Friday, September 18, 2020
Miles from the Mainstream
D. R. ZUKERMAN, proprietor

On the busy first few days
of February 2020

January 19, 2020 --

LPR noticed speculation  that Speaker Pelosi's delay in arranging for the transmission to the Senate of the articles of impeachment against the president might have something to do with the February 3rd Iowa caucuses. Her delay would allow the contending Democratic senators to continue their Iowa campaigns up to the day of the caucuses.

LPR suggests a different motive for the delay: to insure that impeachment is still pending against the president on February 4, the date of his State of the Union Address.

When the speaker, by letter December 20, invited the president to give the address on February 4, could she have had in mind the State of the Union address that President Bill Clinton gave on January 19, 1999 while his impeachment trial was underway? 

If Bill Clinton had to deliver a State of the Union address, under impeachment, did Speaker Pelosi want to put President Trump in the same position of delivering a State of the Union speech under impeachment.   

President Clinton did not mention  impeachment in his 1999 address.  If the Senate does not dismiss the Trump impeachment, or end the matter with acquittal,  by February 4, will President Trump also avoid commenting on the matter.   

(By the way, the Super Bowl is February 2 -- and neither the Patriots nor the Bills will be in it.)