Let’s take a moment to admire America’s champion, Nancy Pelosi.

By |2019-01-25T18:14:10-08:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |13 Comments

Are there any Nancy Pelosi action figures? 

Because I think there really needs to be some Nancy Pelosi action figures.

Courtesy of Vox:

Pelosi’s success turned on a few key factors. The first is the legislative and coalitional skill that even her skeptics always admitted she possessed. Pelosi held her caucus together easily and calmly, creating a united front that offered Trump few avenues of egress. When the president tried to invite moderate Democrats to negotiate without Pelosi present, they simply stood him up. With her caucus firm, she was able to pick a position and hold to it.

“We’re grateful to Democrats on both sides of the Capitol for their unity. That was very, very important in these discussions,” Pelosi noted in her victory lap press conference Friday afternoon.

Second, Pelosi correctly read Trump’s personality and had the steel to act on that read. For years now, members of Congress have divided on whether Trump is strong or weak, whether his political success shows an intuitive tactical genius that needs to be respected or a hollow showman who connects to conservatives but is easily flummoxed.

Pelosi has long held that Trump is weak, easily confused, and easily baited. That informed her strategy. Along with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, she baited Trump into saying, while the cameras were rolling, “I will shut down the government. I am proud to shut down the government. I will take the mantle.” And in interviews and meetings, she continually tweaked the president, calling the crisis the “the Trump shutdown” to Trump’s face and suggesting he thought furloughed workers “could just ask their father for more money.”

She was betting that Trump would overreact rather than turn her into the aggressor, and he did. Pelosi also drew a hard line on the wall, and then made an even higher-risk gamble in postponing the State of the Union, betting all the while that Trump would blink. Again, she was right.

Third, Pelosi had the crucial assistance of Trump himself. He forced a shutdown his own party tried to avoid, he publicly took ownership of that shutdown, and he held to a position that was unpopular at the start and grew more toxic by the day. The core structure of this conflict was always that the public didn’t want a government shutdown, Democrats didn’t want a government shutdown, and Trump was forcing a government shutdown. Pelosi would’ve had to make some terrible tactical errors to lose from a position that strong, and she didn’t.

Now, just days after agreeing to postpone the State of the Union at Pelosi’s insistence, Trump has agreed to reopen the government without any funding for his wall. Pelosi has proved what many didn’t believe about Trump: that he is subject to the normal laws of political gravity, and that for all his bluster, he is no more capable of sustaining an unsustainable position than any other politician.

It is also important to note that when Pelosi took her so-called “victory lap” today she did NOT shame Donald Trump or rub his face in his very public defeat.

Others are more than happy to do that.

Instead, she was the epitome of grace and used the opportunity as a teachable moment to instruct the toddler in the White House as to what it looks like to act presidential. 

Not that the actual president seems to have learned anything by her example.

Seriously dude? You lost, deal with it. 

But if Pelosi wanted to gloat publicly it would be hard to blame her. 

After all, this woman had to sit back for the last eight years as the Republicans did everything they could to undermine and sabotage the Affordable Care Act that she and Obama worked so hard to pass, had to listen to innumerable political advertisements targeting her as the conservative’s favorite boogeyman, had young wet behind the ears upstarts challenging her for the gavel after the Democrats recently took back the Senate, and then faced off against the biggest misogynist on the planet, and won. 

If it were me you would not be able to pry the smile off of my face. 

Nancy Pelosi did not just win a victory against Donald Trump, she has set a new precedent, and after this, you will see a large number of both Democrats and Republicans telling Trump to fuck off essentially right to his face. 

No matter how big you think this is, trust me, it’s bigger. 

Update: According to the Washington Post Trump was convinced that Pelosi would be the one to cave:

Trump repeatedly predicted to advisers that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would cave and surmised that she had a problem with the more liberal members of her caucus. But she held firm, and her members stayed united.

“Why are they always so loyal?” Trump asked in one staff meeting, complaining that Democrats so often stick together while Republicans sometimes break apart, according to attendees.

Seriously has Donald Trump never heard of Nancy Pelosi before? 

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13 Comments

  1. Old Redneck January 25, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Little known fact: Speaker Pelosi has a tattoo. Here’s a photo of it.

    http://i.imgur.com/9V3TW.jpg

    • Jo January 25, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      That is awesome!

