“But what if she gets her period and starts a war?” has long been used against the idea of a female president. For anyone thinking of this as a viable critique, the events of the past weeks should put any of doubts to rest.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) faced off against President Trump when she announced a formal impeachment inquiry. Currently, only one of those people is throwing a tantrum on Twitter while watching Fox News slowly try to extricate themselves from this ever-ballooning scandal.
Throughout the interminable past four years since Trump came to dominate the news cycle, we have seen him joke about committing the same kind of crimes that he is currently being investigated for.
In a nutshell, Trump threatened Ukrainian president Volodymr Zelensky to withhold military aid while pressuring him to investigate a political rival, Joe Biden , and his son’s business dealings.
Initial hopes were that the Mueller Report would provide enough ammunition to take Trump down. When a smoking gun failed to materialize, many Democrats appeared to falter on the issue. Some came out unequivocally in favor of impeachment but the establishment of the party was still haunted by memories of the Clinton impeachment.
As evidence of Trump’s misdeeds grew, many Democrats found themselves looking at the broader scope of history and how it would view either their action or inaction. Neville Chamberlain has been oft maligned for his appeasement of Hitler as Prime Minister of the UK in the buildup to WWII. Chamberlain too was haunted by memories and sought to avoid a repeat of the carnage of WWI.
Democratic lawmakers seem to be highly cognizant of the Chamberlain effect. No one wants to tell their grandchildren that all they did at this pivotal moment in history was shared some white-hot memes and bemoan the state of affairs.
Pelosi is playing a longer game than many of us realized. What appeared to be wishy washiness, with hindsight, is now pragmatic. There have been so many examples of scandals that would bring down any other administration but just seem to slide right off Teflon Don.
He paid off a porn star with campaign contributions so that she would stay quiet about a sexual encounter. Anyone? Buehler? Buehler?
By waiting to file an impeachment inquiry until something of this magnitude surfaced, Pelosi demonstrated her belief in the credibility of these most recent allegations.
She used the feminine trait of waiting patiently to strike on a president who personifies toxic masculinity. It was precisely her womanhood that allowed her to so deftly and pragmatically outmaneuver Trump.
What happens from here on out is up to a multitude of complicated legislative and back room inner-party strategizing on both sides.
Pelosi’s leadership is proof of the thoughtful and measured influence of women in political office. My hope is that this is leads to a ripple effect to end Trump’s presidency.
For now, Whoever Makes Nancy Pelosi’s Suits 2020.