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  •  Nancy Pelosi is incompetent (2+ / 0-)
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    This is not the best madame Speaker can do. She has the power to squash any legislation that snakes its way through a committee. There are any number of procedural tools at her discretion, she does not use them, just as she does not discipline her caucus. Let's make it clear, Nancy Pelosi could turn any Democrat, including many of the Blue Dogs, into a victim. She made a big stink after the bankruptcy bill passed about hanging the Democrats who voted for it out to dry, rumors of some committee assignments to be taken away, nothing ever happened, it was for public consumption. The cardinal rule of House leadership, you never let the other guys agenda get a fair hearing, let alone make it to the floor for a vote.

    She is the worst Speaker in modern history. Newt Gingrich, with a smaller majority than Pelosi enjoys today, managed to get a capital gains tax cut, welfare "reform", Telecom Act, energy deregulation, a public securities tort "reform", and a repeal of the landmark Glass-Steagall act passed with a president of the opposite party sitting in the White House. She can't even prevent Republican bills from passing, let alone get any progressive legislation enacted. Pelosi is judged relative to her predecessors. Jim Wright managed to get every appropriation bill under his leadership passed, and sent to the White House ahead of schedule, and passed them on party line votes with no compromises with the GOP/Boll Weevil faction. He managed to get expansive new clean air and highway bills passed over Reagan's vetoes, and he determined the exact parameters of Reagan's last budget. So don't tell us that Pelosi is doing the best she can. That is untrue. She's a fool and takes everyone else as one too.

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