Nancy Pelosi’s impeachment remarks were laughable

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s laughable announcement this week that she lacked enthusiasm for impeaching President Donald Trump ignored three things: the wishes of several vocal members in her conference, the bloodthirstiness of her party’s base and the credibility of Adam Schiff. Her political instinct is correct — impeaching a president is divisive and could backfire, as it did on Republicans after the 1998 impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Pelosi’s conference defies her all the time. True to form, the goat rodeo continued this week as several broke with her on impeachment. Impeachment is “not a matter of whether, it’s a matter of when,” Rep. John Yarmuth, chairman of the Budget Committee, said. “That doesn’t mean we’re voting on it,” said …

Mount Rushmore isn’t changing just yet

(CNN)“I didn’t need to do this.” Trump began the week with an appearance in El Paso, Texas, fighting it out with Beto O’Rourke in dueling rallies offering opposite visions for the future of the border — and where Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin assessed that the President was soundly upstaged as “irrelevant” and “incoherent.” But Trump wasn’t the only one deserving of blame as Washington narrowly averted another shutdown, argued Michelle García: “Rather than bring an end to border security fights, Democrats may have signed on to a never-ending battle” by agreeing to new security funding and giving new life to the GOP’s focus on it. Stop throwing stones Inclusiveness also became a partisan battleground this week as David Perry …

Governors: States are where the action is

(CNN)About half of Americans say they are starting off the new year with firm resolutions for improving their lives. Many of our states are off to a fresh beginning, too, with much the same goal in sight. By the end of the month, 21 new governors will have been inaugurated across the country, joining Alaska’s Mike Dunleavy, who was sworn in at the start of December. That’s because the states are the engines of change in our democracy. While it may be the worst of times in Washington, with unprecedented political infighting and gridlock, it’s truly the best of times in the states. Citizens are involved, communities are resurgent, and progress is accelerating. Congratulations to each of our fellow outgoing …