“S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero,
Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo.” – t.s. eliot
It was November 7th, 2018, when everything began to change. Those on the East Coast, who hadn’t stayed up for the California returns, awoke to front page headlines declaring a win for Democrats. They took control of the House handily, and squeaked by in the Senate, after a brutal political battle, that kicked off with the Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court. The Republican Party, or what was left of it, was in disarray. There was talk among some who made it through their contests, of abandoning the GOP caucus, or leaving politics altogether. As bright as prospects were for the Democrats, they were that dim for Republicans, many were worried about criminal investigations into their funding sources, for coordinating with foreign donors.
January 3rd, 2019 – The 116th Congress
No time was wasted by the newly energized Democrats, who elected Nancy Pelosi to the Speaker post she gave up in 2010. Committee assignments left nothing to the imagination. Staffing for hearings was the priority, with veteran democrats who weathered the sham Republican Committees taking lead positions and making it clear; no crime or ethics violation would be overlooked. Everything and everyone would be subpoenaed. This was going to be a merciless course correction for our democracy, and those who were party to undermining it would pay the price.
The priority was a two-pronged attack to impeach the President and bring criminal charges against the Vice President. The prospect of Speaker Pelosi ascending to the Presidency over the disgraced President and V.P. stunned what was left of Republican leadership. They were so disoriented, they may as well have been hit in the head with a 2×4. They would be given two options: resign immediately or be drug through televised public hearings and unceremoniously disgraced. The restoration of representative democracy and regular order was going to be a brutal lesson. We were looking at the rebirth of the Federal Republic and return of power to her citizens.