The mainstream media would have its viewers believe that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has President Donald Trump right where she wants him. Trump, it is said, wants a Senate trial to clear himself of wrongdoing, and Pelosi, by not sending the articles of impeachment to the Senate, is not giving it to him.
But, as The Federalist’s David Marcus explained in a recent New York Post article, any notion that Pelosi has the upper hand in this scenario stems from a complete misreading of the situation. In essence, she has fallen right into Trump’s trap.
A desperate Trump?
To understand the idea that is being peddled by the mainstream media — that the Democrats have the upper hand — we must, according to Marcus, go back to one of Trump’s tweets.
“So after the Democrats gave me no Due Process in the House, no lawyers, no witnesses, no nothing, they now want to tell the Senate how to run their trial,” the president wrote. “Actually, they have zero proof of anything, they will never even show up. They want out. I want an immediate trial!”
This last part, of course, is what the Democrats have narrowed in on. They, accordingly, have tricked themselves into believing that President Trump is so desperate for a Senate trial that they can use the recently passed articles of impeachment as leverage.
All Pelosi and the Dems have to do is refuse to give Trump his Senate trial until that Senate body agrees to certain conditions that Pelosi says will ensure a “fair” trial.
Baffling the Republicans
Here is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) response to Pelosi and the idea that she and the House Dems have any kind of leverage:
Some House Democrats imply they are withholding the articles for some kind of leverage. I admit, I’m not sure what leverage there is in refraining from sending us something we do not want. Alas, if they can figure that out, they can explain.
Marcus rightly explains that McConnell and the Senate Republicans “do not want” to deal with impeachment because they are too busy stacking courts across the country with conservative judges. So, there is obviously no leverage there. But, what about with Trump?
Well, there isn’t really leverage there either, and, as Marcus explains, it is because Trump, despite having articles of impeachment passed against him, actually finds himself in a position that he cannot lose.
“So the Democrats have two choices,” Marcus wrote: “send along the articles or fold their hand. If they do the former, Trump’s vindication will be complete with his acquittal. If they do the latter, he will be vindicated by their cowardice. Both of these are great results for the president and Republicans.”
Stuck between a rock and a hard place
This is indeed the situation that Pelosi and the Democrats find themselves, and it has to be said that they put themselves there.
Now, while Pelosi continues to sit on those articles of impeachment believing that she has some kind of leverage on Republicans, we can also sit there smiling at her folly.