How long can Nancy Pelosi keep holding out on a compromise COVID-19 relief bill? Her meltdown on CNN with Wolf Blitzer suggests she’s feeling the pressure from within her caucus now as well as outside of it. Rep. Ro Khanna had gone public to push Pelosi into accepting Steve Mnuchin’s latest $1.8 trillion offer, a plan that even some Senate Republicans appeared to oppose. One might think that even a middling tactician would see the value in calling a presidential bluff in that situation.
Instead, Pelosi insists on giving Republicans and Donald Trump the upper hand on this issue, even while it starts to emerge in polling. Trump is smart enough to double down on an advantage, even if he’s still bluffing:
Nancy Pelosi couldn’t care less about the American People or the great American Worker. She should approve needed STIMULUS now. Most other Dems agree. Republicans are ready to go, I am ready to sign!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 15, 2020