That’s Nancy Pelosi’s attitude toward struggling Americans. But instead of cake, its gas.
But what looks like intraparty tension on the surface is part of an intentional strategy in which Pelosi takes the heat on energy policy, while behind the scenes she’s encouraging vulnerable Democrats to express their independence if it helps them politically, according to Democratic aides on and off Capitol Hill.Pelosi’s gambit rests on one big assumption: that Democrats will own Washington after the election and will be able to craft a sweeping energy policy that is heavy on conservation and fuel alternatives while allowing for some new oil drilling. Democrats see no need to make major concessions on energy policy with a party poised to lose seats in both chambers in just three months — even if recess-averse Republicans continue to pound away on the issue.“The reality is we will have a new president in three months, and what Bush and the Republicans are trying to do amounts to a land grab for the oil companies,” said one senior House Democratic aide involved with party strategy. “I don’t think we have to give in at all pre-election — we have many more options postelection.”
Counting their chickens before they hatch, they are. Gas prices must not matter when you’re on the taxpayer’s expense account. Instead of taking care of the America’s business, she’s off jetting around the country, hawking her sad little book. How’s that for a carbon footprint?
The Speaker’s plan may backfire yet. John Boehner, the GOP minority House leader calls her bluff by asking Democrats to cross the aisle and vote for drilling. Sign their names to the discharge petitions. Be Brave. Stand up to Cruella.
What bothers me the most is that Pelosi & Company just don’t give a rat’s ass about the rest of us.
Even as they face heat from constituents during the August break, Democrats say they aren’t going to cave in to popular pressure.
“Popular presssure” – isn’t that the wailing of their constituents? Who do they think voted them into this cushy existence anyway? Let them eat cake, indeed.
Perhaps the Democrats need a reminder of WHY they are there.
Cross-posted at Obi’s Sister