House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has had her hands on the gavel of power since January, but she may be far more vulnerable than her party believes.
That’s what Sen. Lindsey Graham insisted on Sunday, as he predicted that the California congresswoman who is on her second time around as speaker of the House could be dethroned sooner rather than later.
During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, the South Carolina Republican pointed out that the left’s incessant drive to impeach the president could backfire politically — and Pelosi could end up handing in her gavel at the same time.
“Her job is very much at risk,” Graham declared. “Nancy Pelosi is riding a bucking, wild bronco called the Democratic caucus.”
Check out the Graham interview below. The Pelosi discussion starts about the 3:55 mark.
The senator knows a few things about politics. He’s served in the House and Senate for nearly 30 years, dealing with four different presidents during that time.
In a warning that even his political opponents would be wise to heed, Graham predicted that a push to impeach Donald Trump for vague reasons could fracture the Democrat party.
“Seventy percent of the Democratic base wants President Trump impeached,” Graham said, according to The Hill. “[Pelosi] knows that impeachment would be political suicide because there’s no reason to impeach the president.”
He was clearly referring to the report by special counsel Robert Mueller, which found far less dirt against Trump than Democrats had hoped. While many on the left had pinned their hopes of removing Trump on the Russian collusion narrative, Mueller’s report revealed no such thing.
But many Democrats have not toned down their impeachment rhetoric, even after being faced with the mild Mueller findings. That puts Pelosi in a tough spot as the party’s highest-ranking elected official.
“So she’s trying to keep the party intact,” Graham continued. “If she goes down the impeachment road, Republicans take back the House, we keep the Senate, President Trump gets re-elected.”
Sure enough, Pelosi has taken a fairly neutral stance on impeachment in recent weeks. On May 20, for example, Politico reported that Pelosi was acting as the voice of reason against impeachment while many of her own party demanded that she take down Trump.
“House Democratic leaders sparred internally on Monday over whether to begin an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her allies rejecting the call to move forward for now,” the news outlet reported.
Pelosi “rejected their calls, saying Democrats’ message is being drowned out by the fight over possibly impeaching Trump,” Politico continued.
It’s a strange moment when Nancy Pelosi and Lindsey Graham essentially agree, but other Democrats have joined the speaker in dialing down the impeachment talk.
“We did not run on impeachment, we did not run on collusion … so logic suggests that we should carry forward with the agenda that we communicated to the American people,” said Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chairman of the Democratic caucus, according to Politico.
But other prominent Democrats strongly disagree.
“I believe that we have come to the time of impeachment,” New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said on May 21.
“I believe that we have come to the time of impeachment,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tells @kasie.
“This is no longer about politics, but this is about upholding the rule of law.” pic.twitter.com/FigjKgrQ8r
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 21, 2019
The fact that media darling Ocasio-Cortez is now sparring with the leader of her own party somewhat proves Graham’s point:
If Speaker Pelosi isn’t able to control the message of her own side, she could soon lose her position of power.
If he’s right, then 2020 could be a wild year for Democrats.
“A house divided cannot stand,” the saying goes.
And it just might be a poignant prediction about the left’s chances at holding half of Congress.
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