Many have speculated about how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) really feels about her party’s quest to impeach President Donald Trump.
According to Congressman Mike Rogers (R-AL), Pelosi was essentially forced into impeachment, she knows it is potentially calamitous for her party, and she knows it will cost the Democrats come Election Day 2020, Breitbart reports.
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Rogers’ comments came Friday during an appearance on a Huntsville, Alabama, radio program called The Jeff Poor Show.
“[Pelosi] tried the first six months of this year to get them not to do this and was public in saying this was not a good idea,” Rogers said. “It was too divisive for the country, and it should never be done unless it was bipartisan and overwhelming evidence, and they wouldn’t listen to her.”
According to Rogers, the reason that Pelosi finally caved was that it was the only way she could maintain her speakership.
“[Pelosi’s] problem is that these people [the more extreme members of her party] almost didn’t let her become speaker because she’s not crazy enough with socialism,” Rogers said. “The new left-wing of her conference is obsessed. She was either going to have to get in front of the parade and lead it, or they were going to have to throw her overboard.”
As Rogers explained, Pelosi knew full well that impeachment would likely cost Democrats the majority in 2020, but she had little choice in the matter.
“[Pelosi] has seen what happened when the Republicans tried to remove Bill Clinton, and it cost them the majority,” Rogers said. “It’s going to cost her the majority next year, and she knows it.”
On the other hand, while more progressive Democrats are heading for a cliff seemingly without knowing it, and while more centrist Democrats — like Pelosi — see the writing on the wall and can do nothing about it, things are looking up for Rogers and his fellow Republicans.
“The only good thing about what they’re doing now is I’m very optimistic about getting the majority back next November,” he said. He went on to note that it especially helps those Republicans who, like himself, are in swing districts, saying:
I feel much better now than I did a month ago. I was optimistic a month [ago]. I could see a path. And we’re polling in those 31 districts. They’re dropping like a rock. This is exactly what Nancy Pelosi told them would happen. It’s happening. So again, I’m very optimistic.
The most positive thing that Rogers predicted is something to which both political parties — although not the radicals — can look forward to.
“Usually in bad things, there is some silver lining that you get out of it,” Rogers said. “That’s going to be the silver lining in this: It’s going to move that radical element back out of the House, and hopefully, we can not only get Republican control back but start having productivity up here and less polarization.”