I don't think she's doing any better or worse job as speaker than Hastert did. I don't envy any person who is speaker .... too much like babysitting.<br>
Seems to me that she has toned down since getting the job and it makes me wonder if she's as effective a rep for her constituents as she was before.<br><br>
Favorable as a rep, neutral as speaker.
As a married man, I say no.<br><br>
As a semi-republican, I say no.<br><br>
But as a red-blooded American man, I have to say...<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Not even with Antag's equipment.
don't like, for all the rolly eyes and disrespect she has shown the president, she certainly hasn't lived up to any hype of challenging him with anything. She's plain disappointing. You have the majority backing you up and what have you done?!! nothing. sits there with smug and disrespect. So much for a woman in charge, she has not lived up to her hype in any way. Easier being the playground bully than the recess mom, I guess.
I think she exemplifies the current weaknesses in the party... a lot of high-minded ideas but the lack of political will/party unity to get much done. However I don't think taking a page out of the Republicans' 1990's playbook (party victory at all cost, no-holds-barred politics) is the right move either... I'm hoping 2009 will be marked by increased inter-party cooperation to get some good things done, regardless of the source. Getting the neocons out of the White House will be a good start.
I really like Nancy Pelosi. She is a strong Democrat, able to form coalitions and pretty much symbolizes how most Democrats feel about changes that need to be made to this country. This doesn't take any crap from the Bush Administration and calls his policies what they are - unamerican and disastrous to the future of our country.<br><br>
Much better choice to lead the Democratic challenge in the Congress than say Lieberman or Zell Miller.<br><br>
What makes her appear weak at the moment is the political makeup of the House. If the Democrats can put a more elected officials in the House I think you'll see Nancy getting a lot more done. Right now the Republicans can pretty much block her moves. We have to remove a few more Republican House members from the chess board to giver her a real opportunity.<br><br>
As for being disrespectful to Bush, she pretty much reflects my opinion on him. 4,000 murders and counting of just U.S. deaths in Iraq, let along if we charge him with the Iraqi deaths. Bush is more of an embarrassment to Pelosi IMHO.
so a chessboard that has 2 republican pieces and 12 democrats would make Pelosi effective??? I don't even play chess and I could probably do well with those odds. The tides changed when she got the Speaker position, she had the majority, and then *poof*. She did nothing to disempower the president that she so obviously detests. Pelosi is a little Yorkie with a Shepherd bark.
She has the majority, but not enough to override Bush. I'm pretty certain she is biding her time until after the elections. A chess board of 2 Republicans and 12 Democrats would make her much more effective. I think in time we'll find Pelosi is more like a wolf than a Yorkie just waiting for the right time to make her mark.
but she hasn't even tried. I'm sure she'll be quite effective with a Dem president, but then, what Speaker, wouldn't be? Heck, I could push bills with an overriding majority on my side. Effectiveness would be getting things through without the majority holding your hand. Yes, maybe you're right, a wolf does hunt as a pack. The Yorkie would attempt to take out the mailman on his own.
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