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Nancy Pelosi is doing fine Thank You……..

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is cheered after the House passed the health-care bill. Republicans laud her effectiveness even as they decry her politics.

[ Speaker Nancy Pelosi is cheered after the House passed the health-care bill. Republicans laud her effectiveness even as they decry her politics. ]

While Nancy Pelosi may not be popular out in the hustings…….

She is doing fine up on the Hill……

Actually, in this country not too many strong-willed women do well with the public anyways……

But Pelosi who everyone complained about a year ago …has found her way…….

She has held her own with the Senate with the Healthcare Bill and has adopted a policy of getting her bills wrapped up and then waiting for the Senate to come on board……

But under the Capitol dome, Pelosi is a towering figure, perhaps even a historic one. Capped by her central role in passing the landmark health-care bill in March, the California Democrat, 70, has transformed herself from the caricature of a millionaire liberal with impeccable fashion taste into a speaker on par with the revered Sam Rayburn, according to historians, pollsters and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Republicans betting on her unpopularity outside of Washington have made the speaker the face of their effort to retake the House this fall, asking donors to “Fire Nancy Pelosi” while showing images of her engulfed in flames. The first tests of that strategy will come later this month with the GOP trying to win two seats long held by Democrats in special elections in Pennsylvania and Hawaii.

But Pelosi girded for this fight years ago, when she outlined a four-step plan for a lasting Democratic control of the House. The first two steps came with winning the majority in 2006 and expanding it in 2008.

While hoping for big Democratic gains in the 2012 presidential election cycle, the goal this year is merely to “sustain” the majority. With the economy limping along, Democrats are bracing for deep losses but cannot afford to lose more than 40 seats. Pelosi said she’s ready for the fight.

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , , | 2 Comments

Women’s History month and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi……..

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton mark Women's History Month in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surely will rank for placement there someday. For now, they are making history, and on Thursday, at a reception in that hall, the two took an hour to celebrate together.

Pelosi opened her arms wide to Clinton and they hugged tightly, cheek to cheek, two brilliant red-lipsticked smiles. It was an exuberant display of girliness from two formidable women nearing the end of an extraordinary week for both.

“Whoever thought that on this day of all days, I’d be standing on this podium to celebrate Women’s History Month and sharing the stage with two of my role models and two of the greatest female pioneers and role models for all of us?” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), to cheers, applause and whistles from a crowd of 300 women and men.

Pelosi and Clinton are a testament to women’s capacity to compose their lives alongside, rather than distinct from, those around them. One is the first female speaker of the House, a woman who didn’t run for office until the youngest of her five children was a high school senior. The other is the first former first lady to become a U.S. senator, a woman who initially derived her political power from her husband and then went on to run for president, winning more than 17 million votes in primaries and caucuses.

One traveled to Mexico and Moscow in the past week and helped to negotiate a deal announced Wednesday that could slash the number of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia. The other finally brought her disputatious membership to heel and succeeded, where the first had so famously failed, at achieving the sweeping health-insurance reform Democrats had sought for half a century.

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While both woman get kudos’ for their accomplishments……they still have to fight anti-female prejudice from makes and females …..Clinton could not get past the American condition that a female Head of State ‘is something we’re not ready for, yet’ and Pelosi has been criticized repeatedly for being  tough enough even though she was instrumental in getting Healthcare, Stimulus and other legislation thru the House……

We as a nation we WILL get there….We have a black mixed President….I know we’ll get there…..

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Women's History month and Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi……..

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton mark Women's History Month in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton surely will rank for placement there someday. For now, they are making history, and on Thursday, at a reception in that hall, the two took an hour to celebrate together.

Pelosi opened her arms wide to Clinton and they hugged tightly, cheek to cheek, two brilliant red-lipsticked smiles. It was an exuberant display of girliness from two formidable women nearing the end of an extraordinary week for both.

“Whoever thought that on this day of all days, I’d be standing on this podium to celebrate Women’s History Month and sharing the stage with two of my role models and two of the greatest female pioneers and role models for all of us?” said Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), to cheers, applause and whistles from a crowd of 300 women and men.

Pelosi and Clinton are a testament to women’s capacity to compose their lives alongside, rather than distinct from, those around them. One is the first female speaker of the House, a woman who didn’t run for office until the youngest of her five children was a high school senior. The other is the first former first lady to become a U.S. senator, a woman who initially derived her political power from her husband and then went on to run for president, winning more than 17 million votes in primaries and caucuses.

One traveled to Mexico and Moscow in the past week and helped to negotiate a deal announced Wednesday that could slash the number of nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia. The other finally brought her disputatious membership to heel and succeeded, where the first had so famously failed, at achieving the sweeping health-insurance reform Democrats had sought for half a century.

