Why Pelosi really hates impeachment and other commentary

Law prof: Why Pelosi Really Hates Impeachment

Why did Speaker Nancy Pelosi crush the hopes of Democratic voters by vehemently opposing impeachment? After all, notes Jonathan Turley at The Hill, “Democrats held out the prospect of impeaching President Trump as a top reason for giving them back control of the House.” But the very very last thing Democratic leaders want now’s to remove Trump, as unlikely as that is, and inaugurate a Mike Pence administration sooner than the 2020 election. In other phrases, “they want Trump wounded, but alive.” And most of the people doesn’t understand that their House investigations are “just kabuki theater.” Fact is, Democrats “have to appear to be pursuing Trump.” And it’s “simply not in their political interests to seek the removal of a president who is more useful” to them “in office than out.”

From the left: Waiting in Vain for the Mueller Report

Not even the biggest best-seller can match the pre-publication buzz of the expectations surrounding explicit counsel Robert Mueller’s report, contends The Atlantic’s David Graham. But additional important than when it will land or whether or not or not it will be made public is “whether it will even exist — or rather, whether it will exist in a form worth the anxious wait.” Though some have warned that Mueller might submit nothing larger than a fast synopsis, “the caution doesn’t seem to have permeated.” Unlike Kenneth Starr, who cultivated press consideration, Mueller “has been aggressively tight-lipped.” So “for him to put together a lengthy narrative now would be to ­repudiate his entire approach to the case so far.”

Foreign desk: Theresa May Is Out of Options

Despite struggling to position collectively an organized Brexit plan, declares The Week’s Jeff Spross, “at this point it should be obvious” that UK Prime Minister Theresa May is on “a fool’s errand.” On Wednesday, Parliament, which defeated her plan Tuesday 391 to 242, votes on whether or not or to not go ahead with a no-deal Brexit, which “almost everyone agrees” may very well be “a disaster.” That leaves a vote Thursday on whether or not or to not delay Brexit, which is most actually to go. Yet after larger than two years, May nonetheless can’t “cobble together an agreement” to which a majority of British policymakers and the EU can all sign on, suggesting the need for a model new referendum to solely “call the whole thing off.” But even that carries “a whole host of risks in its own right, including failure, a perception of ­political illegitimacy, even political upheaval.”

From the suitable: Republican Party Needs Asian Voters

Asian-Americans are a numerous lot and normally favor free enterprise, typical family values and a vigorous abroad protection. Yet, as Avik Roy and John Yoo complain at National Review, they’re “increasingly turning away from the Republican Party and identifying with the left.” In merely “two generations, Asian-Americans have become America’s most successful ethnic group.” And if family, obligation, education and arduous work are conservative values, then Asians are “the most conservative demographic group in America.” But these voters keep loyal Democrats, no matter that social gathering’s ­“intransigent defense of policies that explicitly or implicitly discriminate against Asians.” If conservatives can’t attraction to Asian-Americans, they warn, it’s “hard to see” how they will rise above “the perception — or reality — that their movement is solely a vehicle to advance white interests.”

Political scribe: What About the Gulf State ‘Benjamins’?

Rep. Ilhan Omar obtained a great deal of consideration, to position it mildly, when she insinuated that the US-Israeli relationship is “all about the Benjamins.” Which obtained Barbara Boland to questioning in Spectator USA: Is our abroad protection unduly influenced by money from Israel and Jews? Last yr, pro-Israel groups spent $5 million on lobbying — the an identical as Norway did in 2013. Maybe, she suggests, Omar “should take a hard look at contributions from the Gulf states,” which “not only dwarf the pro-Israel money in size; they support regimes that perpetrate abominable human-rights abuses.” ­Together, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Qatar haven’t too way back spent larger than $50 million on lobbying and strategic think-tank donations. These are governments linked to torture and murder. So the place is Omar, she asks, “on the ‘Benjamins, baby’ from horrendous human-rights-abusing Gulf states?”

— Compiled by Eric Fettmann

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