Nancy Pelosi was invited by the Christian Science Monitor to answer a few questions. She agreed, probably for the last time.
“We have to make responsible decisions in the Congress that are not driven by the dissatisfaction of anybody who wants the war to end tomorrow.”
Her most interesting words were caught on tape, and did not make the CSM editorial process. Fancy that.
Talking about anti-war progressives and moderates whose complaints were growing louder every day, she became both dismissive and insulting: “They are advocates,” she said. “We are leaders.”
The 70% of America that has major misgivings about Iraq were just categorized as immaterial by Speaker Pelosi. Even though the DU-Kos-Digby- Eschaton-Sullivan-Altercation crowd is growing, according to Nancy, they consist of nothing but irritants. And irritants are something that can be ignored by Speaker Pelosi. Because, after all, she is the leader.
Ahem, Nancy? Were you always power-hungry, willful, and delusional, not to mention forgetful and insulting? Does it come naturally, or is it a function of the time spent holding a gavel? Or does it flow from your time in the Beltway, that ego-trap like none other in the world?
Speaking of gavels, there is another profession that has a great deal of power and control over mortal man. No, not hookers, judges. And no, they are not the same.
Young judges, appointed or elected, are well-known to have a problem early in their judicial careers. Going from an aggressive litigation practice, or as in Chicago, coming from a highly political family or bakcground, (no one else seems to make it on the bench here) these youngsters often mistake their robe and gavel for brand new power tools, using them on everything in sight.
Seasoned trial lawyers tend to shudder (quietly) as they undertake the hard task of training the neophyte judge to judge fairly, properly and without haste, waste or worse. Most judges survive their initiation and become credits to their judicial system. A few become corrupted and indicted (Check out Chicago’s Greylord Scandal as a prime example). Others don’t quite get it, and ignore the easy life-time job they had handed to them on a silver platter (at least under Chicago’s electoral system), and they get frustrated and leave. Still others never truly understand the power, (and the delicacy required), that they hold, and remain abusive, foolish, powerful, but dangerous self-proclaimed leaders.
Nancy seems to be falling into that last category.
Nancy has confused the will of the people with a group of hippies who hang around her office, her DC home and her SanFran palace, people she would have arrested as homeless, but for their impeach Bush t-shirts they sport.
Nancy, do you want to know one thing that feels worse than the Iraq protests that will dog you like your shadow? the feeling of having to handover your gavel and empty your desk out when the people decide to replace you because of your haughty, arrogant, smug, and insulting ways. Iraq is a serious issue to the majority of Americans. You feel empowered to treat it as not a serious topic, worthy of your consideration. For that, we cannot and do not forgive you.