NY-11 & Nancy Pelosi’s Cry for Relevance 

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NY-11 & Nancy Pelosi's Cry for Relevance 

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Hor­ton Hears a Who 1970

If there is one thing that’s axiomatic on Cap­i­tal Hill it’s this: If you want to get the atten­tion of the lob­by­ists and the var­i­ous monied inter­ests you need to have power and influ­ence or the prospect of shortly gain­ing it.

If there is one per­son who, media atten­tion notwith­stand­ing, has no prospect for power or influ­ence any­time soon, it’s Nancy Pelosi.

With State Leg­is­la­tures firmly in GOP hands an unpop­u­lar lame duck pres­i­dent and John Boehner GOP cau­cus hold­ing a full 247 mem­bers Nancy Pelosi’s rel­e­vance on Capi­tol hill is prac­ti­cally nil.

How­ever power is in many ways a mat­ter of per­cep­tion and this move by Nancy Pelosi is a clever if des­per­ate attempt to claim it:

“Now that the elec­tion is over, Con­gress­man Grimm is finally admit­ting the truth to his con­stituents,” Pelosi said in a brief state­ment on Tues­day morn­ing. “Clearly, Speaker Boehner must insist that Con­gress­man Grimm resign immediately.”

Pelosi’s “demand” has drawn snark from folks from the con­ser­v­a­tive hide­out to Glenn Reynolds not­ing Pelosi’s hypocrisy but frankly what’s more inter­est­ing is her attempt to jump in front of a parade.

She likely fig­ures it’s a low risk no lose move. When Boehner and the GOP move to remove Grimm from his seat after his guilty plea she will run to the media who will gladly paint her as the per­son who called for this res­ig­na­tion while at the same time she will note the jabs over her hypocrisy, how­ever accu­rate, as a sign she still mat­ters and fundraise from a gullible base with them.

And if for some inex­plic­a­ble rea­son the GOP doesn’t force Grimm it’s even bet­ter. She has Grimm, con­victed of Tax eva­sion as a club to beat the GOP with for as long as he holds his seat.

How should the GOP pro­ceed? Sub­stan­tially if Grimm doesn’t resign on his own the House ethics com­mit­tee should move to expel him. Polit­i­cally if and I should really say “when” the media asks him about Pelosi’s demands he should say this:

“Like the vot­ers of Amer­ica I believe Nancy Pelosi’s opin­ions should have no bear­ing on how the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives operates.”

While such an answer is not only a low-​cost way to please his base but it will pay one other div­i­dend. Such a state­ment would ill will likely lead to out­rage by the lefts allies in both print and tele­vi­sion media but it will also give an oppor­tu­nity for the GOP’s allies on the right to crank out story after story high­light­ing a truth that no amount of out­rage, indig­na­tion or spin can alter.

Nancy Pelosi is com­pletely with­out power on Capi­tol hill and is likely to remain so for the rest of her life.

The only com­ment about any Demo­c­rat mem­ber of the house that any Repub­li­can should give is on how lit­tle they matter.

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Horton Hears a Who 1970

If there is one thing that’s axiomatic on Capital Hill it’s this:  If you want to get the attention of the lobbyists and the various monied interests you need to have power and influence or the prospect of shortly gaining it.

If there is one person who, media attention notwithstanding, has no prospect for power or influence anytime soon, it’s Nancy Pelosi.

With State Legislatures firmly in GOP hands an unpopular lame duck president and John Boehner GOP caucus holding a full 247 members Nancy Pelosi’s relevance on Capitol hill is practically nil.

However power is in many ways a matter of perception and this move by Nancy Pelosi is a clever if desperate attempt to claim it:

“Now that the election is over, Congressman Grimm is finally admitting the truth to his constituents,” Pelosi said in a brief statement on Tuesday morning. “Clearly, Speaker Boehner must insist that Congressman Grimm resign immediately.”

Pelosi’s “demand” has drawn snark from folks from the conservative hideout to Glenn Reynolds noting Pelosi’s hypocrisy but frankly what’s more interesting is her attempt to jump in front of a parade.

She likely figures it’s a low risk no lose move.  When Boehner and the GOP move to remove Grimm from his seat after his guilty plea she will run to the media who will gladly paint her as the person who called for this resignation while at the same time she will note the jabs over her hypocrisy, however accurate, as a sign she still matters and fundraise from a gullible base with them.

And if for some inexplicable reason the GOP doesn’t force Grimm it’s even better.  She has Grimm, convicted of Tax evasion as a club to beat the GOP with for as long as he holds his seat.

How should the GOP proceed?  Substantially if Grimm doesn’t resign on his own the House ethics committee should move to expel him.  Politically if and I should really say “when” the media asks him about Pelosi’s demands he should  say this:

“Like the voters of America I believe Nancy Pelosi’s opinions should have no bearing on how the House of Representatives operates.” 

While such an answer is not only a low-cost way to please his base but it will pay one other dividend.  Such a statement would ill will likely lead to outrage by the lefts allies in both print and television media but it will also give an opportunity for the GOP’s allies on the right to crank out story after story highlighting a truth that no amount of outrage, indignation or spin can alter.

Nancy Pelosi is completely without power on Capitol hill and is likely to remain so for the rest of her life.

The only comment about any Democrat member of the house that any Republican should give is on how little they matter.

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