I was just lying awake with a dismal headache, as “Iolanthe’s” Lord Chancellor memorably sung, when it suddenly came to me, like a bolt from Olympus. I realized what it was that the unethical impeachment-rattling strategy of Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats reminded me of. It’s the same trick Saddam Hussein attempted regarding his elusive “Weapons of Mass Destruction” charade.
If you recall, Hussein tried to pull off a dangerous bluff. Having removed, shipped away to allies, or destroyed all of his WMDs to avoid the Gulf War against him resuming (it was only a cease fire, remember, with conditions that were supposed to be enforced by U.N. members), he flamboyantly behaved as if he still had them. The despot refused to allow the full inspections that the cease fire deal required, and also interfered with air surveillance. These were flagrant violations of the cease fire, but Saddam was certain that he could forestall any military action because the U.N. leadership, and notably Russia and France as well, were profiting from bribes and under-the-table deals to help Hussein get around U.N. sanctions, enriching both him and them while the Iraqi people suffered. His corrupt pals assured him that they were capable of keeping the United States at bay.
Why was Hussein playing this dangerous game? As he explained to his captors after his government was overthrown, he was bluffing to keep Iran from attacking, which he was certain it would do if they knew he had disarmed.
Now, you well might ask why anyone would admire a plan that not only got hundreds of thousands of people killed and wasted billions of dollars, but that also ended up with the planner being captured in a “spider hole” and ultimately executed. Remember, we’re not talking about entirely rational people here. We’re talking about “the resistance,” and those a party that is hostage to it. The circumstances of the Democrats’ lack of metaphorical WMDs are different in their details: the “resistance” had convinced themselves that they would get damning evidence from the Mueller Investigation (Trump is a bad guy, so he must be guilty of something), but it provided nothing useful. The Democratic leadership is now trapped in a dangerous game that they think requires them to pander to and mollify a fanatic, anti-American, anti-democracy, furiously anti-Trump base, that is, as that description might suggest, irrational and destructive.
The fanatic base wants Trump impeached because they refuse to accept the results of the election. The Far Left also sees him and his party as impediments to such nation-wrecking agenda items as restricting free speech, eliminating the Second Amendment, gutting Due Process under the law, encouraging and justifying anti-white, anti-male and anti-Christian bigotry as well as erasing the distinction between illegal immigration and immigration. There’s more, like making an abortion right up to the moment of birth (and maybe after) as easy as buying a Snapple, and sending the U.S. down the same glorious socialist path as Venezuela, but I assume you get the idea.
Pelosi knows that the rational Democrat Party—I am assuming, without being at all certain, that there still is such a thing— cannot win without this group, as dangerous as they are, and also that its mouth-foaming members will not accept no for an answer regarding pursuing the dream its members have had since November 2016: overthrowing President Trump. Thus, like Hussein, Congressional Democrats are pretending that they do have the metaphorical WMDs, sufficient justification for impeachment, to avoid an attack—not by Iran, but by its wackos.
This explains Pelosi’s manipulative and dishonest remarks that begin with the presumption that they could successfully impeach Trump now, when it is obvious, or would be if the news media wasn’t assisting her charade, that they do not have what they need. Impeachment articles passed by the House, absent the kind of true smoking gun evidence that the surprise discovery of Nixon’s tapes provided, will not result in conviction by a two-thirds vote in the Senate. The claims that Trump has committed impeachable offenses is so weak that it is even possible that enough Democrats would vote against them to defeat impeachment in the House, a disaster for the party.
Meanwhile, the hearings would also be a political disaster for Democrats. Not only is Rep. Gerald Nadler objectively repulsive, he’s also a likely hypocrite, saying exactly the opposite in 2019 of what he told the nation when he was denying that Bill Clinton had done anything wrong during those impeachment hearings. He, Maxine Waters and other fringe characters whose lack of competence and fairness would be on display are hardly Sam Irwin, and Pelosi knows it. C-Span is a wonderful remedy for even the most vigorous media spin.
At some level, an irresponsible and Machiavellian one, the Republican leadership probably does want to see the Democrats take this suicidal course, despite the toll these spectacles wreak on the nation and its government, just as many Republicans were not sorry that the U.S. was duped by Hussein’s act, since it gave them a reason to do what they wanted to do anyway–destroy him.
[Continued in PART II]