the fate of the republic at stake? Sure looks that way. But that’s even more reason to be extra careful.
17/ Call your reps. Demand impeachment. Explain to your tuned-out friends, family & co-workers what’s going on.

Putting Pelosi on notice is fine, but I’m quite sure that she wants Trump out of the White House even more than we do.
Pay close attention to the Maguire hearing. How that goes will determine the rest of the Dems’ plan, seems to me.

And make NO mistake: WE SHALL PREVAIL!

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