Watching Pelosi and McConnell maneuver is like watching a board game when we can't see the board.
OK, so. Last week, Pelosi said she wanted to see McConnell's resolution⤵️before sending the Articles to the Senate.
On Friday she said she’s ready to move forward.
Wait, what? She learned McConnell wants to dismiss and she's moving forward???
She also accused McConnell of engaging in a coverup in signing that Resolution.
Those are fighting words.
She said their case is strong.
She pointed out that the cases are ongoing, and eventually the House will get their rulings.
So the Senators know all the evidence will come out.
When that happens, it will be clear that the Republicans engaged in a coverup.
She sidestepped the question of whether the House will call Bolton: “Let’s see what the Senate does.”
Don’t call witnesses, she says, and you’ll answer for engaging in a coverup in November.
People who want instant results will be frustrated with Pelosi.
I've also frustrated people by saying in the end, it's about the election.
She’s doing everything humanly possible to have him removed now.
If she can’t, she’s making sure the Republicans pay the price in November.
She said the public sees the need for witnesses and documents (which Trump prevented from reaching Congress).
I talked about that Friday, if you missed it⤵️
She told Stephanopoulos that on Tuesday her caucus will vote on when to send the articles.
So we still don’t know when.
(I noticed reporting that she was sending them next week, and wondered about it, because she never said that).
If you haven’t seen this clip of McConnell, watch it.
I'll remind everyone that one goal of Active Measures is to cause people to lose confidence in democratic institutions. . .
Democracy is slow, grinding work.
It's often frustrating.
It's easy to lose patience.
Here's my FAQ ⤵️ I have a question on the courts.
Give your doomsaying pals my thread on Susan B. Anthony.
Winning with 58-60% of the vote would be a landslide.
That means 40% of the people can believe the nonsense, and we can still have a landslide..
For what you can do, see my list. . .
Volunteering not only saves democracy, it saves your sanity by lifting you out of the exhaustion of the daily news cycle. You can tune it out, knowing you're pushing back in tangible ways.
If they vote for witnesses, they incur Trump's wrath.
If they vote against witnesses, and if evidence comes out later, they'll clearly have helped Trump cover his crimes.
(It will. Trump can't hide the truth forever)
Good news: Good luck winning a national election with these numbers.
And impeachment is clearly not helping Trump as it did Clinton.
It's hard for us to wrap our minds around the fact that a certain segment of the population will fall in line with Trump--and future cult leaders who learn Trump's methods.
Finding better ways to deal with them will be our next challenge.
Dare we say that Republicans are damned whatever they do, and the real test will be what happens in November?
And we'll have ups and downs along the way.