Schiff and Pelosi strike the right tone

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After watching the press conference yesterday with Rep. Adam Schiff and Speaker Pelosi, I became a believer that things are getting serious. And not only did the press conference strike the right tone, but it made me realize that we need more of them.

I’ve been critical of Democratic leadership in recent days, and rightly so in my view. More often than not, when compared to President Trump’s bombastic and confrontational style, they’ve appeared weak and on the defensive. With the White House in pure panic mode, though, it seems the Democrats have found their voice. And it couldn’t have come at a more convenient time.

At times, both Pelosi and Schiff have gone out of their way not to appear partisan. They’ve always struck a cautionary tone when it comes to the prospect of impeachment. But after yesterday, it seems that the gloves are officially off. When you hear Schiff saying, in his usual soft and thoughtful voice, “Were not fooling around,” you know things have changed.

I also realize that if the Democrats do not stay on the offensive, the momentum for impeachment will dissipate faster than a Trump tarmac ‘press conference.’ Why? Because what you see in front of us at the moment is a president in pure narcissistic meltdown. He’s openly calling for not only Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden and his son, but now he’s even included China. Yes, the same China that strictly controls the internet and imprisons political dissidents. What could go wrong?

This lunacy is the strategy; always deflect, point the narrative in another direction, and accuse someone else of doing what you do. Then, make sure the right-wing echo chamber follows suit, spreading false conspiracy theories and convincing the main-stream media that there is a there, there. The only way to counteract such shenanigans is to keep up the pressure and call the president out. Hell, if it means on an hourly basis, so be it.

I do worry that the Democrats may not be up to the job. Call me skeptical, and I’ll gladly accept that characterization. But now isn’t the time for passivity or capitulation. As I’ve said, you can only defeat a bully by confronting them. In this case, the facts are on the Democrats’ side. We have him openly admitting asking the Ukrainians for help. And now, in typical Trump fashion, he doubles down and invites another country to join in on the scheme.

If Democrats lose the momentum, they have nobody to blame but themselves. Yesterday’s press conference is a definite step in the right direction. And Pelosi signaling for Schiff to take the lead in the impeachment inquiry is a smart move as well. He comes across as credible, intelligent, and orderly; in other words, the complete opposite of Trump. Others, such as Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut and Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, are also excellent at this. I’ve seen them both in front of the media the last twenty-four hours, stating the facts and arguing the seriousness of this matter.

Again, more of this, please.

Lastly, as I said above, Speaker Pelosi was on point yesterday. It was all about the rule of law and our Constitution. I’ll disagree with her slightly on one comment that she made. And that was her alluding to the guardrails our Founders put into the Constitution. Pelosi mentioned that they could never have imagined a president continuously ramming those guardrails like the current president is doing.

I beg to differ. It’s called impeachment.

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  1. I didn’t see the press conference you referenced, so maybe things have changed … but from the appearances I’ve seen, I think these two come across far too “proper.” I think they should be calling Trump out for all the crap he’s pulling. They don’t have to be nasty … just assertive.

    He certainly doesn’t pull any punches when he’s expressing himself! I’m not saying tit for tat … but the Dems need to start coming across as forceful, decisive, and ready to fight, if necessary.

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    1. A little more fire certainly wouldn’t hurt Nan. But however they do it….just keep doing it. This thing has legs, and I think the American people, as a whole, get it this time. Dems sure as hell better not blow it!

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    2. I think that the democrats must be very, very careful not to lower themselves to the level of Trump & Co. Professionalism must be the modus operandi … and they don’t need to fight … the facts are on their side. They need only to ensure that everyone hears and knows the facts, sees the evidence, and then stand back and let Trump dig his own grave.

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      1. Hi Jill. I’m responding to your comment on the post. For some reason I started typing and it disappeared. Weird. Anyway, thank you for the reblog, as always.
        You’re so right though. Dems cannot blow this. Again, already this morning he’s doubling down. Defiant, unhinged, and saying he has every right to call for investigations into whoever he wants. He seems to think if he’s abusing his power out in the open, people will think it’s ok. That appears to be his strategy. And we can never forget…it’s HIS strategy, because he listens to nobody.
        Once again…..mostly crickets from Republicans. That Constitutional crisis we’ve always talked about? If we’re not in it….we will be soon……

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      2. He seems to think if he’s abusing his power out in the open, people will think it’s ok. — You’re spot on because that’s EXACTLY what’s happening! All he has to do is open his mouth and his supporters wave their MAGA hats and shout Keep America Great!

        The comment you received that went to SPAM is a good example.

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      3. Yep. It’s beyond troubling Nan. I just watched a town hall clip from Sen. Jodi Ernst of Iowa. She was so careful…so scared to outright criticize Trump. They’re all such cowards. They don’t want to rile up the cult. This will not end well for a lot of these people.

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      4. The vagaries of WordPress are never-ending. I receive a ultra-conservative daily newsletter, to stay on top of the thought-processes of ‘the other side’. Today, there were numerous pieces about the impeachment, all of which took the position that they had no clue why the democrats wanted to impeach, when “no crime” had been committed. No wonder my blood pressure is somewhere up in the sky these days! No crime??? What … are they blind and deaf? Sigh. But yes, the dems must continue to operate calmly, present facts, and do so with dignity. Look at the difference between Barack Obama and Trump … night and day. I think we are already in the throes of the constitutional crisis, my friend. And it will get worse before it gets better. Now where did I put that cyanide capsule?

