From The Guardian (Emphases mine):
The House speaker refused to comment on Trump while traveling, but has been openly critical of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar
Nancy Pelosi’s sisterly civility problem:
Have you heard of the “inappropriate in Ireland” rule? No, I haven’t either. But according to Nancy Pelosi it’s a thing. On Friday, the House speaker was asked whether Congress was planning to impeach Donald Trump, a question that’s kinda top of mind at the moment. Pelosi, who was in Belfast, refused to comment, telling journalists it wouldn’t be appropriate to criticize the president while she’s abroad.
It’s strange that Pelosi should care about the etiquette of when and where it is appropriate to criticize a morally bankrupt demagogue who is clearly unfit for office. Particularly as she doesn’t seem bound by any geographical restrictions when it comes to disparaging the progressive young women in her own party.
There seems to be no rule about not insulting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from abroad, for example. On Monday, Pelosi told an audience at the London School of Economics that a “glass of water” could have won a seat in Ocasio-Cortez’s “solidly Democratic” district. Which rather glosses over the fact that 28-year-old Ocasio-Cortez defeated Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, in the primaries. And completely misses the point that Ocasio-Cortez was elected because people are desperate for real change, not more establishment centrists like Crowley. (Who, by the way, then went off to join a corporate lobbying firm that reps clients from the fossil fuel industry.)
Pelosi also doesn’t seem to find it necessary to treat Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar with much respect. She has made it abundantly clear that she sees Omar as a nuisance to be dealt with, rather than a colleague to be defended. When Trump recently tweeted a racist video dishonestly accusing Omar of minimizing 9/11, the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders jumped to Omar’s defence. Pelosi’s reaction, meanwhile, was to not mention Omar’s name and tweet a thinly veiled jab about the memory of 9/11 being sacred ground.
Pelosi has been very vocal about the fact that she thinks the way Democrats will beat Trump is by staying firmly in the centre, and has repeatedly downplayed the influence of Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives. Just a day before her “glass of water” insult, Pelosi dismissed the more left-leaning faction of the Democratic party as “like, five people” during an interview on 60 Minutes. She’s also sneered at initiatives like the Green New Deal, which she has described as “the green dream, or whatever they call it”. The House speaker has been happy to wax lyrical about how young and diverse her party is, but clearly isn’t so happy to actually listen to those new voices.
Which is a shame because those new voices are doing what Pelosi should be doing: calling for a more equitable America, and unambiguously calling for Trump to be impeached. In the wake of Robert Mueller’s report, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar have both said they will sign Rashida Tlaib’s impeachment resolution. Pelosi should be doing the same, rather than comparing women in her party to glasses of water.
There it is.
Deal wid it.
If you can.
Pelosi and the rest of the old guard Dems think that they can return to power by moving rightward, thus undercutting Trump’s base.
They may be right, but then again…they may be wrong. Or (most likely in my view)…they may manage to beat Trump but remain a minority party in Congress.
And they will thus have yet another crippled, neocentrist/corporate-controlled quondam “Democrat” in office.
Obama’s last 6 years redux.
Look where that got us!!!
It looks more and more like the following is exactly what is going to happen:
Biden will enter the race.
The establishment Dems and their captive media will again manage to diss Bernie Sanders out of practical contention.
Kamala Harris will be Biden’s main opposition…another semi-cloaked corporate property, apparently…and depending on the polls that the Dems still so love (Despite the HRC disaster!!!), whichever of those two show the best numbers will be nominated. The nominee (and his or her controllers) will then pick a safe (in a corporate sense) VP candidate…again, by the numbers…and on we will roll into yet another “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme!” 4 or 8 years.
All I can say is:
God save us from old, corporate-owned assholes!!!
Of any race or sexual orientation.
Thank you, and have a wonderful Easter/Spring Is Here!!!/Resurrection of the Living Earth/Call It What You Will break.
And…eat some ham.
‘Cuz unless something very unexpected happens, pork is going to be on the political menu from both sides of the make-believe aisle for the next 5 to 9 years.
May as well get used to the taste.