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  • Seeing the World Through Nancy Pelosi's Eyes

    After last week’s disastrous health care summit for the President and his supporters, the left has been scrambling to save face and sell the public not on their plan, but on using the reconciliation process to jam it past the American people. They’ve simply given up on earning any form of widespread public support for the plan, which America has loudly rejected. In fact, the only bipartisan effort in Washington these days is against the Obama-Reid-Pelosi health care agenda. Large numbers of Democrats have joined Republicans doing everything they can to stop Obamacare in its tracks.  Of course, this bipartisanship is strangely labeled obstructionism in today’s media environment.

    So now, we have the last respite of the left, forcing their members to either take votes that could end their political careers or bypassing them altogether by only requiring 50 senators and the vice president to pass a bill. Judging from the weekend’s news, the leader of this back door movement is Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). The Speaker took to the airwaves to vigorously defend the Democrat plan to pass their health care spending bill, regardless of the lack of Democrat support. Here are a few gems from the weekend:

    Speaker Pelosi told CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union: “No, I don’t think…there isn’t a bill. When we have a bill, which we will in a matter of days, then that is the bill that we can sell.” The fact that there isn’t a bill must come as a surprise to the House members who narrowly passed their plan in the middle of the night on November 8, 2009. At the time, Pelosi said: “Oh what a night.”

    It must also come as a surprise to the U.S. Senators who narrowly passed their version just after dawn on Christmas Eve. And it must also come as a surprise to President Obama who last week released an outline of proposed changes to the Senate bill which everyone in Washington presumes is the baseline for the continued debate.  In fact, there are currently two bills being considered by the Speaker, the Senate bill which needs a vote in the House and the reconciliation amendment which yes, hasn’t been drafted yet.

    Speaker Pelosi would like to presume the American people have missed the last year of debate and are unfamiliar with their plans. However, the American public are very well informed of the Democrat plan, and as Candy Crowley rightly pointed out: “We looked at our polling numbers, just from yesterday, we had almost three-quarters of Americans who said they need to drop this bill…”

    Also on State of the Union, Speaker Pelosi said: “A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes.” Simply saying as your bill represents the views of your opponents, despite them arguing otherwise, does not make a bill bipartisan. This rose colored view of consensus ignores the opposition to this bill from Democrats themselves. To avoid reconciliation in the Senate, Democrats would only need to convince one single Republican to vote with their caucus. Unfortunately, they don’t even have the full support of their own caucus to reach 59 votes. Reconciliation — using 50 Senators and Vice President Biden to use a budget procedure to pass the bill — would disenfranchise Democrats in the Senate as well as Republicans.

    Knowing well that American families at Tea Parties across America have articulated the growing consensus against Obamacare better than anyone, Speaker Pelosi said: “We share some of the views of the tea partiers in terms of the role of special interest in Washington, D.C.” Oh, how far we’ve come. It was only last year that she accused this grassroots groundswell of being an “AstroTurf,” or fraudulent movement. She said: “They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town hall meeting on health care.”

    Finally, we have recognition by the Speaker that the vote will be one that could be politically costly for Democrats. Pelosi told Elizabeth Vargas on ABC’s This Week: “We’re not here just to self perpetuate our service in Congress.” Of course, nothing is more costly than the number of sweetheart deals the Speaker will need to create to buy support, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) previously did in his chamber.

    Speaker Pelosi is clearly optimistic that with the right amount of arm-twisting and legislative trickery, the left can salvage their health care agenda. She should transfer that optimism to her view of the American people. They’ve read her plan. They understand her plan. And they may forgive her if she tables it and starts over as three quarters of Americans are demanding.

    You can follow Rory Cooper on Twitter @rorycooper

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    29 Responses to Seeing the World Through Nancy Pelosi's Eyes

    1. GK, Rincon, Ga says:

      Seriously, who VOTES for this idiot?

    2. Space, Bisbee, Az says:

      The Botox Queen has spoken again, from a botox driven brain.

    3. Harry, Illinois says:

      Speaker Pelosi,

      READ OUR LIPS. NO GOVERNMENT RUN HEALTH CARE AS IT IS CURRENTLY BEING PROPOSED. Free up competition and allow States to develope their own plans to meet their demographics.

    4. Ian, Illinois says:

      It's pure tyranny. To force down our throats something most CLEARLY do not want is akin to a dictatorship. Just because you SAY that "Americans want this" does not make it so.

    5. Elsie Hutton - San M says:

      I received this UTube video today and it has upset me greatly. It gives chapter & verse the detail/page # in the ObamaCare Health Plan – the details that have been kept secret and the public does not know. No media is reporting on this, they only give generalities and talking points. It is:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?

    6. Elsie Hutton - San M says:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?
      I received this UTube video today. It details each issue by page # on the Obama Care Health Care as proposed. Would you please review it and help bring it to the attention of the public, hopefully the media will pick it up. Thank you.

      Elsie Hutton

    7. streetpreacher says:

      Are Nancys' teeth real or are they dentures? A DOG DOESNT BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS IT! Signed a tax payer! FEED THE KITTY!

    8. John McNeil says:

      Why would anyone waste their time commenting on the rantings of a frankly psychotic person. She isn't oriented to person, place or time!

    9. Mato Wambliscrest says:

      What we need is Nancy Pelosi's demise in pollitics!

    10. Clipper Tefft, Dayto says:

      We talk about and debate what Congress appears to be doing with the Healthcare Bill. What can be done to impeach / recall / "throw out" the politicians who vote for legislation clearly against the will of the people?

