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Pelosi v Hoyer v Waxman v Blue Dogs v Ø v Pelosi

posted at 12:40 am on July 25, 2009 by

Allahpundit’s main page post treated the awesomely awesome Blue Dogs v. Waxman dust-up, but that was just one of several sideshows on Capitol Hill last week.

In addition to the Blue Dogs “storming” out of Waxman’s office, we also had Waxman “storming” out of Speaker Pelosi’s.  Elsewhere, Pelosi and her Majority Leader (and potential leadership rival) Steny Hoyer came to blows – if so far only with their own hands:

At around 2 p.m., Hoyer was standing near the front of the House chamber, surrounded by a half dozen Democrats, making his case for riding out the recess and voting in September.
“…[H]e said Pelosi was intent on hammering it through [The eyewitness said Hoyer then pounded his fist against his open palm to illustrate the speaker’s resolve to vote within the week.]… He made it clear that he still thinks it’s a bad idea.”

Pelosi, meeting with “progressive reporters”:

“I always call Washington the city of the perishable. When you’ve got the votes, you take the vote,” she said, punching her left hand hard with her right. “Because if you think you’re going to wait around until you get more of this or that — you just never know what happens.”

You don’t have to be a hardcore Freudian to wonder who it is Pelosi’s “really” punching and Hoyer’s “really” hammering. Each other? Or someone else – Rahm, his boss maybe? I’ll go with the first, since, even if on someone level it was the President’s job to make it happen, it was Nancy’s job to make Steny’s job doable, and vice versa.

There are several more chapters to go in this story, but it doesn’t seem to be getting better for these characters. Everyone hereabouts and countrywide is focused on the Ø, but just think about the role Madam P. has been creating for herself in the future miniseries. The storyline that’s shaping up is that our greatest-ever President’s tragic error has been letting Congress write the big bills, and has anyone in living memory ever managed a prime legislative role worse than Pelosi?

At least when she called out the Rs just prior to the TARP vote, as execrable a performance as it was, it ended up serving her party’s short-term political interests. Since January, it’s been our beloved President’s fault that he let her have her head, but the Stimulus was pure Pelosi. Cap & Trade was pure Pelosi. And let’s not forget all the “help” she gave the Ø on the “torture” debate.

This week, she’s categorically asserted that she has the votes to pass a bill before the recess. If she can’t, as seems at just this moment to be much more likely; if the effort falls apart and leads to desperate face-saving amidst crumbling poll numbers and corresponding electoral results for the whole political blue crew… What are the chances that Pelosi will still be Speaker two years from today?

Darned Republicans! It’s all their fault.

–Adapted from Zombie Contentions blog

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I’ll be surprised if San Fran Nan loses her seat, but not if she loses the gavel. Hoyer is showing himself better able to accommodate the blue dogs, and unless that group loses enough seats to Republicans, it puts him in better position.

The more interesting question, to me, is whether the Repubs can flip control of the house in 2010 or 2012. I keep looking for a newt on the horizon, and so far have been dissapointed. Did the Repubs really forget how to be the minority party that quickly?


acat on July 25, 2009 at 8:41 AM

Another thing that’s perishable: her face.

Jim Treacher on July 25, 2009 at 4:34 PM

This woman is by far the worst Speaker of the House in history. It’s not even close.

Corrupt and incompetent.

Another affirmative action hire blows up in the face of the Democrats. We have a House Speaker who is a woman and that’s pretty much all she brings to the table. What isn’t between her legs.

Which fits in with the president, who is there solely on the basis of his skin color.

The poster boy and girl for why affirmative action needs to end.

NoDonkey on July 25, 2009 at 7:53 PM

acat – it took the Rs 45 years to work up to ’94. Learning how to be in the minority is what they don’t want to do.

CK MacLeod on July 25, 2009 at 8:32 PM

I’m not sure, ND, how much of it’s competence and how much of it’s ideology. Even the most liberal of her predecessors were more constrained by shared understanding of what was possible. What we’re seeing now is a partial, shadowy resurgence of the broad conservative coalition that used to constrain people like Johnson and Rayburn, and even the FDR Democrats. What makes it harder to analyze is that she’s become such a repellent figure for what seem to be non-ideological reasons, at least at first. It’s hard to tell which came first, the monster or the monstrous views.

CK MacLeod on July 25, 2009 at 8:49 PM