Nancy Pelosi: A Modern Day Cleopatra

Posted on November 4, 2009


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Nancy Pelosi has dawned a golden headdress, taken up the crook and flail, and become the Queen of “De-Nial” today when she announced that from her perspective, the Democrats won last night in the off term elections.

From The Hill blog:

“From my perspective, we won last night,” said Pelosi (D-Calif.), referring to the New York special election for the House seat previously held by Republican Rep. John McHugh. “We had one race were engaged in.”

Speaker Pelosi is just delusional here.  On the surface it may look like a win for her party, but in reality, it isn’t going to help much, if at all.

Owens, the Democrat who won in NY-23, was elected from a “red” (Republican) district.   And, by all descriptions, he is a “moderate” Democrat.  Since this was a special election with a term ending next year, Mr. Owens will almost have to immediately start campaigning for re-election.    If he wishes to stay in Washington past November 2010, he’s going to have to be very careful with his vote as his record will come under scrutiny during his re-election campaign.   Being a Democrat in a Republican district when Republican support for Speaker Pelosi’s health care reform bill is virtually non-existent, won’t make it easy for Owens to sign up to health care reform.  He will either vote “aye” and lose his newly found congressional seat or vote “nay” and suffer the wrath of the party.  Therefore, at best, Ms. Pelosi has gotten herself a new Blue Dog Democrat with which she has to contend.

This brings us to the current issue of the Blue Dog Democrats Speaker Pelosi is already trying to entice to vote for her health care reform.  How do you think these Dems are feeling today?  With Virginia being swept red last night and New Jersey, the bluest of blue states, electing a Republican governor, I’m guessing the Blue Dogs are even more distressed than before.  They just may be getting to the point that they are more afraid of their constituents instead of the party big wigs, and that is a good thing.

Speaker Pelosi can sail along De-Nile as long as she wishes, but it doesn’t change the facts that her job just got tougher.

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