- U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib
Never mind that Trump has himself used the same offensive phrase to describe whole nations — such as China — in campaign speeches. The real offense was that Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit Democrat of Palestinian descent, also used the I-word with respect to Trump’s political survival.
- U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Too bad Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn't say it. The entire GOP congressional delegation would have spontaneously combusted.
Speaking of whom, is she like a total fox, or what? It’s clear my fellow old white dudes in the GOP caucus think so. She makes them crazy. That college video of Ocasio-Cortez dancing was supposed to embarrass her. Um, no. Instead, Republican men worry their wives might catch them watching the thing on their phones.
Meanwhile, in the interest of bipartisanship, a timely bit of advice: Trading insults with a smart-aleck New York City bartender is a good way to make a public fool of yourself. Boys, she’s heard it all before, and she’s got more witty putdowns than the late Don Rickles. Try to get over her.
But back to the adult portion of this column.
Sure, Ocasio-Cortez has gotten more attention than a congressional freshman deserves — partly due to New York media provincialism, also because she gives good TV. It’s the way of the world. Democrats elected a lot of impressive women in 2018. Hopefully, we’ll hear from more of them in time.
And yes, Tlaib’s outburst was both
I sent my wife a parody Trump tweet the other day: “I have a 12-inch penis and the biggest
She thought it was real. After all, why wouldn’t it be?
Anyway, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted coolly to impeachment talk. Tlaib, she said, “does not speak for the Democratic caucus.” Most establishment Democrats, such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), took the same line.
Many Democratic candidates took their cue from Pelosi during the 2018 campaign. They stressed practical issues like health care, voting rights, infrastructure
“We have to wait and see what happens with the Mueller report,” Pelosi also said. “We shouldn't be impeaching for a political reason, and we shouldn't avoid impeachment for a political reason.”
Exactly right. The worst thing Democrats could do would be to force a premature impeachment that would do little more than
Self-discipline is definitely in order. Because while we hear a lot about the passions of Trump’s cult-like “base,” less gets said about how Democrats feel — a cohort already considerably
David Leonhardt has laid out the case for removal in a powerfully restrained column headlined “The People vs. Donald J. Trump.”
“He has repeatedly put his own interests above those of the country. He has used the presidency to promote his businesses. He has accepted financial gifts from foreign countries. He has lied to the American people about his relationship with a hostile foreign government.
“… He has called for the prosecution of his political enemies and the protection of his allies. He has attempted to obstruct justice. He has tried to shake the public’s confidence in one democratic institution after another, including the press, federal law enforcement
Trump’s lies about and his oddly subservient relationship to Vladimir Putin alone justify his removal. Only last week, the president gave an account of Russia’s 1979 invasion of Afghanistan so bizarrely at odds with
It was straight-up Kremlin propaganda. Strange, very strange.
But most Americans aren’t there yet. The worst thing Democrats could do would be to force things prematurely. Hearings, definitely. However, regularizing impeachment as a partisan weapon could have the opposite effect intended, weakening rather than strengthening the Constitution.
What’s needed are a few courageous Republicans. Because once the dam breaks, it will