Bad week for Nancy
First, Nancy Pelosi promised to take her bi-partisan support and push the Armenian Genocide resolution to a vote. In the process, ignoring the advice of just about every concceivable branch of government that was having to deal with the consequences. It served no purpose, got no public support, and was panned mightily from ambassadors to military. When crunch time arrived, no vote. Her party got some sense and figured an 87 year old event wasn’t worth compromising the future.
Then, she led the charge to over-ride Bush’s veto of expanding the SCHIP program. This one had some legs. Providing health insurance to kids always sounds good. It’s a darling for liberals by socializing medicine and appeals to conservatives by taking care of children. Congress passed it, Bush vetoed it. With a very narrow Democrat margin, she only had to come up with a hand full of Republicans to over-ride the veto. As of today, that looks very unlikely.
Two very embarassing losses in one week.
Add on top of that I think most Americans think the tax incentives need to be kept and the fact that the tax-free internet protections are lapsing and I think the picture is becoming clear that this is a Congress that’s not going to get much of anything done.
Who will get the blame for that? Bush?
It should fall squarely in Nancy Pelosi’s lap.
But in most media, it won’t.