Reading Dana Milbank's blog entry on the Washington Post web site, about Nancy Pelosi:
her spirits soured instantly when somebody asked about the anger of the Democratic "base" over her failure to end the war in Iraq.
"Look," she said, the chicken breast on her plate untouched. "I had, for five months, people sitting outside my home, going into my garden in San Francisco, angering neighbors, hanging their clothes from trees, building all kinds of things -- Buddhas? I don't know what they were -- couches, sofas, chairs, permanent living facilities on my front sidewalk."
Unsmilingly, she continued: "If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have 'Impeach Bush' across their chest, it's the First Amendment."
Since Pelosi is too busy playing the part of a spoiled, overgrown child to stop and think, it's up to we adults to set her straight on a few things.
1.) Remember, Nancy, you wanted to be Speaker of the House. Just because you don't want any of the duties and responsibility that go with the job doesn't mean you are free to ignore them. Believe it or not, the position is more than just your way of making your mark on history as the first female to hold it. That means when your constituents tell you what they want you to do, you do it. Your wishes, and your concerns, are irrelevant.
2.) Remember that your constituents are your employers. You will treat them with the respect they earned by electing you to public office and keeping you there. Remember also that, depending on the quality of your job performance -- or, in your case, the lack thereof -- they can and will terminate your employment. Don't think you can use the same excuse you exploited for years, namely that you couldn't do squat as long as the GOP held the reigns of power, to get you off the hook in next year's primary. You've been the top dog in charge for the better part of a year now, and you have no such excuse this time.
3.) Patronizing comment like the following:
"We have to make responsible decisions in the Congress that are not driven by the dissatisfaction of anybody who wants the war to end tomorrow," Pelosi told the gathering at the Sofitel, arranged by the Christian Science Monitor. Though crediting activists for their "passion," Pelosi called it "a waste of time" for them to target Democrats. "They are advocates," she said. "We are leaders."
Do not endear you to your employers, who know far more about this subject than you do. Again, these are the people who elected you to office, and whose taxes pay your salary. They are smart enough to make their own judgments about issues ranging from health care to the Iraq war to impeachment of Bush and Cheney. You are not smarter, or shrewder, than those whose votes you rely on to keep you sitting high on the hog. In fact, you're an idiot if you think so.
4.) This was a real gem, from the Milbank piece.
"What do you see as your greatest mistake?" asked one reporter.
Pelosi smiled. "Why don't you tell me?" she proposed. She smiled again, then laughed. " 'Cause I think we're doing just great." She laughed again.
Okay, I will. Letting funding for the Iraq war pass with nary a token restraint on the shrub; passing a bill that lets the shrub violate the Constitution by spying on American citizens without a warrant or any form of court oversight; letting a bill condemning a newspaper advertisement be brought up for debate and passage, when far more important legislation awaits consideration; abusing your authority to have members of the public arrested for daring to express their disgust with you in keeping with their Constitutional rights as Americans and as your employers; passing a gutted version of the SCHIP bill, when you should have refused to back down; removing and keeping impeachment off the table; refusing to enforce Congressional subpoenas issues in the House of Representatives. Need I go on, or have I named enough mistakes? And those were just off the top of my head.
You know what, little girl? You've gotten away with pulling a lot of crap in your time, but you keep doing what you do best and see how numbered your days in public office are. Don't think you can keep that seat you occupy by following Joe LIEberman's example. If Cindy Sheehan, God bless her soul, doesn't whup your scrawny chicken ass in next year's primary someone else will. You will not make it past the general election next November. Guaranteed. You have lied, manipulated, abused power, and treated your betters (those you're supposed to be serving) as though they and not you are the petulant, recalcitrant child who needs to be spoken to with condescension. We are done with you, but you're too self-absorbed to notice. Well, don't go whining next Spring when the voters of your district give you the proverbial boot.