Pelosi Really Wants to Have It Her Way, Even If Obama Says Otherwise

Here is an extremely interesting to me article from one of the priemiere Republican outlets on the web, Red State. What they have uncovered is that apparently Nancy Pelosi doesnt give a damn who the President is, or about any President at all, and is trying to make the health care reform bill come out the way SHE wants. I find that extremely unfortunate, so even if the article is from this Republican rag, I wanted my readers to know that apparently Pelosi, in the process of achieving her legislative agenda, doesnt care who she steps on, and makes no bones about it. Even if its the President. Frankly, that makes me angry, so I just wanted to put it out there. And frankly, its dangerous to the chance of passage of the health care bill, but Pelosi is too blind to see that.

Apparently many of the negative things which have said about Pelosi must be all too true, at least by inference. It wasnt my purpose to get at this woman. But Barack Obama is my President, and I dont like some House twerp thinking she is going to walk all over the President of the United States so she can get what she wants. Sorry, just a little burned off. Here is the article from Red State:

Funny how the ruling majority in Congress behaves when the light shines a little too brightly on their smoke-free backroom shenanigans. Despite their self-delusions of openness and transparency, the Democrats mean to get health care done behind closed doors with no interference (read “close inspection”) from the media or the American people. As the pressure mounts for them NOT to do that, the perpetrators are getting just a snidge too defensive:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, piqued with White House pressure to accept the Senate health reform bill, threw a rare rhetorical elbow Tuesday at President Barack Obama, questioning his commitment to his 2008 campaign promises.

A leadership aide said it was no accident.

Pelosi emerged from a meeting with her leadership team and committee chairs in the Capitol to face an aggressive throng of reporters who immediately hit her with C-SPAN’s request that she permit closed-door final talks on the bill to be televised.

A reporter reminded the San Francisco Democrat that in 2008, then-candidate Obama opined that all such negotiations be open to C-SPAN cameras.

“There are a number of things he was for on the campaign trail,” quipped Pelosi, who has no intention of making the deliberations public.


Senior House Democratic leadership aides say Pelosi was pointedly referring to Obama’s ’08 pledge not to raise taxes on the middle class, which she interprets to include a tax on so-called Cadillac health care plans that offer lavish benefit packages to many union members.

NOTE by Paul Evans: What matters to me here is that, reading between the lines, Obama himself would in fact prefer the final negotiations to be open and televised by C-SPAN, but it looks like it is primarily Pelosi (and there must be others in the Democratic leadership), who have stuffed Obama on this, and it isnt going to happen. Next time somebody questions whether Obama is for openness, and probably a lot of other of the promises he made but cant or has been said to not want to deliver on any more, we should keep things like this directly in mind. Our President is in fact the fine, open Progressive we always hoped he would be. I realize hes become much more hawkish on defense and security matters than liberals would have wanted, but, actually, Im beginning to understand his reasoning on these matters, too. Its the Democratic leadership (I dont know, are they taking direction from Pelosi???), who is stuffing Obamas agenda, to some degree. This whole business it is a very ugly reflection on what the Democratic Party apparently has become. And heres the smoking gun from Red State:

The House aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pelosi has been miffed with Obama’s tilt toward the Senate plan and his expectation that the House would simply go along with the Senate bill out of political necessity.

Final Comment by Paul Evans: Well, whether we want to admit it or not, something like the Senate version IS the political necessity, whether any of you or Pelosi want to admit it or not. Apparently she has her agenda, and thats absolutely all in the world she cares about, including who she steps on to get it. (Of course, if the remaining hearings were openly televised, the backroom manipulations would be much clearer, and Pelosi and the Democratic leadership (I guess mainly in the House) apparently wont have that. I realize that I have discussed two seemingly logically unrelated things here, but both things are true. In other words, Pelosi and certain Democrats are trying to stuff the President on having the final bill reflect legislative reality and be a close approximation or the Senate bill, and on transparency, and those are related. If House leadership and Pelosi are successful, there is some chance the bill might be too progressive to allow passage in the Senate. Obama of course is well aware of this, but Pelosi only cares about her agenda.) I left the rest out, you can go to the original if you want that its PR for the Republican base.

This manipulative high handedness, though, really burns me off as a heretofore loyal Democrat and a supporter of the President.