Please Stop Throwing Up in Your Mouth a Little While Playing 3D Chess or Pelosi’s Mistaken: Hold Public Hearings for Impeachment

Ellen Beth Gill
5 min readMar 13, 2019




plural noun: clichés; plural noun: clichés

1. a phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.

Balloons at the 2004 Democratic National Convention

I don’t want to hear that you “threw up in your mouth a little” when [insert whatever bugs the writer here]. I have two cats who throw up on the carpet often enough. I don’t want to hear about throwing up unless you’re telling me about a better carpet cleaner. In particular, I do not want to hear that cliché when you’re giving me writing advice. Next time I see that in your Medium essay on how to be a better writer, I might throw up in your shoe, a lot, for real.

Also, I don’t want to hear that anyone is “playing 3D chess while [someone else] is playing checkers.” I don’t want to hear you say that your favorite politician is playing 3D chess unless you attach a picture of them playing a game of 3D chess. Specifically, this week, I do not want to hear that Speaker Nancy Pelosi outplayed Republicans by taking impeachment off the table, leaving the ball in their court. Pelosi’s comment was not a brilliant 3D chess move and your lauding her comment not only betrays a lack of original thought, it’s factually incorrect and I can prove it.

First, you tell me Speaker Pelosi broke out the 3D chess set when she nixed impeachment because American’s aren’t ready for impeachment. It’s better not to talk about impeachment until Americans are ready. I’m not sure the premise of that argument, that Americans aren’t ready for impeachment, is true but even if it is true, you can’t hide evidence of a crime and say the jury can’t convict. You don’t take impeachment off the table before you examine the evidence. You learn the facts and then decide if Trump committed impeachable crimes. You learn the facts by demanding public hearings. You don’t settle for one measly public hearing with one witness before a mundane congressional committee. You demand multiple, multiple-witness hearings before high level sexy committees like Judiciary and Intelligence. You make the witnesses tell the American people what they did why they did…

Ellen Beth Gill

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