The congressional race in Pennsylvania is seen to be a gauge on Donald Trump’s presidency, but could it also be a referendum on a notion that worries millions of Americans: the return of Nancy Pelosi as House speaker, a job that The Guardian suggests she should not get?
In a somewhat scathing analysis, writer Walter Shapiro puts forth the idea that it’s time for Democrats to ditch the aging elitist who launched a political foul ball by suggesting that the tax cuts and bonuses received by many middle class Americans due to a thriving Trump economy were “crumbs.” They might be to a wealthy California liberal, but blue collar citizens in fly-over America – the people who were once again attacked over the weekend by Hillary Rodham Clinton before an audience in India, as reported by Joe Newby – think otherwise.
Buried deep in Shapiro’s piece was a paragraph that might alarm those Middle Americans, and get them to the polls, not only in Pennsylvania, but across the country this fall:
“For all the glib talk of a ‘blue wave’, there is a sizable risk that the Democrats could fall a few seats short of the 24 they need to win back the House. Even with, say, a three-seat majority, the Republicans would select all the committee chairmen and thwart any investigation into the misdeeds of the Trump administration.”
With Pelosi back in the saddle, she would name committee chairs. She would set the agenda, and it would be pro-tax and anti-gun.
The Hill noted that Pelosi is furious at Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee for wrapping up a probe into alleged Russian tampering with the 2016 election, the one that Clinton was supposed to win. Fourteen months after he took office, Democrats still cannot get over the fact that Trump is in the Oval Office, and Hillary is continuing her blame tour.
Pelosi issued a statement Tuesday morning blasting Republicans for ending the Russia investigation, with this accusation:
“House Republicans have abandoned their oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people. Democrats will continue to take real, immediate action to secure our democracy.”—Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Minority Leader
At this point, Pelosi might be quizzed about which party has tried to erode the Second Amendment into oblivion. That’s part of the Constitution.
As noted recently by the New York Times, “But for Republicans, Ms. Pelosi is a convenient foil, easily portrayed as out of touch with Middle America. Polls have shown for years that far more Americans view her unfavorably than favorably.”
A string of Democrat wins this fall could easily put her right back in the Speaker’s office, where she could pick up where she left off. Then her remarks about crumbs might become reality.