From the leader of a caucus whose members have not only been spotted crying on the House floor lately over their electoral fate but who’ve been chatting with grief counselors to help them cope comes an important lesson on keeping a healthy perspective:
What about John Boehner, the Ohio Republican who is expected to succeed you as House speaker in January? Did you see him tearing up on election night as he addressed his supporters?
You know what? He is known to cry. He cries sometimes when we’re having a debate on bills. If I cry, it’s about the personal loss of a friend or something like that. But when it comes to politics — no, I don’t cry. I would never think of crying about any loss of an office, because that’s always a possibility, and if you’re professional, then you deal with it professionally.
O.K., but you could admit to having deep emotions about your setback in the House.
I have deep emotions about the American people. If I were to cry for anything, I would cry for them and the policies that they’re about to face.
That last condescending bit is pure Nancy, suggesting as it does that the idiot masses couldn’t possibly knowingly prefer the policies of the party they’ve just elected. Only ignorance of the consequences of what they’ve done can explain their actions. But then, that’s not the first time we’ve heard that, is it?
Elsewhere in the Times interview quoted above, she claims that her election as the first woman Speaker “didn’t get that much play” in the media at the time because, unlike Boehner, she didn’t get the covers of Time and Newsweek. Four years later, after everything that’s happened and the endless gassy encomiums about her “effectiveness” from establishment media, she’s still keeping a mental scorecard of feminist grievances. We’re going to miss you, Queeg. Exit question: Isn’t Pelosi swiping at Boehner really just the House equivalent of that famous “Godfather” scene?