"He's just not worth it" wasn't exactly her finest rhetorical hour.
Pelosi was noticeably warmer toward the younger generation of congresswomen during the interview, remembering the full name of the Green New Deal (which she'd previously dismissed as the "green dream, or whatever") and expressing "awe" at "the way they balance family and children and home".
"I'm not for impeachment", she said in a March 6 interview conducted for a future issue of The Washington Post Magazine.
Democrats wrestled for days over whether to call Ms Omar out by name, what other types of bias should be decried in the resolution and whether the party would tolerate dissenting views on Israel.
Pelosi has, since becoming the House leader in January, given similar indications that there would need to be a high, "bipartisan" bar for impeaching, particularly as it would fail to remove the president from office if it came to a party-line vote in the Senate. Last week, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a freshman Democratic lawmaker from MI, said she would file such a resolution this month, claiming "every single colleague" of hers believed that the President has committed impeachable offenses.
"There's also some dismissiveness there that you kind of have to acknowledge", said Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent of the PBS NewsHour and an MSNBC contributor. Yes, it's theoretically possible that either the Mueller investigation or some future House investigation will produce evidence that meets the "compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan" standard Pelosi mentioned, changing the equation.
Despite her opposition to impeachment, Pelosi said Trump was "unfit" to be president "ethically", "i$3 ntellectually", and "curiosity-wise".
"I told them that 'you have to have a bigger staff and a bigger budget, '" Bossie said.
"Do I see a killer team that is ready for the impeachment proceedings that are potentially coming?"
Still, Pelosi's comments are certain to stoke a stubborn tension with those who believe impeachment proceedings should have begun on day one of the new Congress. House Democrats, they argue, have a job to do in holding the president accountable - regardless of the GOP's stance on impeachment.
She never said that she was slamming the door shut on the option of impeachment, but in her experience, and her often astute wiseness, she believes there is a better path to victory-and I trust her.
As for her comments on Trump's fitness to be president, Sanders said, "Most of America disagrees with her comments". Timing, Raskin said, "becomes more of a factor" in impeachment as elections near.
I don't know why Pelosi didn't make those points directly, since there can be no doubt that she's thought about them already. If you like the work we do, please consider supporting us by signing up for a monthly subscription.
"We shouldn't impeach the president for political reasons and we shouldn't not impeach the president for political reasons", she told the Associated Press in November.