My conversation with Ro Khanna
Robert, you missed the biggest question: Why sit with insurrectionists? Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution prevents officials from holding office again who have “engaged in insurrection” against the United States.
Several members asked Trump for a pardon. At a minimum a pardon is an admission of guilt. In his book, Peter Navarro said that more than a hundred members of Congress were committed to the Green Bay sweep. Who are they?
Ask every current member to swear that they weren't involved before they are seated.
If the House Republicans go nuclear on Hunter Biden, why wouldn't Dems retaliate with messaging and media on Jared Kushner and the Arab oil kingdom connections? I would think it would be deadly, because there's no mystery at all with his bailouts and the conflicts of interest as Trump's envoy to the Middle East.
I hope we can survive McCarthy, but from his speech I can already tell the division and the hatred will continue. To Nancy Pelosi, thank you for your continued dedication, thank you for a job well done!
To me, Nancy Pelosi's calm leadership while out Capitol was invaded by the Trump mob and Trump refused to take any action, will never be forgotten. It speaks volumes, about Pelosi and Trump as well as the different attitudes toward governance between Rs and Ds.
“No other Speaker in living memory has been so reviled by the Republican right [as Nancy Pelosi].”
For a simple reason: Pelosi has been the most effective House Speaker in several lifetimes.
No Democrat ever demonized, say, John Boehner as Republicans have Pelosi, because Boehner couldn’t get anything done. In fact, Democrats like me look back on Boehner’s speakership with perhaps a twinge of nostalgia, still feeling a tad sorry for the poor, affable, man.
Boehner surely realizes that his real nemesis wasn’t Barack Obama or the House Democrats’ Minority Leader, but was, rather, his own Majority Whip, Eric Cantor and the members of his caucus propelled into office by the Tea Party — most of whom would be excoriated as “RINOs” by Trump and those who control the GOP today.
Name an office building after Pelosi? I have a better idea: build a federal prison whose sole purpose is incarcerating those convicted of the January 6 insurrection and name THAT for Pelosi.
While I don't have the detailed knowledge to be able to assess fully the scope of Nancy Pelosi's work as Speaker and Democratic leader, and while I have disagreed in a very few instances, I've taken heart from the knowledge that she was in charge of the House. I loved reading the account of her trying to stop the Obama crew from cutting more out of the healthcare bill by wanting to keep making more compromises—it was reported she just about had to hit one of them over the head, to get him to comprehend that She Had the Votes!!! Her calm and low-key comments prior to the recent elections allowed one to get a little sleep at night. Absolutely, she can count!! I will miss her as Speaker and leader, but am glad she will stay in the House as Representative of her district.
I hope Democrats can get some things done during the lame duck session ; including codifying Roe and protecting marriage equality, (what will happen to those who are already married? and some with families? so hurtful and destructive!) Also, what about raising the debt ceiling? It's a shame that the Republican party is a party of hate and destruction ; hell bent on revenge and personal attacks, in addition to enmity towards the people they are supposed to serve and who pay them well.
How can Trump run for the presidency after inciting an insurrection?? That should be considered treason in my book!!!
I think Ro Khanna would make an excellent Democratic leader and House Speaker. He is articulate, intelligent, young, handsome, and a natural leader. Further it would better prepare him for a run at the presidency in 2028. As to what we can expect of Congress a lot will depend on the final outcome of Representatives elected, I still have hope for Dr. Kermit Jones, that hasn't been announced yet and we could end with a 218 R to 217 D which will make for an interesting decision making. McCarthy is not well liked. The only reason he wins is because he represents a large sparsely populated mountain area. I don't think he even lives in the district, but those people vote Republican because (Daddy, Granddaddy, Great Granddaddy and back as far as we can remember have always voted Republican, if it was good enough for Great Great Granddaddy, Jack it's good enough for me) There is an outside chance that Ro Khanna could be our next speaker
Nancy Pelosi will go down in history as the GREATEST speaker in AMERICAN HISTORY!!!!♥️♥️♥️
Speaker Pelaosi has given new meaning to the phrase "The Lady of the House". She is a class act. She wisely knew when to exit the stage to give a new generation of legislators the stage to do what she did when she was their age; to grapple with the new issues of the day and the unknown issues that will arise unannounced. A Great Lady -Women-Speaker. I trust the new leaders will seek her council in the future.
Nancy is the greatest Speaker ever, IMO. She's from Baltimore. She's smart and tough as nails. I love her.
Sadly, times have changed. Since around Newt, the House is more like a Redneck Haters Ball. Decorum is gone. Statesmanship is history.
Nancy was left to deal with haters, and it's nearly impossible to make progress when others just want to obstruct progress. I give her a lot of respect for being Presidential and getting the People's business done. She never stooped to their level.
In these times of sound bytes and short attention spans, Democrats need a Speaker (and Chair) who are strong messengers. It's too easy for the GOP to say Dems are out of touch when leaders are from elite areas on the Coasts. It's not true, but in politics perception trumps reality.
We need stronger messengers. We need a message that connects with the Rust Belt states. When Trump connected more with the depressed Rust Belt, we lost. (Nevermind that Obama and Dems saved the Great Lakes Auto states like Ohio.)
Whatever happened to politicians like David Bonior (MI) who was an outspoken fighter for labor? The haters and misinformers can't say Tim Ryan is a East/West Coast elitest. IMO, Dems need a working class messenger from the Rust Belt with a message that resonates with the middle class.
When the rich golfer from an elite NY family connected more with Midwest workers than Dems, no wonder we lost. It's time for a new messenger with a new message.
Expect more silliness and self- infliction from outlandish trump right.
We are already seeing it. Just hope enough level headed Republicans step forward so as not to allow real harm to country and people.
“Anyone seeking further evidence of Nancy Pelosi’s extraordinary reign [governance] need look no further than the anger she stirred up on the Republican side.”
I don’t blame any of this on Nancy and I think she is a wonderful human being, very loyal, and dedicated to her democracy. A true patriot. Thank you for your service. I’m pretty sure the straw that broke the camels back was that attack on her husband. Why put up with that after all the loyalty and service she has performed for her country. I think, taking a step back is another example of her wonderful judgment.
Predicting is simple. The two business institutions, D&R, partnering with media, propped and propelled by wealth, will continue to escalate " Washington for Hire " waste, dumping billions into non-value adding campaigns. The mud raking will become ever more divisive, ( not only wasteful but destructive ), and at fever pitch the markets will continue to fluctuate, controlled by the top 1%.