Moderate Democrats have decided to walk off the cliff, into what will most likely be the last time they’ll represent the Republican districts they flipped in 2016, by voting with the extremist eliminates of their Party to impeach the President.
Besieged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave in Tuesday afternoon to freshmen radicals within her caucus, headed by AOC, hastily calling for an “official impeachment inquiry,” before ever seeing the actual evidence supporting her extraordinary move.
Moreover the President had already announced hours before Pelosi’s folly, that he would be making the unedited telephone transcripts available to the public, nevertheless, the Speaker perhaps under siege, decided to bite-the-bullet and proclaim “impeachment.”
Pelosi watchers noted, however, that the move was simply a clever ruse by the Speaker in getting her unhinged upstarts off her aging back, while preserving the moderate faction within her caucus, from losing their House seats gained during the midterm election.
However all that changed Wednesday evening when GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy forced a vote from the lower House, to go on the record to vote either “yea” or “nay” on impeachment,
The surprise move caught House Democrats off guard, allowing McCarthy to quickly streamline a resolution introducing the following:
“Whereas at a press conference on September 24, 2019, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stated: “Therefore today, I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”
“Whereas House Practice states that: “Under the modern practice, an impeachment is normally instituted by the House by the adoption of a resolution calling for a committee investigation of charges against the officer in question.”
“Whereas in the past 25 years, the House of Representatives has moved forward with impeachment against a federal officer three times, each initiated by an impeachment inquiry resolution approved by the full House, not by a unilateral decree of the Speaker.”
“Whereas on May 12, 2009, the House approved H. Res. 424, authorizing and directing the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire whether the House should impeach Samuel B. Kent, a judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.”
“Whereas on January 13, 2009, the House approved H. Res. 15, authorizing and directing the Committee on the Judiciary to inquire whether the House should impeach G. Thomas Porteous, a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.”
“Whereas on October 8, 1998, the House approved H. Res. 581, authorizing and directing the Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, President of the United States.”
The stunning parliamentary move caught Speaker Pelosi sleeping at the wheel.
“Democrats were caught off guard by this,” the GOP aide said. “They were not ready to go on the record.”
For us laymen not familiar with finer points of congressional rules, this was an extraordinary move. Although Democrats are in the majority within the House, they in theory control floor votes. However the GOP leader in the House although he’s in the minority, has the ability to force a vote on a privileged resolution almost immediately, and of course, before anyone knew what hit them, he did.
McCarthy introduced the resolution as privileged and forced the full House of Representatives to vote on it.
Almost guaranteeing that those 13 House seats won by Democrats in 2016, will once again revert back to Republicans, almost assuring retaking the House on 2020.