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November 07, 2010

Eugene Robinson Brings Teh Funny Yet Again

If these people weren't so willing to serially beclown themselves, my job would be a lot harder:

But amid the wreckage of Tuesday's GOP rampage, there's one person for whom I feel awful: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She's losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well.

Welcome to the wild and wacky world of the Reality Based Community where if what happens in the real world doesn't fit the narrative, you can simply redefine success!

Progressives are fond of saying that reality has a liberal bias. It would be far more accurate to say that their perception of reality has a profoundly liberal bias. Where else but in Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood would presiding over the biggest Congressional turnover in over 70 years be described as "having done your job too well"?

Come to think of it, wasn't it Nancy Pelosi who raised hyperpartisan obstructionism to an art form?

Like DeLay, who was also known for bruising rivalries within his party, Pelosi has embraced hard-knuckle partisanship, even if it means standing still. When Bush announced his Social Security plan last year, Pelosi told House Democrats they could never beat him in a straight-ahead, policy-against-policy debate because he had the megaphone of the presidency and was just coming off re-election. So the Democrats would thunderously attack Bush and argue there was no Social Security crisis and therefore no need for them to put out their own proposal. Some members were leery, concerned that Pelosi would make the Democrats look like the Party of No. As the spring of 2005 wore on, some pestered her every week, asking when they were going to release a rival plan. "Never. Is never good enough for you?" Pelosi defiantly said to one member.

Robinson has a strange definition of competence. It seems to embrace the very tactics he complains bitterly about when Republican lawmakers employ them:

In recent months, the Democrats have routinely accused the Republicans of being the party of 'No': of resisting legislation without offering viable alternatives. Nowhere was this clearer than over healthcare, when Republicans in both houses of Congress voted solidly against the reforms.

But it was the strategy Pelosi pursued when the Democrats found themselves in opposition.

When President George Bush proposed to reform social security, Pelosi pressed Democrats to avoid a public debate over the issue because it would be hard to win against the pulpit of the presidency. She offered no alternative plan and instead preferred to direct the party's energies in to unleashing a full frontal attack on Bush's motives. Social security reform failed.

... "Nancy Pelosi has become one of the most divisive politicians in the country. Look at her polls. She is widely disliked. People hate Congress and she's the face of it..."

Politics, to the Reality Based Community, means never having to live in the real world where actions have consequences and leaders are fired for poor performance. It's not that politicians like Pelosi and Obama haven't performed well.

We're just too ignorant and fearful to recognize brilliance when we see it.

Posted by Cassandra at November 7, 2010 10:22 AM

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Pelosi's misuse of power for a proven failed ideology is the dark side of leadership. Taking the lead on failed policies is moral equivalence and is wrong. No leader is Pelosi. More like an "Agent Provocateur" or the anti-leader.

Posted by: vet66 at November 7, 2010 11:15 AM

Eugene Robinson would have described Pearl Harbor as a successful right-sizing initiative by the US Navy.

Posted by: BillT at November 7, 2010 01:20 PM

"But amid the wreckage of Tuesday's GOP rampage, there's one person for whom I feel awful: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She's losing her job not because she does it poorly but because she does it so well."

I have only one thing to say in response to that quote:

(Know what I mean?)

Posted by: camojack at November 8, 2010 03:51 AM

And now, for your continued amusement, the beclownment continues.

Posted by: DL Sly at November 8, 2010 11:21 AM

You all just don't know what's best for you!

Posted by: airforcewife at November 8, 2010 09:01 PM

...we are counting on you to show the strength of your leadership in this dark hour. We ask that you step aside as leader of our party in the House.

Kinda like asking [insert name of latest Madonna wannabe] to show off her gaw-juss body by wearing a burkha.

Posted by: BillT at November 9, 2010 04:17 AM