[guest post by Dana]
During an interview with Maureen Dowd, Nancy Pelosi reminds “The Squad” (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts ) of who’s in charge, saying that she really doesn’t care if the left doesn’t think she’s left enough. While the female insurgents of the far left-wing of the Democratic Party are unhappy with Nancy Pelosi and her slow-walk toward meeting their goals, Pelosi is having none of it:
Some House liberals have been furious with the speaker since she capitulated to Republicans and Democratic moderates and agreed to pass a bill to send more funding to the border, giving up demands for stronger protections for the migrant children ensnared in the nightmare of shelters there.
“The Mighty Moderates,” as The Times christened them, wanted to show that they weren’t going to be pushed around by the liberals, who have so far gotten all the attention.
Pelosi feels that the four made themselves irrelevant to the process by voting against “our bill,” as she put it, which she felt was the strongest one she could get. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” she said. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
Out of touch, not with it, your time is up, move over, get out of the way, troglodyte! AOC’s use of dialing for dollars immediately reminded me of the popular show by that name. A show that Pelosi, who was born in 1940, would surely remember. AOC, however, was born right before the show ended its long run:
Dialing for Dollars was a franchised format local television program in the United States and Canada, popular from the 1950s to the early 1990s.
The program’s usual format had the host, a local television personality, announce a certain password to the audience at the beginning of the program (on most stations, “the count and the amount”). He would then randomly select a phone number to call from a bowl or drum, either from those that had been previously submitted by viewers, or by scraps of paper cut from residential telephone directories. Viewers watching the show would know that they were being called, answer the phone with the correct password, and would win a monetary prize. If the viewer did not respond correctly or failed to answer the call altogether, the prize money would continue to increase.
Pelosi herself unwittingly points to her age (and accepted pre-#MeToo behaviors) by referencing Bill Clinton’s impeachment as standard “boys will be boys” behavior:
…they impeached Clinton for something so ridiculous — getting impeached for doing a dumb thing as a guy.
Obviously she knows he was impeached for obstruction of justice and committing perjury so one assumes that she is referencing his affair with a 22-year old intern. As has been said of Pelosi’s contemporary, Hillary Clinton (when she dismissed her husband’s behavior), this antiquated view “undermines a core lesson of #MeToo: that abuse isn’t necessarily contingent on age, gender, or fame, but is always contingent on power.” The “doing a dumb thing as a guy” excuse runs counter to the modern-day position of the party, especially the far left. I mean, the “The Squad” would never excuse such an abuse of power like this, right?
Finally, because the political pendulum is always in motion, one better be prepared:
The speaker, who is trying to keep the party center left, must know that getting Trump out of office is a goal that could be jeopardized by the fact that the Democrats lurched so far left in the first debates, with bilingual pandering and talk about busing and decriminalizing illegal border crossings and abolishing private health insurance.
(Psst: Ms. Dowd, while not discussed at the first debate, there really couldn’t be a more glaring indicator of just far left the party has lurched than their hard push for abortion up to the point of birth.)
(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)