Pelosi is the only leader doing her job and doing it well.

https://pilotonline.com/opinion/letters/article_5261f352-15ec-11e9-b017-ff68f9dd28aa.html

The LTE laments that Trump, Schumer and Pelosi are not up to their leadership responsibilities.

Pelosi has gotten bills ready to pass on to the Senate for a myriad of issues including voting rights, gerrymandering, stabilizing ACA and the like. She has also sent the bill for opening the government. She has managed to secure the Speaker of the House despite a lot of rumbling from the freshman and fringe representatives.

Schumer is doing what he can as Minority Leader, which in the Senate is kind of limited.

Trump and McConnell, however, have abrogated their responsibilities in the name of securing a core of voters that represent at best about 20% of the population. McConnell is particularly deplorable since he has the power to open the government by passing the bill to do so thus forcing a veto if such be the case. We have not even seen his face since the first of the year.

The Oval Office and the Senate are where the leadership vacuum lies.

Pure and simple.

18 thoughts on “Pelosi is the only leader doing her job and doing it well.

  1. Passing bills that she knows have no chance of passing the Senate is not leadership, it is virtue signalling.

    All she is really doing is fattening up the crow she is going to eventually have to eat.

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    1. The bill in question passed the Senate on a unanimous voice vote. Your dig about virtue signalling is way off the mark. And what is “virtue signalling” anyway. Passing things that the people want?

      Everything was set until Trump tuned in Rush Limbaugh to get new marching orders.

      Your inability to acknowledge the obvious talent and effectiveness of Ms. Pelosi is very typical of your basic Trump enthusiast.

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    2. As for the “crow” she will have to eat you are engaging in wishful thinking. The shutdown is the “Trump shutdown” and eventually he is going to find that a very, very broad definition of the word “wall” works for him.

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  2. Passing the Senate or passing McConnell?

    There are enough votes in the Senate to open the government.

    Besides, bills are always reconciled whether Congress is divided or not.

    But McConnell is afraid and is stalling shamelessly. Kind of like he did when he kept a vacancy on the Supreme Court for 14 months for spite.

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  3. What difference does it make?

    The wall negotiation is what it is, good leaders or bad: So what?

    Each of us is our own leader in the matter.

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    1. I don’t know if you read the letter I linked to, but that is what I was commenting on. McConnell asking Trump for permission to call a vote in the Senate is a violation of the Constitution.

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      1. RE: “I don’t know if you read the letter I linked to, but that is what I was commenting on.”

        I read the letter and commented on it at The Pilot.

        RE: “McConnell asking Trump for permission to call a vote in the Senate is a violation of the Constitution.”

        I don’t see how. Is the Speaker of the Senate not allowed to coordinate with the president?

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        1. I suppose the Majority Leader in the Senate can do whatever the heck he wants. But to me, that violates the balance of power among the 3 branches.

          But, again, we are talking about a weasel like McConnell whose priorities are based solely on his re-election.

          “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

          Really? Is that a statement from a man who cares for his country? 4 years of accomplishing nothing during a recession to make a political win.

          OK, so he follows this up with this other telling quote:

          ” It is possible the president’s advisers will tell him he has to do something to get right with the public on his levels of spending and [on] lowering the national debt. If he were to heed that advice, he would, I imagine, find more support among our conference than he would among some in the Senate in his own party.”

          Interview: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/when-did-mcconnell-say-he-wanted-to-make-obama-a-one-term-president/2012/09/24/79fd5cd8-0696-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html?utm_term=.aac13c16e501

          And he and his cronies come up with a tax bill that is helping to skyrocket our debt beyond anything Obama may have done during a recession.

          And now he won’t even show his face in this government shut down which is damaging our nation and screwing with a couple of million people’s livelihoods.

          An alien from Mars would wonder why conservatives are trying to destroy our nation…and the planet for that matter. (But the last part is another subject entirely.)

          IMHO of course.

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          1. RE: “But, again, we are talking about a weasel like McConnell whose priorities are based solely on his re-election.”

            A weasel?

            What difference does any of that make?

            I’m happy to acknowledge that Nancy Pelosi is a terrific leader. In my view she is a terrific leader who also happens to be an anti-American moron. But even so, none of that has any bearing on an assessment of the border wall issue or on choosing an outcome to support.

            Why waste time and attention on picking the winner of a made-up beauty contest when the issue at hand is something entirely different, and doesn’t care?

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  4. There is no “wall negotiation” now going on. There was one a few weeks back and a deal was struck. The legislation reflecting that deal passed the Senate on a unanimous voice vote. Then, as he has made a career of doing, Trump reneged on the deal. So, why would anyone negotiate with a jackass who will not stick to his promises?

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      1. Of course there is?

        Actually, there is not. Both sides are waiting for the other to blink. The fact that Trump is a proven weakling, the fact that he is getting the lion’s share of the blame for the “Trump shutdown” and the fact that many elements of his party are sick of all the “winning” they have had to endure for this petulant man-child, it will not be Pelosi who blinks. IMHO.

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  5. Of course there is?

    Actually, there is not. Both sides are waiting for the other to blink. The fact that Trump is a proven weakling, the fact that he is getting the lion’s share of the blame for the “Trump shutdown” and the fact that many elements of his party are sick of all the “winning” they have had to endure for this petulant man-child, it will not be Pelosi who blinks. IMHO.

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    1. I don’t think any of the Democratic leadership went. I was primarily a retreat held by the Hispanic Caucus and a fund raiser via Hamilton tickets.

      I believe the leadership already went to Trump and he stormed out a few days ago.

      Maybe that is an “Art of the Deal” technique.

      $25 Billion and DACA? No deal.

      $5 Billion and DACA? No deal

      $2.5 Billion offered by Pence? Reneged

      Where is the negotiation in all that?

      Waiting on McConnell to do his job.

      Might as well wait for Godot.

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      1. RE: “Where is the negotiation in all that?”

        Depends on what the objectives are. I can think of many the current impasse might serve.

        One, at a very high level is this: By flexing their Constitutional muscles, the White House and the Senate actually strengthen Constitutional government. This could pay dividends over the next two years if the House focuses on its job more and on the fantasies of some of its members and constituents less.

        I can’t read anyone’s mind and don’t care to waste time on trying, but objectively one can imagine various games that may be in play here.

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