Good For Tulsi Gabbard and the Other Dems Who Wouldn’t Do It
House Democrats had themselves a good ol’ time on Wednesday night, making good on Rashida Tlaib’s promise to go in there and “impeach the mother**ker,” but at least a handful of left-wing lawmakers kept their wits about them. It was a small handful, to be sure, but that just makes their courage all the more notable.
So as Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff, Jerrold Nadler, and the rest of the degenerates play in the tatters of the U.S. Constitution, let’s raise a glass to these heroes: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (voted “present”), Rep. Jeff Van Drew (voted No, has indicted he will switch parties), Rep. Jared Golden (voted No on Obstruction of Congress), and Rep. Collin Peterson (voted No on both counts). In each case, these Democrats decided that their personal principles were, at least to some degree, more important than following the mad tyrants at the top of the party. Good for them.
Gabbard, the popular Hawaiian Democrat currently running for president, was obviously the most high-profile defector. And while she couldn’t quite bring herself to fully cross the strike line and vote against impeachment, her vote of “present” showed her to be the clearheaded kind of liberal that’s almost impossible to find in the Democratic Party these days.
“I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no,” she said in a statement. “I am standing in the center and have decided to vote ‘Present.’”
Speaking to an audience in South Carolina earlier in the week, Gabbard said, “I think it’s really important that every member of Congress cast their vote based on what’s in the best interest of the country, rather than based on political implications.”
Wow, imagine that. We’re sure that all the usual suspects on the left would insist that they DID vote in the interests of the country, of course, but that’s a laughable assertion on its face. Even if they truly believe that the country would be best served by a Democrat president, their impeachment push didn’t even accomplish that. According to every poll we’ve seen, in fact, they seem to have nearly crushed any chance they might have once had of defeating Trump next year. This was grandstanding of the worst kind – without purpose and without any clear goal.
It is almost inevitable that House Democrats will rue the day they ever started this process, if they don’t already. But four members of their caucus can hold their heads (at least partially) high today. Here’s to them.