27 posts categorized "NANCY PELOSI"
Harry Reid's been the least effective among President Obama and Speaker Pelosi, yet I'd be pretty sickened if he were to lose his Senate seat to the likes of Sharron Angle, who thinks the color black is "of the devil."
One thing that I think will help him is if he does bring DADT (within the defense-spending bill) up for a vote next week, as I'm hearing he intends to do. Plus he can finally return Lt. Dan Choi's ring.
Defeating DADT would jazz the Democratic base at a time when the base needs jazzing. Polls are beginning to reflect that the Dems may have bottomed out and be on an upswing as we head toward November. How much of an upswing? I'm not looking for miracles, but there's a big difference between losing the House and barely keeping it, and if the latter is our fate, I'll take it.
This has been reported as if Nancy Pelosi vowed or promised that Don't Ask, Don't Tell would be history by Christmas, but what she really says is:
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell—I feel quite certain—will be a memory come Christmas."
Either way, she's an amazing woman and a very smart and skillful politician. In the same forum (for Harvey Milk Day), she explains why she's for marriage equality—and why all Americans should be—and points out that ENDA has been a bill for 16 years and is long overdue for passage.
Howard Dean made a surprise visit to GetEQUAL's latest shout-OUT against DADT in front of the White House. Along with Nancy Pelosi's aggressive demand that the military institute a moratorium on DADT expulsions, it feels like momentum, with or without the White House.
President Obama visited the oil disaster today, which I certainly don't begrudge him. I do wish he'd never caved to "drill, baby, drill!" in the first place—his hands would be much cleaner than they already are on that issue. But it's fucking annoying that righties want the BP disaster to be his Katrina. Big disaster, yes. An entire city destroyed with dead bodies left unattended while Bush ignored it? Not comparable.
The mother of Gregory Lee Giusti—the lunatic charged with threatening Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi over health care—gets it right, identifying FOX News and other "radical" influences when asked why her son might have behaved in this way. The channel is doing everything it can, in a concerted way, to foment lethal hatred of Democrats and to spur on a second Civil War. It astonishes me that anyone can't see it for what it is, a sort of corporate-funded fledgling terrorism network. Because when people start getting assassinated, who's to say FOX won't just have unapologetically ahave shows about how they brought it on themselves?
Happy 70th birthday to Speaker of the House Pelosi, who probably did more to make the passage of health-insurance reform a reality than any of the other major players. Pic from here.
Now...about Don't Ask, Don't Tell...
Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Michigan) got his executive order from the prez reaffirming what did not need to be reaffirmed, that the government won't pay for abortions—ever. In the end, he caved...just like a Democrat! (Ouch, self-wounding.) Thank you for voting for HCR, Rep. Stupak, Now let's primary him (via Connie Saltonstall) out of existence. The fewer quasi-Democrats we have, the better.
I've certainly been disappointed with President Obama's approach to the health care battle, but give him this—Obama is going to win it, and he has shown remarkable stamina in so doing. I hope he's learned not to be so timid going forward—Don't Ask, Don't Tell might be a good tell as to whether or not that is the case. (Winning becomes him—his Gallup daily approval rating shot up three points today to 50%.)
Speaking of Democrats, there is no braver Democrat that Speaker of the House Pelosi. Having been around for the Milk/Moscone assassinations, she certainly hasn't shied away from public life. When she says "we don't have the votes," that's all it means—it never means "I'm too scared to try." And when she says "we have the votes," get out of the way, motherfuckers. P.S. She's going to use a gigantic gavel when the HCR vote occurs today, the same gavel used by the father of Rep. John Dingell (D-Michigan) to gavel in Medicare.
Free speech or death threats?You remember Medicare, right, Teabaggers? It's that government program you're only too happy to use for what ails you in-between disrupting Congress, hurling slurs and making death threats over a bill meant to save lives.
Some of the best moments from today's Health Care Summit belonged to Nancy Pelosi. It's incomprehensible how anyone would prefer Boehner to her, but people aren't always thinking straight when they're out of a job or when they were born without a brain.