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Doddering old bat Pelosi may be Speaker again but House Democrats are about to find out that governing's harder than campaigning
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Leroy N. Soetoro
2019-01-04 21:03:44 UTC
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https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/house-democrats-are-about-to-find-out-
that-governing-is-harder-than-campaigning

A change of the guard in the House of Representatives ending one-party
control of Washington. A check on a new president’s agenda. Outsider
candidates swept into office on pledges to hold the White House
accountable.

These depictions apply equally to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s new Democratic
House majority in 2019 as they did to the outgoing Republican majority who
assumed power in 2011. As the GOP insurgents who wrested the speaker’s
gavel from Pelosi eight years ago adjust to life in the minority, one
silver lining is that history could well repeat. The dreams of hard-earned
majorities can be fleeting and fizzle into the nightmare of being back in
the minority, especially when grounded on untenable promises.

For President Trump, divided government creates headaches and
opportunities. House Democrats have the ability to investigate, impede and
impeach. The firebrand progressives that run today’s Democrats will demand
all three in spades – all of which will make life painful for the White
House. Control of the congressional oversight committees gives the anti-
Trump forces the enforcement mechanism they have lacked. Trump’s
conservative agenda will be a non-starter for Pelosi leftists more
interested in filing subpoenas than legislation.

But on the plus side for the president, he now has a high-profile foil to
position himself against, and an unpopular one at that. An NBC News/Wall
Street Journal last fall showed Pelosi with the highest disapproval rating
of any political figure in their survey, with a full 48 percent of voters
seeing her negatively. It’s a mistake for Democrats to assume their
victories amid a barrage of anti-Pelosi advertising means voters view her
in a positive light. They definitely don’t, and Pelosi owes the speaker’s
gavel to Trump’s unpopularity in the suburbs, not an embrace of her or her
policies.

House Democrats are about to find out that governing is harder than
campaigning. Their majority is paved through 31 districts won by Trump in
2016 that flipped blue in 2018, many of which had resided in the GOP
column for generations. These red districts are not fertile political
ground for the deep blue policies pushed by progressives. Furthermore,
many of these new members of Congress explicitly pledged to oppose Pelosi
in order convinces voters of their electability – pledges that are about
to be put to the test.

Already, the intra-party Democratic fault lines are evident. Hours before
taking the gavel, Pelosi made headlines in her first sit-down television
interview by leaving impeachment of Trump on the table. She also broke
from long-standing Justice Department precedent by musing about indicting
a sitting president. Both statements were unmistakable nods to the left-
wing base whose support she needs, but words that should send shivers down
the spines of Democrats now representing voters who supported Trump over
Hillary Clinton.

In her opening remarks, Pelosi referred to climate change as “the
existential threat of our time,” overlooking global terrorism or ISIS. It
was an attempt to placate incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,
whose so-called “Green New Deal” would end the energy industry as we know
it – as well as the hundreds of thousands of jobs it provides. After
dispatching one of Pelosi’s top lieutenants in a primary last June, the
29-year old Ocasio-Cortez owes the 78-year-old speaker nothing, and she is
already blasting one of Pelosi’s budget proposals as a “dark political
maneuver designed to hamstring progress.”

Divided government can be messy for the party in charge of the House when
campaign pledges morph into broken promises. Just ask former Speakers John
Boehner, R-Ohio, and Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who spent the last eight years
balancing the responsibilities of governing with the grassroots’ desire to
repeal ObamaCare and reign in government spending.

In these unpredictable times, the new Democratic majority’s hold on power
could be just as tenuous. Their liberal base is fueled by anger, not
compromise, but Republicans still run the other two branches of
government. Plus, they will be running the House underneath the shadow of
their party’s presidential primary, which has already started and will
push the entire national conversation even further leftward. Voters could
usher Nancy Pelosi and her majority to the exit doors if they mistake a
midterm referendum for a governing mandate.
--
Donald J. Trump, 304 electoral votes to 227, defeated compulsive liar in
denial Hillary Rodham Clinton on December 19th, 2016. The clown car
parade of the democrat party ran out of gas and got run over by a Trump
truck.

