Leadership: It starts with taking responsibility

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was recently interviewed by CNN. She gave her views on the War in Iraq, President Bush, and the lowest ever approval ratings for Congress. What stood out more than anything else to me, was that she was completely incapable of taking responsibility for anything. Let’s start with her view of President Bush.

God bless him, bless his heart, president of the United States — a total failure, losing all credibility with the American people on the economy, on the war, on energy, you name the subject.

This isn’t exactly the sort of thing you would expect from one of the highest leaders of the strongest nation in the World. Our enemies might even be emboldened to act against us by such words. How about her view of why we are still in Iraq? Could she possibly take any responsibility for her lack of getting legislation passed to fulfill her promise to her constituents? Not on your life.

In the House, we, of course, have over and over, five or six times, sent to the Senate legislation for a time certain to reduce our deployment in Iraq and bring our troops home safely, honorably and soon. We haven’t been able to get it past the Senate or the president of the United States.

Leaders don’t whine about what they cannot do, they find ways to get the job done. Statements like the buck stops here are completely foreign to people like Speaker Pelosi. Rather than create coalitions, work for compromise, they just blame their ineptitude on others like some spoiled teenager. Is there any possibility that she would at least take some responsibility for the lowest ever approval ratings for Congress?

Everything I see says this is about ending the war — ‘I disapprove of Congress’ performance in terms of ending the war.

It seems to me that Speaker Pelosi, even if she is right, doesn’t get it that her minions blame her for not ending the war. They aren’t looking to others. According to her the people did their job. They elected democrats in significant quantities to that very end, yet she is obviously not the person to get the job done. She even agrees that she is among the 70% that disapprove of the job Congress is doing. Then she says,

But that is one measure. The other measure that I’m more interested in is the one that talks about what is their view of Democrats. And the generic, who do you prefer to run the country on all of these issues? We’re in double digits in any poll that you can take.

Yes, Speaker Pelosi. 11% is certainly double digits. I’d be careful that you don’t stay there long. Single digits is only another FISA-type failure away.

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