  2. Anonymous January 25, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    After Palin’s WTF post, I’d bet the farm that it’s jealously of a woman that get things done. Equal kudos to Schumer, they knew what they were doing, and a complacent Congress that realized if they didn’t do something NOW, their asses are on the line coming elections. That’s what you call a leader, I don’t care if you love ’em or hate ’em.

    Face it, when the major airports are shut down east coast because of ATCs walkout, NO one leaves, not even the rich in their private jets. THAT was the problem. Think the “little people” can’t speak? Funny how that wall needed to be funded “now,” yet another three weeks is okay with the dim orange bulb. Dance puppet donnie dumbass, dance.

  3. Anonymous January 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    A septuagenarian woman with power and smarts – gotta love it!

  4. nanna January 26, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I call her Nancy.

    • WA Skeptic January 26, 2019 at 6:31 am

      That’s “Madam Speaker”, to be exact.

  5. Beaglemom January 26, 2019 at 3:00 am

    Obviously Don the Con has forgotten that there would not have been a government shutdown affecting 800,000 families directly if he had signed the funding bill, passed by both houses, in the first place. It was ALL his doing. I’m only hoping that the GOP in Congress has finally understood that shutting down the federal government for whatever lame excuse they come up with is wrong — politically, economically, and morally. It’s just wrong. Those leading the country in Washington are there to lead, not to have political temper tantrums that hurt everyone but themselves.

    This whole “shutdown” phenomenon is a GOP tactic, meant to signal how they “hate” the federal government, that first emerged with Ronald Reagan. I wondered in 1979-1980 why, if he hated the federal government so much, he suddenly wanted to be in charge of it. I can wonder the same about all those GOP members of Congress who, through the years since then, have relied on shutting down the government every time they feel thwarted. Why do they ever run for office if they do not want to work towards a better future?

    • Anonymous January 28, 2019 at 9:01 pm

      You know why he didn’t sign the original bill, right? Ann Coulter made fun of him. It hurt his wittle fee fees. So he had to pretend to man up and so he threw his tantrum and shut down the government. Something he’s been itching to do since he took office, just looking for an excuse. Such a sorry excuse for a POTUS.

  6. Anonymous January 26, 2019 at 4:44 am

    Pelosi will own Trump again in three weeks when she offers Donny Hamberder a Happy Meal containing a McDonalds Platinum Eat Till Your Arteries Clog Card in exchange for his fucking wall.

  7. Marthe January 26, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Finally, Trump’s armor has been pierced and the “hollow showman” has been exposed for what he truly is, hollow. The self-appointed king of the deal has had to fold to a smart woman twice in the same week, first on the State of the Union, then on the shutdown.

    Kudos to Nancy Pelosi who saw through Trump’s empty suit and had the courage to stand up to him. The myth of Trump the deal maker has been shattered and things will never be the same for him. Now, everyone knows that Trump will eventually fold when he sees that his bluster and bullying tactics won’t work.

    Next on the agenda for Nancy Pelosi, hold firm on the border wall. If you give him even one dollar as a downpayment to expand his version of the border wall, you’re committed to give him the rest in subsequent budgets. Whatever money you give him has to go to some form of border security that the Democrats can support.

    If Trump has to declare a national emergency (which everyone knows it’s not) to fund his wall, let him. He will not go very far with this and he will have to abandon the idea of the wall way before it’s completed. Best of all, the unfinished wall will be a reminder of the folly of his presidency and of the GOP’s part in this debacle.

  8. Anonymous January 26, 2019 at 7:04 am

    Trump really doesn’t understand why he can’t inspire loyalty?! He is the most disloyal ass on the planet. You have to give loyalty to get it.

  9. hhh January 26, 2019 at 8:45 am

    good. I can’t stand to see good people in the legal system when they’re moral and the opposite of criminals. Glad 1 year in halfway turned into 1 month. That CC place has bad reviews and hurts more than helps, though that’s most. It was not long ago when Bristol heavily relied on the men in her immed family to be the biggest male role models for her son when no one else was suitable.

  10. mag January 26, 2019 at 8:50 am

    atta girl NANCY!!!!

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