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      5. I would think that blood pressure medication is in high demand…especially since Jan. 20, 2017!!! LOL. Good on you for at least attempting to understand the other side. Hell, maybe I might do the same thing…although Twitter is certainly filled with what you called, ‘the blind and deaf’…After about 30 minutes on that platform and I’m ready to hit the beer cooler!!

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      6. Indeed so! Actually, since October 2016, the day Jim Comey came out with his “October Surprise”, for I think I knew then … I remember feeling like I had been punched in the gut when I heard that. Yes, every time I log onto Twitter I immediately see something that makes my blood boil and the fingertips start typing before I have a chance to think about it. Sigh. Hand me one of those beers, if you don’t mind … a Coors Light, preferably. 🍺

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      7. Yes Twitter does that to me as well. I might add that I love you’re responses to some of the deranged Trump cult members. When you hit them with facts….they’ve got nothing. The facts are on our side!!

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      8. Thank you! Our own representative Warren Davidson is the one who irks me most (after Trump, of course), and I’m sick and tired of his lying rhetoric. During the August recess, he held numerous town hall meetings … but none in my lower-middle-class largely immigrant and African-American neighborhood. All his town halls were in the wealthy neighborhoods in his district. Facts seem to have little meaning to these buffoons, unless the facts just happen to support their own ideas.

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      9. Spineless cowards. Harsh yes. Truth? Also, yes. Yes, and who can forget the other profile in courage from Ohio…Mr. Jordan. What a complete waste of a Congressional salary. If his district keeps putting him in, I’d have to question the brains of the people in that district.

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      10. Ah yes, good ol’ Mr. Jordan, one of the founders of the ignoble House Freedom Caucus of which Warren Davidson is a member. I lit into Jordan the other day … I can’t remember if it was on Twitter or Facebook, but I gave him a piece of my mind! I have given away so many pieces, that there isn’t much left! Sigh.

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      11. As the Turkish troops move into Syria, aligned with Russia and Assad, could this be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for Republicans? Quick answer: NOPE

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      12. Nope. Sigh. I am not sure at this point that there is ANYTHING that will make them find their consciences. I think they are so caught up in their own greed, in the manipulation of the narcissist in the Oval, that they cannot come back down to earth. Our best hope is going to be to vote every damn one of them out … all the republican reps next year, and the senators as their terms end.

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      13. Oh I agree with your first sentence, Jill. Certainly I wouldn’t want them to emulate tRumpsky! I’d just like a little more emotion behind their statements. What I’ve seen so far is their “professionalism” is so staid and perfect their message comes across as just so many words. There’s a way of being assertive without being theatrical.

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      14. That’s my fear … these things can tend to get out of hand altogether too quickly, and I think it would spell doom for the democrats to get “down and dirty”. I think they should emulate Obama who, no matter how much unfair criticism and falsehoods were thrown at him, always responded with grace and dignity.

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      15. Trump may dig his own grave, but he’s not going to jump in. He’ll only go down screaming like a maniac, which he is well on his way to becoming. The Dems must go, and stay, on the offensive until this nightmare is over.

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      16. Yep, kicking and screaming is how it will be. You’re right though. Keep it up Dems. No time for weakness. These people are ruthless and delusional.
        And thank you for the follow mistermuse!

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      17. It’s a balancing act … but this is uncharted territory and it’s hard to know what tone to take. What isn’t at all hard to know is the difference between a president and a madman. Trump is surely certifiably a lunatic, and as such, should never have set foot in the Oval Office, let alone carry the nuclear box! Impeachment is a no-brainer … any other prez who had done half … a tenth … of what he’s done would be gone by now. He must be removed, one way or another … but, if possible, in such a manner that as many as possible understand and view it as inevitable. This nation cannot withstand much more divisiveness. Remember that old quote of Abraham Lincoln, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”? ‘Tis true. That’s why I urge caution … not in the action of impeachment, for that must proceed as rapidly as possible, but in the presentation. Catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Present the evidence, show the law that he plainly broke, explain why this is dangerous to our democracy, but always with calmness and respect. Just my opinion.

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    1. I hear you Neil. I’m not sure either. If things keep coming out like this…if more whistleblowers come out? I’ve got to think they will cut him loose. We just don’t know. Political courage and the Republican Party of today do not go together. Very troubling.

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      1. Neil, Jeff, when I learned five states are going to eliminate their GOP primaries, my first reaction was “are you sure you want to do that?” This was before the Ukraine thing made it public. My thesis is simple, “Senator, Congressperson, you do not know what you will have to defend next week, next month or next year? And, the sin may have already been committed.

        Keith

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  2. I pray Dems have their ducks in a row so impeachment is a go, but somehow i’m not holding my breathe. I fear the inquiry will lead nowhere if Pelosi is overly concerned about optics and election results. The Dems are not ALL IN!

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  3. The Dems may not be all in, but the valid media seem to be. They are finding more grains to grind all the time, and they have to keep grinding it into flour as rapidly as they can. It is not necessary to stay completely proper and professional, but use passion when passion needs to be used. Challenge the people to be outraged.

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    1. I actually saw Chuck Todd this morning visually disgusted with Sen. Johnson from Wisconsin. Something has finally lit a fire under Mr. Todd. It was good to see. I hope we see more of that!

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