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Pelosi isn't the first politician to herd voters because 'the iron is hot'

By John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

"We have to strike while the iron is hot," Speaker Nancy Pelosi told her fellow Democrats as she launched an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump's ill-advised phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

And so, in a spasm of revenge, she calls her Democrats to political war to invalidate the 2016 election they lost to Trump.

It's also obvious that Democrats are desperate, breathlessly so, to discredit Attorney General William Barr and career federal prosecutor John Durham before they report out what they've learned about the origins of the failed Trump-Russia collusion investigation, which was initially directed by Obama administration spymasters.

I won't prejudge what Barr and Durham may or may not find. But Democrats are worried that Barr and Durham will muddy the waters and reveal what happened in Ukraine, where it all started.

Democrats can't afford that, and the shrieking increases.

But if Americans find Democratic tactics to herd voters like livestock familiar, there is a reason.

 

Americans have seen this before, at the hands of the Republicans.

They should easily be able to imagine President George W. Bush of a few years ago, saying the same kind of thing to his Republicans about Iraq and hot iron in his hands.

Or perhaps they see Bush sitting by as his Rasputin, then Vice President Dick Cheney, exhorted the pro-war neocons to support Bush and his ill-advised war in Iraq.

Bush's Iraq War was supposed to grow democracy in a land of barbarous dictators. It ended in disaster, with American soldiers and their families paying a terrible cost in blood and lives lost.

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