Skip to comments.Pelosi: House Democrats should skip the national convention
Posted on 07/18/2012 1:01:40 PM PDT by Kaslin
First, the good news, at least for House Democrats. Instead of running for the lifeboats to escape the debacle unfolding in Charlotte in the next few weeks, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has announced an official abandon ship:
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says that Democratic members should stay home and campaign in their districts rather than go to the partys national convention in North Carolina.
Im not encouraging anyone to go to the convention, having nothing to do with anything except I think they should stay home, campaign in their districts, use their financial and political resources to help them win their election, Pelosi said in an exclusive interview for POLITICO Lives On Congress, a new weekly show to be streamed live on POLITICOs website and broadcast on NewsChannel 8 on Wednesdays.
We nominated a president last time. We have an incumbent President of the United States. Were very proud of him. There certainly will be enough people there to express that pride, but Im not encouraging members to go to the convention no matter what the situation was, because they can be home. Its campaign time. Its the first week in September, she said.
Maybe the DNC should have scheduled it for mid-August instead, then? Thats one of the more minor problems with the Democratic convention after a lack of funding, the outrage of Big Labor for holding it in a right-to-work state, and the use of Bank of America Stadium by a party that spent the last four years demonizing the banking industry, it falls well down the list. Its still worth discussing, though; why did Democrats schedule their convention on a week when the pressure to be home campaigning would be strongest? Apparently it came from a game of chicken played with the GOP to get the last word in conventions, but maybe both parties should rethink the late-season staging of these affairs.
And now the better news, for everyone:
In addition, Pelosi also wouldnt commit to serving in the leadership of the 113th Congress.
I wouldnt assume anything, she told POLITICO editor in chief John Harris and reporter Lois Romano. I would just assume that Democrats would win and we would stop the obstruction of the Presidents agenda. I think its fair to say that most people dont have the faintest idea about leadership races in the Congress.
The bigger question is why Pelosi remained in leadership in the 112th Congress. Speakers who get turned out by the opposition generally resign so new leadership can give their caucus and party a fresh start. Instead, Pelosi has clung to power while her caucus more or less admits that they dont have any other options than the leadership that led them into a historical drubbing, the worst midterm performance in over 70 years. If the Democratic Party is to revamp its message from the one that got soundly trounced in 2010, they have to change the leadership first. It might take another drubbing for that lesson to sink into the Democratic caucus in the House.
Meanwhile, dont accuse Bill Whittle of not trying to help. In his Firewall this week, Bill tries to stoke some enthusiasm for the Democratic convention and the formal renomination of President Hope and Change. Can he do it?
THAT LOOKS BAD!
no, not really.
Skipping their own convention? I wonder if they expect rioting, and want to distance themselves.
This convention is rapidly descending into a Wellstone memorial.
Related from earlier today
In the immortal words of former N.Y.Knick Michael Ray Richardson, “The ship be sinkin”.
When measured against the background of American History....... the announcement is stunning. The leader of the House minority has said there will be no meaningful gathering and mingling of the faithful with the powerful this go round.
I think Charlotte is going to be burned
Regarding her leadership position..... she is totally irrelevant.
They don’t want to be infected with Toxic Baraq Syndrome....
The Socialists support Obama but fear jeopardizing their own re-election. These fricking COWARDS can’t even face the consequences of their own beliefs!
Many weren’t going anyway. This gives them cover to save face.
I’m sure that city will be pleased that they went to all that expense for nothing. Chalk up another in the ABO column.
Why not, they have skipped producing a budget for the last 3 years, why show up for work at all?
Oh, but when you look at it from their “enlightened” point of view, it’s NECESSARY to fool the benighted masses in order to retain the power necessary for their own good.
To a leftist, being opposed by the majority of the people is simply proof of their superiority.
They're the 'vanguard of the proletariat', doncha know ...
Pelosi visits Assad pictures.
Well the left sure loves dictators
I wonder why she’s not out bragging about her friendly visit to Assad now?
I would think Democrats are seeing Obama as the political version of Typhoid Mary and do not want to be seen with him.
Bill Whittle bump for later ;-)
I’m sure she was just getting her “blinking” issue looked at by an ophthalmologist worthy of her presence.
On the other hand, Nancy should not keep skipping her psychiatric appointments.
This rotten socialist abandons the NC convention because she , as nutty as she is, knows Dems cannot defend their and Bama’s eco, soc, mil. energy , immigration plans. Not one has worked. These people are more than monsters as the lady at Mitt’s rally avers. They are stupidly evil. Isn’t that what Dems always say about conservs,Pubs, and Christians???? HMMMM. Well, it is time to fire back at these anti-Americans.