In remarks made Tuesday at Georgetown University, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi gave town hall attendees the impression that she was fully confident that Democrats would take back control of the House in November. And she promised that “when” that happened, the party would aggressively tackle an extreme-left agenda that should get Republicans fired up to vote, even if nothing else does.
“When we win and we take over in January,” Pelosi said, “some of the issues that will come up soon are the issues we are asking the speaker to take up now.”
Pelosi said a Democrat-controlled House of Representatives would immediately go to work to repeal the Republican tax cuts, which she has presented as a gift to the richest Americans and corporations at the expense of the middle class. “We have to win the debate on the economy,” she said.
Referencing her controversial statement that the tax bill left working-class Americans with “crumbs,” Pelosi said she stood by her characterization of the legislation. “My statement was that while they provide a banquet for the top 1 percent, they are giving some crumbs to other people,” she said. “What I say is here’s a tax bill they advertise as a benefit to the middle class,” but give 80% of the cuts to the richest one percent.
So if Democrats win the House, count on taxes going through the roof.
Pelosi assured a worried liberal that a Democrat-controlled Congress would have a “pro-choice gavel” as well. She defended her support of a pro-life Democrat from Illinois, telling a questioner that it was important to keep the broader picture in mind. “Having said no litmus test,” she said, “it’s a very high priority for us, protecting a woman’s right to choose.”
Well, the Republican Congress has done very little to move the rights of the unborn forward, despite having plenty of opportunities to defund Planned Parenthood and take steps toward limiting the time frame under which abortions can be performed. So in that respect, a Democrat-controlled House is not much of a threat.
Naturally, Pelosi said that much of her party’s focus would be on helping Americans who are not really even Americans.
“We will pass legislation to protect the Dreamers,” she said, ignoring the fact that they had ample opportunity to do that already. “We have to persuade the president that he can’t keep throwing red meat to his base that is anti-immigrant.”
Right. And to whom, exactly, are you throwing your immigration red meat to, Mrs. Pelosi? And more importantly, why?
Democrats aren’t going to win big enough in November to override the president’s veto power, so their extremist agenda is unlikely to come to pass regardless. That said, the president’s agenda will come to a grinding halt and any chance we have of implementing a significant and lasting immigration crackdown will die on the vine. And that’s not even getting into the possibility of impeachment proceedings.
This Republican Congress hasn’t gone out of their way to earn the enthusiasm of the conservative base, but we hope that haven’t done too much damage. If they have, the next two years are going to be ugly.