We are likely just 28+ days away from Nancy Pelosi’s Shutdown. She’s been in a fowl mood all year for multiple reasons. It started with impeachment, which helped Republicans. Next, Ms. Pelosi ripped up her copy of President Trump’s State of the Union Address:

After that, Pelosi told people to visit Chinatown even though COVID had started spreading human-to-human:

Next, Pelosi tried stuffing the COVID relief bill with lots of Democrat wish list items. She wound up getting a little extra funding for the Kennedy Center. When the COVID 2.0 relief bill was passed out of the Senate, Pelosi got caught on TV talking about her favorite ice creams:

Next, Pelosi thought that she’d hurt Trump with the George Floyd Riots. That turned out to be wishful thinking. Law and order turned out to be a majore net plus for President Trump. It still is. She’s still trying to play hardball over the next COVID relief bill. Thus far, that hasn’t gone well for Ms. Pelosi.

Knowing that Ms. Pelosi a) often misreads the room and b) doesn’t like getting humiliated, there’s a high profile bill that needs to pass just after the first presidential debate — the bill to fund the government for the next year. I’m betting she’s willing to shut down the government. In fact, I’m betting she’s planning on blaming the shutdown on President Trump.

The problem with that strategy is that President Trump, Sen. McConnell, Secretary Mnuchin and Chief of Staff Meadows are likely anticipating this gambit. They’ll have a reasonable option available. When Pelosi tries blaming her shutdown on Trump, he’ll be able to take to the world’s biggest megaphone and highlight his plan. It won’t take long for congressional Democrats in swing districts to bail on Pelosi.

Without a PR stunt, Pelosi is likely to lose her speaker’s gavel. What does she have to lose at this point?

3 Responses to “The Pelosi Shutdown?”

  • eric z says:

    Gary, you know McConnell is the big DC roadblock.

    Pelosi? Just wanting a tiny bit more justice for those regular people who are hurting in the Trump-pandemic-economic crisis/meltdown.

    Where Nancy did get a comeuppance, Markey won his Mass. Dem primary contest against Joe KENNEDY III. KENNEDY had Pelosi’s endorsement. It failed to deliver. Just like Nancy on Medicare for All. Except in the latter case it is a factor of will, not of insufficient touch-of-grace power.

  • Chad Q says:

    Nancy just wants a tiny bit more justice? You mean like doing whatever the hell she wants during a “pandemic” shutdown in CA?
    Nancy and the dems couldn’t give a shit about the plight of the unemployed workers. All they are to the dems is another vote for power and if they (dems) get that power, the dems will gives them (unemployed workers) crumbs.

  • eric z says:

    Thanks, Chad. You just put your finger on the problem of the two party stranglehold on the nation. Both parties are as you say. Run out of DC by consultants, lobbyists, and bribers. Mammon rules each party.

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