This article in Politico.com tells quite the story. The story they tell is that we might’ve seen Speaker Pelosi have a vitriolic meltdown on the House floor. Here’s what Politico.com is reporting:

But anyone who looked at the transcript of Pelosi’s speech released by her office might have been puzzled by the complaints.

The transcript seemed relatively tame, with only relatively mild shots at the Republicans in the text.

But a review of the video of Pelosi’s comments shows the speaker deviated substantially from her prepared remarks when she stepped into the well of the House at about 12:20 p.m. Monday afternoon, delivering a series of ad-libbed jabs at President Bush and his party.

Then they list the things Ms. Pelosi actually said that weren’t in her prepared statement:

“When President Bush took office, he inherited President Clinton’s surpluses, four years in a row, budget surpluses, on a trajectory of $5.6 trillion in surplus. And with his reckless economic policies within two years, he had turned that around…and now eight years later the foundation of that fiscal irresponsibility, combined with an anything-goes economic policy, has taken us to where we are today. They claim to be free-market advocates when it’s really an anything-goes mentality, no regulation, no supervision, no discipline….”

“…Democrats believe in a free market…but in this case, in its unbridled form as encouraged, supported by the Republicans, some in the Republican Party, not all, it has created not jobs, not capital, it has created chaos.”

It’s Ms. Pelosi’s right to peddle the myth that the Republicans’ implementation of a system lacking in regulation caused this crisis. As I just wrote, the problem wasn’t a lack of regulation. The problem was that Democrats opposed reforming the problems at Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.

That 4 minute vitriolic diatribe by Speaker Pelosi showed who she really is: a hateful, bitter woman incapable of graciousness. She let her emotions get the better of her, too. Had she held off on her hateful diatribe, the bill likely would’ve passed. Instead, she indulged in a full-fledged diatribe.

Leaders need to be able to control their tempers. It isn’t that leaders don’t have tempers; it’s that they control their tempers instead of their tempers controlling the person. What’s worse is that she put self-indulgence ahead of doing the nation’s business. That’s inexcusable in a time of crisis.

It’s time to replace that tyrant with a real leader who’s willing to work with principled legislators of all persuasions.

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One Response to “Did We See Pelosi’s Meltdown?”

  • Walter hanson says:

    Of course this vote is a major symbol of what is wrong with her leadership. You might not like what the Clinton adminstration did in 1993-1994 but the Democratically controlled congress went and passed a lot of unpopular laws which is what helped the Repulicans take power.

    Here she was mad that she was about to possibly lose her speakership for passing a bill that was against her beliefs. The problem is not passing it costs her lots of things:

    * At this moment the continue damage to the country is her fault!

    * It shows a vote for her leadership is a vote for bad leadership. Every house candidate can point out by voting for me you’re making her speaker for another two years. Do you want that!

    * It highlights how closed minded the House has been under her leadership. By election day the public will know that Pelosi shutting the Republicans out caused the bad bill. Pelosi wanted a hundred votes to make it a bi-partisan bill. She couldn’t make it close because she was shutting out big Republican ideas.

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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