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.
I wish people would read or listen to my words on the Border Wall. This was in no way a concession. It was taking care of millions of people who were getting badly hurt by the Shutdown with the understanding that in 21 days, if no deal is done, it’s off to the races!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2019
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?