    11. Joanne Van Antwerp M says:

      It is very frightening as well as sad to see a person (Pelosi) in such a prominent position so out of touch with the citizens of the United States, also so out of touch with the Constitution of the United States of America and what made our country the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, that so many have come to our country legally to enjoy. Hopefully our freedom, bravery, and love of the Good Ole U S OF A will be heard loud and clear by the politians in Washington and they will listen to the voice of the people, who do know, contrary to what Obama,Pelosi, and Reed believe, or should I say choose to ignore!

    12. charlene, Denver says:

      Nancy Pelosi & the Democrats are a joke. They claim to be the party of the people, except they don't listen to the people. they claim they want bi-partisan support yet they ignore it when they ( the Democrats) even allow the opposition to speak. They are single-minded and want one thing only at all costs-Pass their freedom-stifling bill and consequences be damned!! I say vote em all out and pass term limits now.

    13. Dan, Birmingham says:

      Nancy Pelosi is a pathetic career politician who has been, for some time now, been intoxicated by the bureaucratic power bestowed on her as Speaker. In her demented little mind she is above her responsibility on passing what's best for this country and its citizens. There are no swastikas or violence in the Tea-party demonstrations, just very concerned people that are intelligent enough to see through her party's lies! The hateful labels that the lap-dog media hacks assign to law abiding, tax-paying decent Americans don't change the fact that the progressives in Washington, D. C. are marginalizing the United States Constitution. Marxists change governments with revolution, but Progressives change things with incremental "evolution".

    14. Dan, Birmingham says:

      Nancy Pelosi is a misguided career politician who has been, for some time now, been intoxicated by the bureaucratic power bestowed on her as Speaker. In her mind she is above her responsibility on passing what's best for this country and its citizens. There are no swastikas or violence in the Tea-party demonstrations, just very concerned people that are intelligent enough to see through her party's lies! The hateful labels that the lap-dog media hacks assign to law abiding, tax-paying decent Americans don't change the fact that the progressives in Washington, D. C. are marginalizing the United States Constitution. Marxists change governments with revolution, but Progressives change things with incremental "evolution".

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    16. Chrisann, Heber Utah says:

      Nanci Pelosi doesn't care about the American people. Every time she stands up to speak it is reverberated from her own mouth. Why doesn't the democratic or republican party tell her to sit down and shut up. Obviously she thinks she is indestructible, but if they force this bill to pass, the American people will hang her out to dry and remove her from office. She really is as stupid as she looks.

    17. Timothy Gonsalves says:

      She and harry have to be from another planet.What part of no do they not understand.We do not want any change in health care that lets the govt run it. I am capable of making my views known I do not need you to make up my mind.

    18. Floyd Daniel Ludlow, says:

      I wish the Washington politicians would start to remember who they are representing and what we expect from them. Their job is not to make their fellow politicians look good or to support a bill because the owe someone a favor but rather to do what their constituantes expect them to do. Washington politicians do not own the country. They are only elected officials sent there to represent our expectations.

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    20. Mike Spokane, wa. says:

      Nancy you shouldn't laugh so hard your face it cracking pretty bad..

    21. Lioness, Wisconsin says:

      Allot of livid voters, ignored constituencies, and fed-up American citizens are about to explode watching these demagogues do what suits them without regard to their constitutional roles. Retire Pelosi and recall those in congress who refuse to represent their constituents. Start now; stop allowing them to thumb their noses at the American electorate.

    22. Tom Degan says:

      The problem with America can easily be boiled down to a single question:

      Would you like a nice, cold glass of donkey piss to go with that juicy plate of elephant shit you've ordered? Bon appetit!

      http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

      Tom Degan

      Goshen, NY

    23. Randall Yarmouth, ME says:

      If Obama signs this with the nuclear option, the citizens of this country should DEMAND IMPEACHMENT!! 75% DO NOT WANT GOVERNMENT RUNNING HEALTH CARE. We are sick & tired of all the lies, deceptions, deal making, and general BS that this "transparent" administration has subjected us to. Games over Comrade Obama!

    24. tp, denver says:

      WOW – Tom Degan offers such a constructive and well reasoned comment. I don't doubt he's a civics teacher and one of only 3 people further left than ole Nancy Pelosi.

    25. Harry, Illinois says:

      To the Heritage Foundation. I thought "Profanity", "Lewdness", and "Personal Attacks" were not allowed. Yet, the Goshen, N.Y. posting has managed to slip thru. How did this manage to happen???

      I find this a rather double standard.

    26. Cheryl Brown, Colora says:

      “We’re not here just to self perpetuate our service in Congress.”

      In other words, Pelosi is saying that the members of Congress are not there to represent their constituents, which are the people who keep them in office. She's telling them to IGNORE their constituents and give her their vote, even though it's political suicide. She is an insult to anyone with a fully functioning brain, and, IMO, a traitor who should be hung from the nearest tree.

    27. Bill MN says:

      we need more patriots like Jack Ruby

    28. Pat, Texas says:

      I read an article written by one who lived through the Austrian takeover by Hitler. The things happening are so similar to what is happening here. I don't think Mr. Obama is a "Hitler" but it seems that "world dictator" has crossed his mind as well as has Nancy and dirty Harry's. Hitler was also very popular and voted in by a landslide. He fed hungry people and created government jobs for everyone. Then he started eliminating those unable to work, plus others. To give any one person the kind of power that this health bill does to the Obama group really scares me.

    29. Kay, Billings, MT says:

      The level of delusion and arrogance this woman has is absolutely frightening. We don't have a bill? And she thinks that's placating? If that were true it's more frightening yet. We know it's not and it's mind-blowing that she thinks we buy that.

      She is a prime example of the Marie Antoinette Syndrome. Let the masses eat cake–the silly children.

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