With Democrats taking back a narrow majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, and Republicans expanding their narrow lead in the Senate, the political landscape will look vastly different in 2019. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi expects to regain the speakership, and she has been outspoken about weaponizing the powerful position.
Leader Pelosi has been vocal about opening hundreds of stifling investigations targeting the president and even impeaching U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Her leadership to date has been a vicious “resist” and “obstruct” call that has divided the country. In her post-election speech, Pelosi took a different tact. She claims her tenure will be more transparent, and that impeaching Pres. Trump no longer tops her to-do list. That may be because many moderate Democrats are not on board for two years of gridlock.
Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb won his seat after running an anti-Pelosi campaign and has become a beacon of what the Democratic party “could” become. Rep. Lamb is one of a class of moderate Democrats that are far more interested in doing the people’s work than attacking a president who beat them badly in 2016.
“I want to build infrastructure and get prescription drug prices down,” Rep. Lamb reportedly said after winning Pennsylvania’s 18th District. “I really do have optimism about that. I think the President has proven that he’s interested in negotiating on a number of issues. [President Trump] has talked a lot about prescription drugs recently, and infrastructure.”
Recent election polls pointed to health care as the top voter issue followed closely by immigration. Health care prices soared due to miscalculations of the ObamaCare legislation that allowed Big Pharma unfettered pricing power. Pres. Trump has been using executive orders and the bully pulpit to curb medication costs. Moderates in the U.S. House such as Rep. Lamb are well-positioned on such policy issues to negotiate bipartisan solutions, and he is on the record as not supporting Pelosi.
That may be because Nancy Pelosi has an entirely different focus in mind for the next Congress. With speakership aspirations, Pelosi plans to continue the divisive resist and obstruct policies of the far left. Already, she is talking about opening investigations designed to impede bipartisanship.
“Subpoena power is interesting, to use it or not to use it,” Pelosi recently said. “It is a great arrow to have in your quiver in terms of negotiating on other subjects.”
She reportedly said House Democrats plan to open a wide range of Congressional investigations to “strategically” make political gains by creating gridlock. She knows full well as a veteran Congresswoman that Republicans and the president will be forced to respond in kind.
“If the Democrats think they are going to waste taxpayer money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level,” Pres. Trump reportedly tweeted. “Two can play that game!”
Rather than work across the aisle on critical issues such as escalating prescription drug costs that drive up health care policies, she plans to use tired old political alarmism about Medicare and Medicaid.
“It’s about stopping the GOP and (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell’s assault on Medicare and Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the health care of 130 million Americans living with pre-existing medical conditions,” Pelosi reportedly said.
Laced in her hollow rhetoric, Pelosi seems to pretend the country is not enjoying an economic revitalization due to Trump Administration policies. Her post-election talk has also focused on creating “more good-paying jobs” as if the wages are not increasing for the first time in many years. The country is considered at full employment with African-Americans and Latino-Americans making historic gains.
But Pres. Trump appears to have his finger on the pulse of House Democrats. Moderates have aired their displeasure about radical liberal policies such as sanctuary cities and open borders that Pelosi favors. Although Democrats took back a slim majority in the House, there are enough mainstreamers to cross over and deliver on key issues. That may be why Pres. Trump not only congratulated Pelosi on her win, he’s endorsing her for Speaker of the House.
“In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats,” Pres. Trump tweeted. “If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!”
The GOP considers Nancy Pelosi the gift that keeps on giving because her policy positions are so far out of touch with everyday Americans. Given the slim majority, the GOP would only need a handful of Democrats to jump ship to get things done. Nancy Pelosi may want to drive a wedge in Washington, but Pres. Trump has other plans.
~ Conservative Zone