Now, I realize this comes off as an insult to Brownie troop leaders everywhere, but it’s not. From my own personal experience, I have found that leading a troop of 7, 8, and 9 year-old girls takes discipline, organization, knowledge and great diplomatic skills. Qualities that Nancy Pelosi does not have. Were she to have these skills, she would have been able to wrangle not just more Republican votes for yesterday’s bailout vote, but also corralled her entire Democrat caucus. Because she is no leader, she wasn’t able to do either. Instead, she ran off at the mouth, saying:
“Madam Speaker, when was the last time someone asked you for $700bn?
It is a number that is staggering, but tells us only the costs of the Bush administration’s failed economic policies: policies built on budgetary recklessness, on an anything-goes mentality, with no regulation, no supervision, and no discipline in the system.”
Yes, in this time of great financial crisis, she chooses to go overtly partisan, not to mention scurrilously untruthful. Hey, Nan, remember when there were Congressional hearings into the questionable accounting practices at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Remember when you were warned of impending financial doom, and the members of your party called it a “shell game?” Remember that? Perhaps you need to shut your sanctimonious yapper and lead.
History is likely to judge Nancy Pelosi as the weakest Speaker of the House of modern times. She chooses partisan words over true leadership. I was interested in finding out what truly great and effective leaders had to say when faced with great adversity. Here’s what I found:
“Cowardice asks the question, ‘Is it safe?’ Expediency asks the question, ‘Is it politic?’ Vanity asks the question, ‘Is it popular?’ But, conscience asks the question, ‘Is it right?’ And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because one’s conscience tells one that it is right.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
“We seek a free flow of information…we are not afraid to entrust the American people with unpleasant facts, foreign ideas, alien philosophies, and competitive values.” John F. Kennedy, February 1962
“Let the people know the facts, and the country will be safe.” Pres. Abraham Lincoln, 1861
“…a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is afraid of its people.” Pres. John F. Kennedy, 1962
“The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of its people, and a people strong enough and well informed enough to maintain its sovereign control over its government.” Pres. Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Fireside Chat, 1938 [side note to Joe Biden: this statement was not televised]
True leaders put the best interests of their people ahead of their petty partisan bickering, Nancy. I dare say you could learn a thing or two from those Democrats who broke rank with you yesterday; they apparently are putting people before party. So shut up and lead, or get the hell out of the way!
Update: The Other McCain asks if the Democrats blew the vote on purpose.
Update #2: Gateway Pundit says we’ve been punk’d.