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Politico Spins Pelosi...

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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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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