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While both woman get kudos’ for their accomplishments……they still have to fight anti-female prejudice from makes and females …..Clinton could not get past the American condition that a female Head of State ‘is something we’re not ready for, yet’ and Pelosi has been criticized repeatedly for being  tough enough even though she was instrumental in getting Healthcare, Stimulus and other legislation thru the House……

We as a nation we WILL get there….We have a black mixed President….I know we’ll get there…..

March 26, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Pelosi says Dems and Tea Party movement have common ground…..

While the initial reaction to this piece would be….is she crazy? (read the comments to the piece)….the Dog thinks Ms. Pelosi is very smart…or trying to be…..

As in Nevada’s senate race….The more Tea Party people running…..The better it is for Democrats…..Since the majority of the movement comes from the Republican party….The more the Democrats seek to encourage the movement…. the larger the  split within the Republican party becomes…….

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Democrats “share some of the views” of the Tea Party movement, even though it “takes direction from the Republican Party.”

She has referred to the Tea Party movement as Astroturf, “but, you know, we share some of the views of the Tea Partiers in terms of the role of special interests in Washington D.C., as –it just has to stop,” she said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.”

“And that’s why I’ve fought the special interests, whether it’s on energy, whether it’s on health insurance, whether it’s on pharmaceuticals and the rest,” Pelosi said.

The Tea Party movement emerged last year in response to Congress’ stimulus package and has gained momentum in recent months.

The common ground between the movement and Democrats only goes so far, Pelosi was quick to add.

“Some of it is orchestrated from the Republican headquarters,” she said. “Some of it is hijacking the good intentions of lots of people who share some of our concerns that we have about the role of special interests and many Tea Partiers, not that I speak for them, share the view.”

One point of agreement between Democrats and Tea Party members is their response to the recent Supreme Court decision lifting limits on corporate contributions to political campaigns.

“The recent Supreme Court decision, which greatly empowers the special interests, is something that they oppose,” Pelosi said.

For comments to The Hill picee…..

February 28, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Media, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

The Healthcare Bill will be smaller and tighter…..Pelosi starts to negotiate with the Senate …in Public…

While some Republican boosters have cried for the last two days that the Healthcare Bill is dead…that isn’t really so…..

The Democrats have gotten the message…….a costly Bill  isn’t what Congressmen can defend back home……

Hence…..

Even as Speaker Nancy Pelosi affirmed her commitment to pass far-reaching health care legislation this year, members of Congress and health policy experts began Thursday to deal with the reality that a smaller bill would have a better chance.

Passage of a comprehensive bill looked impossible after the Democrats’ loss of a Senate seat in Massachusetts. As an alternative, lawmakers in both parties said, some pieces of the bills already passed by the House and the Senate could be pulled out and packaged together in a measure that would command broad support.

The consensus measure would be less ambitious than the bills approved last year. It would extend insurance coverage to perhaps 12 million to 15 million people — and provide political cover to Democrats, who said they could not simply drop the issue after spending so much time and effort on it.

The pared-back approach would cover fewer than half of those who, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would gain coverage under the House and Senate bills. But it would not put the government on the hook for what critics say is a new entitlement, a change that would appeal to some Republicans.

This from the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi……

Ms. Pelosi said House Democrats remained committed to passing health legislation, but would not simply accept the Senate version of the bill and send it to President Obama.

“In its present form without any change, I don’t think it’s possible to pass the Senate bill in the House,” Ms. Pelosi said. “I don’t see the votes for it at this time.”

Stay tuned for more…….


January 22, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Healthcare, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Taxes, The Economy, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Charles Rangel (D. NY), Chair of the House Ways and Means committee, and the GOP……..

I haven’t commented on the Chairmen of the House’s Ways and Means Committee because I knew from reading periodically about his troubles that something was going on under the surface in his case…..Now that he has had another public outing of his tax, financial and money memory problems by the Republicans, pushing the story to the media…….A few people have now dialed in the background information….

It appears that Mr Rangel has gotten an immunity from the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and will continue to do so for several reasons…….

The First, and biggest, is that if he gets the hook, the Democrats are gonna take a big hit from the GOP, which is of course why some (but all) of the Republicans like to goose the story, from time to time……..the Second reason is that the House is loath to give up senior members …..we all make mistakes, and legislator ‘s are included….the Third is that the last time Pelosi canned someone ( Jefferson), she caught hell for it…even among House members that knew the guy was no good…….the Fourth reason is the Congressional Black Caucus….its members are very protective of the founder of the organization………the Fifth reason is that Charlie Rangel has waited for a very long time to be where he is…and he does weld a bit of power, and respect with Congress, on the whole…..and the last reason is that the Democrats in the House can take the heat…..a large group of them that are behind Rangel, come from virtually GOP proof districts, and don’t have to worry about the GOP reminding their district’s voters about Rangel’s problems…….

So unless the Ethic committee can find something REALY bad…Rangel will be sitting the Chairman’s seat for a good long while……Pelosi isn’t gonna touch him……

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments