Of all the blundering mistakes that Democrats have made in their war against President Donald Trump, perhaps their biggest error was assuming that your average American gives two flips about Ukraine. We’re not saying that’s the main reason that public polling on impeachment has solidified (or, to put it another way, stagnated), but it’s not helping. And Democrats know it.
That’s why, when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was talking to reporters on Thursday, she was quick to assure the public that this actually ISN’T about Ukraine. No, no, you rubes. See, this is still about (wait for it…) RUSSIA!
“This isn’t about Ukraine,” Pelosi said. “It’s about Russia. Who benefited by our withholding — withholding of that military assistance? Russia. It’s about Russia. Russia invading eastern Ukraine. Over 10,000 people, now maybe 13,000, some of them in the absence of our conveying that military assistance that was voted in a bipartisan way by the Congress of the United States. So sometimes people say, ‘Well, I don’t know about Ukraine. I don’t know that much about Ukraine.’ Well, our adversary in this is Russia. All roads lead to Putin. Understand that.”
She says “understand that” at the end, but what she should have really said was, “Believe that.” Or, if she wanted to be really honest, she could have said, “Please, please believe that.”
But why should we? Just a couple of months ago, Pelosi told us that impeachment was too divisive, and that if there weren’t any votes in the Senate, there was no point in going through with it. And just a few months before that, she was telling us that Trump obstructed justice, despite the fact that he never fired Robert Mueller (as was his right to do). And before that, she was telling us that he was guilty of colluding with the Russians to steal the election. When was the last time this woman – this party – told us the truth?
First it was quid pro quo. Then it was bribery. Now it’s aiding and abetting Russia. If Pelosi’s not careful, her footsoldiers are going to start throwing around the word “collusion” again, and we’ll be right back where we were a year ago.