Suddenly Nancy Pelosi is Getting Some Respect Again
She had a good time on Friday laughing at the rookies-Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. Remember, Ryan himself has passed three bills in 18 years and not big bills at that. As Krugman always says, Ryan the policy wonk is a Beltway myth.
Now Nancy’s stock is rising because it’s now clear in retrospect being House Speaker isn’t easy-she just made it look easy in 2009-2010 when she and Obama passed all that historic progressive legislation.
It’s the darndest thing: suddenly the GOP wants to talk about the Democrats again.
Like here is NY Trump arch loyalist, Peter King, saying the Democrats need to help him and Trump in the future.
“Rep. Pete King: Trump Needs Dems Against Freedom Caucus.”
“[The Freedom Caucus] was insisting on virtually a total repeal of Obamacare, which sounds good,” King said, adding the tentacles of Obamacare are just too deep rooted to be pulled out the way the conservative caucus would like.”
“You can’t end that overnight.”
“King suggested the next move for the White House is to work with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on getting bipartisan support for another piece of major legislation to get this Congress’ wheels greased, because “we can’t get it done by ourselves.”
Parenthetically, as I’ve discussed recently, I’m strongly considering a run against King for the 2nd District next year. I did meet with Duwayne Gregory on Saturday and we talked about my poll and he related some of his experiences running against King in 2016.
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That the GOP can’t get it done by themselves with a 44 seat majority is rather embarrassing. Here’s the problem: if you want Democratic buy-in you have to offer them something. That’s how negotiating works: you get something from the Democrats in exchange for the Democrats getting something from you.
But the GOP has never been wiling to negotiate in such good faith with the Dems and I don’t expect it to start now. If you do, I have a Trump U membership I’d like to sell you.
Trump has not a single Democrat in the WH. So, yes, Nancy Pelosi is looking a little better now. She only made it look easy in 2009-2010:
“Trump’s Obamacare stumble empowers Pelosi.”
“Nancy Pelosi is suddenly relevant again.”
“The implosion of the all-Republican effort to lay waste to Obamacare showed that President Donald Trump might need the San Francisco Democrat to salvage the rest of his agenda. The self-professed master negotiator couldn’t get it done with his own party, despite a 44-seat House majority, and hinted afterward he might start to look across the aisle.”
“Ironically, the president who ran as the great deal-maker couldn’t even make a deal with the people on his own team. It’s our leader who continues to unify us,” Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a close Pelosi ally, told POLITICO. “Republicans should take a lesson from that.”
“Republicans have turned to Pelosi for years to deliver Democratic votes on must-pass legislation to keep the government open and raise the debt ceiling. But with Trump in the White House and the GOP in control of Congress, dismantling Obamacare was supposed to be the first example that Pelosi’s help was no longer needed, much less wanted.”
“Instead, House Republicans’ crash-and-burn pointed to the opposite. The leader of the seemingly powerless House minority might actually have some juice. And the unexpected dynamic is already showing signs of uniting of her own caucus, which has been struggling to come together after Democrats’ crushing election losses.”
“In November, Pelosi (D-Calif.) beat back the first real leadership challenge of her long career, fueled by charges that Democrats needed fresh ideas to compete for Trump voters. But there she was on Friday, literally jumping for joy on the Capitol lawn after the GOP’s face-plant on Obamacare, her signature achievement in Congress.”
“The next big showdown in Congress comes at the end of April, when government funding runs out. Pelosi has already made clear her caucus won’t support any spending bill that provides money for Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.”
“Since the Republican Conference’s divisions aren’t likely to heal soon — Trump was tweeting barbs at the Freedom Caucus over the weekend — GOP leaders may have to heed Pelosi’s warning early on if they want to avoid a government shutdown.”
“But beyond just keeping the government running, Trump could be forced to seek out Pelosi on everything from tax reform to raising the debt ceiling to a $1 trillion infrastructure package he’s touted.”
Again, it all comes down to real negotiations not ‘take it or leave it.’ If you need the Democrats to get anything done, you have to give them something they really want. It might be for Trump’s own survival he ought to do that. Basically be wiling to kick his own party in the nuts.
But I don’t see that happening. This is the same guy with no Dems in the WH.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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