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Democrat With No Chance of Losing Her Seat Urges Others to Sacrifice Their Seats


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End Her Time as Speaker, She’s Cool With It

The gauntlet is down: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year . . . ”We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”

Easy for her to say; she represents a district where not only did Barack Obama carry 85 percent of the vote . . . but John Kerry carried 85 percent of the vote. The last time she was held to less than 80 percent of the vote was 1990. For her, risk to her seat is an entirely theoretical concept; she is one of the few Americans with job security, who will keep collecting her current salary and benefits until she voluntarily retires or dies. I wonder if she’ll have the audacity to say, “I know where you’re coming from,” in her conversations with Blue Dogs, red-district Democrats, or other nervous members of her party.

The Lonely Conservative summarizes: “Pelosi to the Lemmings: Follow Me Off the Cliff.”

At Hot Air, Cassy Fiano is unimpressed: “While Nancy Pelosi might be trying to appear noble by sacrificing her career for the admirable goal of passing sweeping health care reform, it’s a shallow and feeble attempt. She claims that they’re there to “do the job for the American people” . . . but that isn’t what Democrats are doing, and their job in Congress is not to just run wild on a crazy spree of spending and power-usurping. Too many politicians — both Democrat and Republican — have forgotten that they are not royals who get to make decisions with no repercussions based solely on what they want, and screw what the little people think. Politicians are supposed to be public servants. They’re supposed to be representing the interests of their constituents, and that clearly isn’t what they’re doing here with Obamacare. They aren’t trying to reform health care into a European socialist system for the good of their constituents. They know darn well that their constituents want nothing to do with Obamacare, yet Pelosi is trying to get her Democrats to soldier on anyways. And she’s not trying to do it for the good of the American people, no matter how noble she may try to sound. They’re doing it because they want to, because they get to be exempt, because it gives Washington more power, and because they are radical socialist liberals.”

Left Coast Rebel: “Now mind you, I am naive perhaps because my first assumption when reading this headline was that Nasty Pelosi suddenly had (the first) honest moment in her career. She was admitting that Obamacare would cost American jobs – as it will, millions, in fact. Of course I was wrong, though. Pelosi was actually making a reference to the jobs of Democratic members of Congress.”

Dennis the Peasant chuckles, “Nice of her to underscore the fact that for a sizable number of Congressional Democrats, the combined leadership of Barack Obama, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are only asking for a short walk off a very tall cliff. Now that’s how you rally the troops!“

Tags: Barack Obama , Chris Dodd , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mitt Romney , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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