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  •  Republicans should LOVE Nancy Pelosi, (6+ / 0-)

    and they should thank her every day of their miserable lives for teaming with the president to save their sorry asses.

    After eight years of the feckless rule of George the Lesser, with Iraq having been exposed as a tragic waste of lives and capital, rationalized with bogus yellow cake flavored intel, not to mention Abu Ghraib, pallets of missing millions and the no exit hell hole of Guantanamo, the Republicans were well and truly on the ropes.

    If EVER any president warranted impeachment hearings, GWB certainly did, and Ms. Pelosi took it "off the table" (no doubt at the insistence of our newly elected post-partisan president). The sorry excuse floated at the time was that impeachment of Bush would just look like payback for Clinton's impeachment. Bullshit. Stained blue dress vs. war crimes and destroying the nation's economy. This is, and was, the mother of all false equivalencies.

    Ms. Pelosi has accomplished a great deal, and I do value the many contributions she's made during her time in Congress, but her failure to demand accountability for the crimes of the Bush administration (especially given that the Dems held the majority in both houses and had the power to set the agenda) was, in my view, a gross dereliction. The Senate, obviously, would not have convicted, but the actions of Bush and his party deserved public exposure. That lack of exposure to the American public is a large part of how the Republicans were able to rehabilitate themselves during the next four years.

    Well, the Republicans are on the ropes again. (They just can't help themselves.) Let's hope our party leadership (including Obama) have learned a few lessons over the course of the president's first term.

    "And this is definitely no time to negotiate a “grand bargain” on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory." - Krugman

    by WisePiper on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 09:14:49 PM PST

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    •  Pelosi saw early that in the narrow context (2+ / 0-)
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      of a single four-year administration, it would be possible to accomplish either Obamacare, or impeachment hearings.

      It would be interesting to know her thoughts on putting the Bush criminals away now - though of course as we can see today, following Citizens United, these include scores of major American corporations.

      •  There's an argument to me made (4+ / 0-)
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        (and I subscribe to it) that putting the Republicans on defense from Day One would have made it easier to enact Democratic legislation like the ACA, since the Republicans would have been desperate to rehabilitate themselves in the eyes of a condemning public. (Witness their contortions right now to paint themselves as a party that doesn't hate women and minorities.)

        Instead, what the public heard from our president was that Republicans were men and women of good will who were working toward the same goals the rest of us were, and that the points of contention were merely about which party had the best ideas for getting us there.

        This framing was a huge and costly blunder, which contributed to the shellacking we took in 2010.

        "And this is definitely no time to negotiate a “grand bargain” on the budget that snatches defeat from the jaws of victory." - Krugman

        by WisePiper on Fri Nov 16, 2012 at 12:21:05 AM PST

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        •  Well I think Republican blindfold-wearing (0+ / 0-)

          and its sources only began to be news in the last month. Hard for them to be concerned with rehabilitation pre-2010 because the money supporting the criminality was miles deep. Look what it took on November 6 to make them merely begin to realize they weren't the well-clothed permanent emperors of benefits they considered they had purchased for cash on the barrelhead.

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