Speaker Pelosi has uttered some odd statements during her reign - "we have to pass the bill so you can see what's in it" - but a recent quote ranks right up there in a timely fashion.
Monday, Speaker of the House Pelosi said,"we haven't really gotten the credit for what we have done." Not true, Madame Speaker. You are getting all kinds of credit for your grand experiment in leading the House of Representatives. The report card is being filled out as this is written. Voters are going to the polls and voting for a Republican majority to be sworn in come January 2011. There's the credit, speaking loud and clear.
Democrats are running away from Pelosi and Democratic leadership as they panic over their own re-election prospects. It has been reported that Pelosi gave her blessing to candidates in tough re-election bids (most of them, this year) to feign disapproval of her and Team Pelosi. Hence, some bizarre quotes are coming out of campaign stump speeches and interviews.
For instance, Rep Gene Taylor, D-MS, confessed in a newspaper interview that he voted not for Barack Obama in the 2008 Presidential contest, he voted for John McCain. True? Perhaps so. But to wait until the week before the November mid-term election when he is not in the best of shape in the polls is suspect, at minimum.
This phenomenon reached new heights over the weekend, with Mississippi Democrat Gene Taylor telling a local newspaper, the Sun-Herald, that he voted for John McCain in 2008. Mr. Taylor had heretofore kept that vote a secret, and perhaps it's only a coincidence that he rolled it out amid the re-election fight of his career. The 11-term Member added that he won't support Mrs. Pelosi for Speaker, another revelation considering his vote for her in 2009. "I'm very disappointed in how she's veered to the left," Mr. Taylor said, as if Mrs. Pelosi's ideological predispositions were ever hidden.
He is surprised about Pelosi's ideology? He is surprised how liberal she is and her aggressive method of pushing her agenda? Really? Taylor has been in the House of Representatives for 22 years. Many were spent with Pelosi as a fellow member of the House. He voted for Pelosi as Speaker of the House. Now he has buyer's regret?
It is almost amusing as the numbers grow of Democrats pledging to not vote for Pelosi as Speaker of the House, should Democrats remain in control. Or of Democrats claiming they had no idea of what was really in the health care reform bill. Or what a mistake it was to vote yes on the stimulus package. What a bunch of phony cowards. If an elected official is voting blindly on legislation to remain in favor of party leadership or to receive earmarks for the folks back home, then take responsibility for the corruption of that action. How about actually reading the bills before you vote? At that point, the Congress person is not representing the people who elected him or her. He or she is running for re-election.
Thus, Democrats and incumbents in general are in big trouble this election year. Democrats have been in control of Congress since 2007. To turn around and complain that Republicans have been the main culprits in the economic troubles today is dishonest. The American public has awoken and is mad as hell about the direction our country is taking.
No able to run on the record of legislation passed on their watch since Team Obama came into power, now we hear denial of awareness. Who knew things would be so bad after all the money spent? Well, some of us knew, we just weren't being listened to.
Speaker Pelosi has shepherded in a $5 trillion dollar deficit on her watch. This is the same woman who made a great show of saying no more deficit spending when she took over in 2007. Those little grandchildren sitting on her lap as she enjoyed her victory as the first female Speaker of the House are the ones that will foot Grandma Nancy's bills.