Congratulations President Trump. Thank you for cleaning up the disaster
of the Obama presidency.

Under Barack Obama's leadership, the United States of America became the
The World According To Garp.

ObamaCare is a total 100% failure and no lie that can be put forth by its
supporters can dispute that.

Obama jobs, the result of ObamaCare. 12-15 working hours a week at minimum
wage, no benefits and the primary revenue stream for ObamaCare. It can't
be funded with money people don't have, yet liberals lie about how great
it is.

Obama increased total debt from $10 trillion to $20 trillion in the eight
years he was in office, and sold out heterosexuals for Hollywood queer
liberal democrat donors.

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Miloch
2019-01-05 04:32:04 UTC
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Post by Leroy N. Soetoro
https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/house-democrats-are-about-to-find-out-
that-governing-is-harder-than-campaigning
A change of the guard in the House of Representatives ending one-party
control of Washington. A check on a new president’s agenda. Outsider
candidates swept into office on pledges to hold the White House
accountable.
These depictions apply equally to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s new Democratic
House majority in 2019 as they did to the outgoing Republican majority who
assumed power in 2011. As the GOP insurgents who wrested the speaker’s
gavel from Pelosi eight years ago adjust to life in the minority, one
silver lining is that history could well repeat. The dreams of hard-earned
majorities can be fleeting and fizzle into the nightmare of being back in
the minority, especially when grounded on untenable promises.
Pelosi Knows the Art of the Deal. Trump Just Talks About It.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/pelosi-knows-the-art-of-the-deal-trump-just-talks-about-it?ref=home

Newly sworn-in Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have found a way to tame the savage
beast that is Donald Trump. The mother of five knows not to negotiate with an
unreasonable child.

“I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a
deal on Border Security,” Trump tweeted like the reality show host he was not
long ago. Pelosi, on vacation with family in Hawaii, hung out a Do Not Disturb
sign while the president was forced by the optics of the shutdown he named after
himself to forego as much as a "working" round of golf with his sometime bro
Sen. Lindsey Graham. They were reduced to lunch.

Two weeks is a long time to stew. The ball had hardly fallen in Times Square
before Trump summoned the newly sworn in Speaker and Senate Minority Leader
Chuck Schumer to the White House for a “briefing” which differs from a meeting
in that the format is a lecture not a dialogue. Having lost the last encounter
with cameras rolling, Trump presided over this one in the electronics-free
situation room so we may never know who said what to whom. In the driveway right
after, Pelosi, speaking first, said the House would pass a bill that the Senate
previously approved that would reopen the government and allow for a 30-day
cooling-off period to negotiate border security. For its part, the White House
reiterated its position that Pelosi’s offer is a “non-starter.”

Whatever. As Pelosi warned in the Oval Office weeks ago, she has the votes to
pass her bill, and intends to do so. The upper chamber’s Republican leadership
quickly did Trump’s bidding and announced they won’t take up the House bill. But
individual members—Republican Senators Cory Gardner and Susan Collins have
already broken with Trump—know enough to want the shutdown over. It’s a new day
there after Trump’s acolytes dropped like flies in the midterms. Trump may not
have absorbed the shellacking he took but Sen. Mitch McConnell has. That sound
you hear is a back channel being dug between his office and Pelosi’s.

For the moment, there are more cracks in the Republican wall, figuratively and
literally, than in Pelosi’s. The White House is busy defining Trump’s wall down:
it’s slatted, it’s virtual, it’s drones, it’s already provided by Mother
Nature’s impassable terrain. Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff, budget
director and pastry chef should the current one suddenly resign, once called
shutdowns “childish.” Sen. Lamar Alexander, who usually sides with Trump, said
"government shutdowns should be as off-limits to budget negotiations as chemical
weapons are to warfare.” Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Graham have floated
modified proposals. Smart people want it to end.

more at
https://www.thedailybeast.com/pelosi-knows-the-art-of-the-deal-trump-just-talks-about-it?ref=home




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