With the impeachment of Donald Trump having finally succumbed to its inevitable fate, there is certainly a whole lot of Monday morning quarterbacking going on in Washington DC.
On the left, there is the constant hum of complaints about Senate trial witnesses and subpoenas, with a great many of the Democrats’ supporters furious over their party’s unwillingness to take steps to secure the testimony of men like John Bolton and Mick Mulvaney.
For the Republicans, the mood is more akin to a victory lap than a “coulda woulda shoulda” rehashing of the events.
What’s next? Well, according to one constitutional scholar, the resignation of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
George Washington Law Professor Jonathan Turley wrote Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should resign after slighting President Donald Trump while introducing him at the State of the Union and for ripping up his prepared remarks.
From his op-ed:
Pelosi has demolished decades of tradition with this poorly considered moment. Of course, many will celebrate her conduct and be thrilled by the insult to Trump. However, even those of us who disagree with his policies should consider what Pelosi destroyed in her moment of rage. She shredded the pretense of governing with civility and dignity in the House. Notably, she did not wait to rip up her copy of the speech until after she left the House floor. Pelosi wanted to do it in front of the cameras, at the end of the address with the president still in the chamber.
That act was more important to Pelosi than preserving the tradition of her office. In doing so, she forfeited the right to occupy that office. If Pelosi cannot maintain the dignity and neutrality of her office at the State of the Union, she should resign as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Pelosi has come under a great deal of criticism for her childish actions during the State of the Union address, with Turley’s remarks representing just a drop in the bucket.