Dear Nancy Pelosi: As Speaker of The House of Representatives, you have won every skirmish and battle with President Donald Trump. You led the Democrats to the enormous Blue Wave victory in the Midterm Elections. A tide of 40 women ousted male Representatives across the nation. 2019 became The “Second Year of The Woman” in our history.
Your experience before as Speaker gave you the added knowledge and wisdom to best the president on different important issues since the 2016 election. He was coming from the New York business world, and his experience in real estate was vastly different from the many political lessons you learned in Maryland when you were the daughter of the Mayor of Baltimore. You entered politics when you were elected to The House as the Representative from San Francisco and moved up in later years to be elected Speaker the first time.
Now, you are faced with a major decision. A growing number of members of the majority Democratic Caucus and those who are running for president are urging you to start an Impeachment Inquiry. This would collect the evidence that would lead to Impeachment Proceedings against President Donald Trump.
Much of the evidence was laid out in The Mueller Report that was presented on April 18, 2019 after almost two years of investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election that helped Trump win. It ran to over 400 pages plus footnotes, and only a redacted version was available to the public. Some members of Congress did receive a more complete version.
U.S. Attorney William Barr who had been given The Report according to Department of Justice guidelines gave a televised four page summary to the public on The Mueller Report. He then testified under oath to the televised Senate Judiciary Committee, with Republican and Democratic senators asking questions and making statements. During the questions, it is important to note that Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat, CA, asked if he had read the evidence under ten Obstruction of Justice incidents by the president documented in The Report. Barr, after some delay said he had not.
After Barr gave his summary, Trump claimed “No Collusion” and “Complete Exoneration” although this was not in the report. Senate Republican Majority leader Mitch Mc Connell said, “Case Closed”. However, the American people and the Democrats in Congress are not ready to do that.
Donald Trump will formally announce his run for reelection shortly. He is already holding rallies repeating his claims of “No Collusion and Case Closed” to the cheering throngs. He has also instructed Attorney General Barr to start an investigation of what he calls a plot by the F.B.I. and C.I. A. to attempt a “coup to overthrow his administration”.
There are now 24 Democrats running for President , a stunning number of men and women, the largest group in modern history. Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading in the current polls, with former Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont second. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is third. Senator Kamala Harris of California is fourth. Mayor Pete Buttigeg of Indiana is fifth.
The real political campaigns will begin when the Democratic primary results in a winner. At present, William Weld , former governor of Massachusetts, is challenging the president in the Republican primary. His chances appear slim.
Speaker Pelosi could strike a master stroke if she starts the Impeachment Inquiry now and considers the millions of Obama voters in 2012 who switched to Trump in 2016. These people are significant potential voters for the Primary winning candidate. They have seen Donald Trump’s actions and behavior these past two years and many are not happy with his performance.
Recent studies of this data reveal that these voters in four key states: Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Ohio, gave Trump his electoral win. They made the change four years ago and could be open to change again when the daily testimonies of witnesses in The Impeachment Inquiry are on TV.
According to the national polls, Trump’s current approval rating is only in the high 30’s to low 40’s. His disapproval rating is in the sixties. At present, hypothetical matchups of leading Democrats show Joe Biden at the top, beating Trump by ten points. Bernie Sanders , Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris beat Trump in single digits.
Donald Trump always labels his rivals with insulting nicknames. He has already called Joe Biden, “Low I.Q” and Elizabeth Warren, “Pocahontas” . It is ironic that he chose “Crooked Hillary” for his 2016 opponent… when he was the businessman sued hundreds of times over shady real estate deals.
Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by three million votes. This was despite Russian interference helping Donald Trump ….as documented clearly in The Mueller Report.
………………………………………Joyce S. Anderson
I’m interested to see which of the candidates will separate themselves from the field. There are some good people running. I’ll be waiting for a “where’s the beef” moment.
Let’s hope Nancy Pelosi does strike the master stroke!!! Thanks, Joyce, for the overview. Well done.