As Trump heads into his re-election campaign, let’s be honest: Nancy Pelosi is a political genius.


First published in December 2019.


Each day when I wake up and, before I read the papers or listen to the news, I repeat the same mantra:

“You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Your next stop, The Trump Zone!”

And Tuesday was another such day. At 9 a.m. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, surrounded by about six committee chairmen, announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald J. Trump.

At 10 a.m., Speaker Pelosi returned to the podium and announced agreement with President Trump on USMCA, the U.S., Mexico, Canada trade agreement.

A slap across the face. Then presentation of something that fulfills one of his campaign promises.

Let’s be honest: Nancy Pelosi is a political genius.

I don’t know if she lucked out on the timing of the USMCA agreement or stalled for the right moment but announcing it right after impeachment is brilliance. No longer can the Republicans make the specious argument that the Democrats are focused solely on impeachment and thus there is a lack of progress in other areas. They can chew gum and spit at the same time, ladies and gentlemen.

The House has sent the Senate about 400 bills that have received no action from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who learned this rope-a-dope style of leadership when he denied President Obama’s Supreme Court choice by simply doing nothing. He is doing nothing again, I assume because he sees that doing nothing drew him praise from his people. And he is proving excellent at doing nothing!

What Pelosi demonstrated though is that indeed our government can work even when we have major issues dividing us. Trump is trying to wrap up approval of many of his campaign promises as he heads into his re-election campaign, a way I assume for him to back up his phony claim that he is the “best President in our history.”

Next up on the impeachment front, the House needs to finish its process of passing articles of impeachment. Then the action shifts to the Senate where Trump wants a long trial so he can stage manage it to his liking. McConnell doesn’t want that, preferring the bare minimum because doing nothing isn’t an option in impeachment.

Repeat after me: “You are traveling through another dimension…”🔷



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[This piece was originally published on The Screaming Moderate and re-published in PMP Magazine on 11 December 2019, with the author’s consent. | The author writes in a personal capacity.]

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Former deputy White House press secretary to Presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Also headed communications offices at the RNC, U.S. Department of Commerce, and Yale University.

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