Ben Franklin: You seem a little distracted, Mr. Adams.
John Adams: I had thought that you were with us.
Ben Franklin: As I am, as I am.
John Adams:But not enough to come out and say so.
Ben Franklin: Politics is the art of the possible. What did you get by opposing the motion? It was carried with our without you. All you did was make enemies and make yourself feel better, of course.
John Adams:Do you not believe in saying what you think?
Ben Franklin: No, I’m very much against it.
John Adams Independence 2008
Did anybody catch this interesting bit of misdirection in this Politico piece:
Up until moments before Friday’s vote, Pelosi hadn’t told a soul how she was going to vote on TAA or Trade Promotion Authority, the fast-track trade law Obama was seeking.
To the untrained eye that suggest that Nancy Pelosi was undecided on the trade bill but consider this:
On Thursday, Pelosi and Boehner huddled on the House floor and swapped vote counts, according to sources in both parties. Pelosi said her numbers were very bad for TAA. Boehner said he thought Republicans could produce 100 votes, three times as many as they usually do for the bill. Pelosi shot back “How about 150?”
Now tell me if Nancy Pelosi was undecided on the trade bills, why would she bother counting the vote, particularly with Boehner who was trying to get the bill passed. Then there is this:
So just before noon, with debate already underway on the House floor, Pelosi picked up the phone and called Boehner to inform him that a must-pass component of the White House trade package was going to fail. It was the second such warning from Pelosi to Boehner in two days.
“Are you still going ahead?” Pelosi asked him, according to sources familiar with the call. “Are you going to pull the bill?”
Also consider how he framed her opposition in the closing speech:
“We have an opportunity to slow down,” Pelosi said. “Whatever the deal is with other countries, we want a better deal for America’s workers.”
That speech gave the green light for Democrats to vote against this bill and also gave cover for Hillary Clinton to say something:
“Here’s what I think should happen now,” Clinton said. “The president should listen to and work with his allies in Congress, starting with Nancy Pelosi, who have expressed their concerns about the impact that a weak agreement would have on our workers, to make sure we get the best, strongest deal possible and if we don’t get it, there should be no deal.”
The Politico piece implied that Nancy Pelosi had been undecided on this bill until finally braking with the president. The truth is she wanted this bill and wanted this bill bad enough to warn Boehner that he didn’t have the votes in the hopes it could be pulled until they managed to find the needed vote them. Her call for a “better” deal was not a heads up to the
But it was a signal to the White House that she is willing to try again if they can fake a tiny tweak so she can claim that the deal has been “improved” and if there is the slightest chance that the White House can spin it she will be back ready to vote with them.
Politico would like the reader to think that Nancy Pelosi made a tortured decision to oppose the president based on principle, what she did was just politics, politics that Dr. Franklin would have recognized in a second.
Update: While Politico was busy spinning Nancy Pelosi, Jake Tapper & his staff are unspining Hillary Clinton
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