Why Pelosi opposes impeachment
Nancy Pelosi’s “anti-impeachment stand makes sense,” said Ed Kilgore. The House speaker angered some of her Democratic colleagues this week when she said that impeachment proceedings would be “so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path.” Now, Pelosi didn’t rule out the House impeaching Trump if special counsel Robert Mueller or Democratic committee investigations revealed crimes or wrongdoing so damaging that even Republicans abandon him; Pelosi was merely acknowledging that the GOP is unlikely to turn on Trump no matter what comes out. A recent Morning Consult poll found that 86 percent of Republicans oppose initiating impeachment proceedings, despite ample evidence of corruption and crimes. “This is a very different and more right-wing Republican Party” than the one that turned on Richard Nixon during Watergate. Trump has convinced his supporters that politics is nothing but partisan warfare, and that any impeachment effort would be “a coup d’état.” So why launch an impeachment effort that’s doomed to fail—and may just energize the Republican base? Pelosi thinks it’s better to let all the dirt come out and then run against a badly damaged Trump in 2020.