Wednesday, December 12, 2018


Nancy Pelosi negotiates and talks trash like a boss:
Nancy Pelosi was on fire with her fellow Democrats.

Minutes after a very public showdown with Donald Trump on Tuesday over his border wall with Mexico, the House minority leader returned to the Capitol and railed against the president in a private meeting with her colleagues.

... she went for the most sensitive part of Trump’s ego.

“It’s like a manhood thing with him — as if manhood can be associated with him,” Pelosi deadpanned. “This wall thing.”
And although many conservatives think Trump won yesterday's livestreamed Oval Office session, as I noted yesterday -- and Trump has gotten more rave reviews since then, from, among others, Rush Limbaugh, Fox's Kayleigh McEnany, and the Daily Beast's Matt Lewis -- it's widely conceded that he failed yesterday, and reports say even he knows it:
On Tuesday night’s edition of Hardball, [Eli] Stokols [of the Los Angeles Times] told host Chris Matthews that Trump was “frustrated” following the meeting, during which Trump reportedly ignored the advice of his aides, and was goaded into taking ownership of any government shutdown that might occur.

“It sort of spiraled out of control, and when the President left the Oval Office after Pelosi and Schumer left,” Stokols said, “a number of people saw him, he stormed out of the Oval, walked into an anteroom just off the Oval Office, and had in his hand a folder of briefing papers, and he just scattered them out of frustration, threw them across the room and expressed frustration to the people who were present.”
If there was any doubt as to whether Pelosi would lock up the speakership, that's gone now.

So is it time for a new Pelosi narrative? I don't understand why Democrats and lefty commentators and activists have never tried to make Pelosi a broadly popular feminist heroine, the way they've championed Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "the Notorious RBG." For years they've allowed conservatives and the mainstream press to characterize Pelosi as a witchy, shrewy harridan. There's been no pushback.

Now there seems to be pushback.

Pelosi is smart, tough, fearless, and effective. She should have been someone the Resistance championed. Maybe that will finally happen now.

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