Republican Party

Jim Jordan’s Impeachment and Speaker Campaigns Are One Campaign

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Freedom Caucus leaders Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosestein yesterday evening and, not coincidentally, Jim Jordan formally announced this morning that he's running to be the next speaker of the House.

Now, the next speaker of the House may not even be a Republican, but that's beside the point.

Just like any other member of the Republican party that Jim Jordan would ordinarily malign as part of the dreaded "establishment" or, even worse, a "moderate," he's a ladder climber. We can interpret virtually everything he's done, from attacking special prosecutor Robert Mueller to trying to impeach Rod Rosenstein, as a pitch for Trump's support.

To make that crystal clear, Jim Jordan's opening pitch to be the next speaker praises Trump in a manner that no one but Trump himself truly believes.

“In November 2016, voters resoundingly rejected the status quo in Washington by electing an out-of-the-box Republican to drain the swamp and change how this town works,” Jordan wrote, neglecting to mention that Trump lost the popular vote by 2.8 million ballots.

“So far, President Trump has made them proud,” Jordan continued, also apparently forgetting about the massive amounts of grift in Trump’s Cabinet and the fact that really no aspect of Washington has changed.

The plot to impeach Rod Rosenstein has virtually no chance of actually happening or succeeding as Republicans will already be heading to the airport for a month of vacation by the time you read this, but Rep. Jim Jordan knows that. That's not the point.

The articles of impeachment, the blustery committee performances, and the relentless self-owns are all an attempt to ingratiate himself with Trump. He wants to be the speaker or, at the very least, the next minority leader.

I bet we'll even see Jim Jordan run for president in 2024.

  • Aynwrong

    The Republican party is such a display of criminality it’s dizzying. I honestly don’t know where to begin anymore.

  • Victor the Crab

    The accusations of the Ohio State wrestlers who claim Jim Jordan turned a blind eye towards sexual assault charges will weigh heavily when he dares attempt to run for House Republican chair. I can’t imagine this scumbag will succeed at his attempts, let alone survive this. But, when it comes to Republicans, stranger things have happened.

    • Draxiar

      I’d wager that Jordan believes that “the base” will overlook that just as they have and continue to do with trump.

  • It should surprise no one that Jordan, who turned a blind eye to sexual assault and misconduct is now turning a blind eye to the perv and traitor in the White House. Anything for power.

    • simpfan

      But something something Clinton!

  • muselet

    Jim Jordan is ambitious enough to run for Speaker and enough of a lickspittle to make a play for Donald Trump’s endorsement (for all that’s worth). Whether he runs for president in 2024 depends almost entirely on how GOP voters feel about someone turning a blind eye to sexual assault.

    My prediction is that Jordan will announce the formation of at least one state campaign organization on November 4, 2020.

    –alopecia

    • fry1laurie

      God save Ohio.

  • katanahamon

    Ask yourselves if you think a Republican Congress would go on vacation if tapes had surfaced of a Democratic president discussing paying off a second porn star..of course, that wouldn’t happen, because they would have impeached a Democrat long before now (for the first porn star) for one of the hundreds of reasons that exist for crimes and ethics violations that Rump has committed.

  • simpfan

    Jim Jordan? The Jim Jordan who turned a blind eye to systemic sexual misconduct and assault? That Jim Jordan?

    • Badgerite

      He also said, with a straight face, that he has never heard trump lie.

      • simpfan

        He’s just really good at not paying attention to things, I guess.

        • Badgerite

          It would seem so.

  • Georgie