Earth to Nancy Pelosi, when even the New York Times gets nervous, you know you’ve overplayed your hand.
The Times just put out an unusually nervous story on Pelosi’s game of chicken on the coronavirus relief bill. After acknowledging that Pelosi is playing hardball, and going through the obligatory fawning praise of her supposed negotiating prowess, the Times acknowledges: “Ms. Pelosi’s strategy carries substantial political risk and real collateral damage, at least in the short term.”
That’s a complicated way of saying that the American people won’t forget that she’s using their distress as a political pawn. She doesn’t care how long everyday Americans have to suffer as long as she gets her liberal “Christmas wish list.”
The Times notes:
She has publicly heaped disdain on her White House negotiating partners as she plays hardball in daily private meetings in her Capitol office suite, convinced that she has political leverage to force Republicans to agree to far more generous aid than they have offered. She has been unwilling to bow to the Trump administration’s demands for a much narrower bill or a stopgap solution.
Meanwhile, her support in the Democratic party is starting to show cracks:
The impasse prompted Mr. Trump to take unilateral action on Saturday to provide relief on his own with a series of executive actions — though it remains unclear if he has the legal authority to do so. And it has sown uneasiness even among some rank-and-file Democrats, particularly those who represent politically competitive districts and are eager to show voters their party is capable of bipartisan compromise on pressing issues.
“We cannot let desperate Americans and small businesses be used as pawns — even in the face of a president and Senate majority leader who appear incapable of empathy,” said Representative Dean Phillips, a first-term Democrat from Minnesota.
On a private conference call on Saturday, Representative Tom Malinowski of New Jersey, another first-term Democrat, warned that a lack of an agreement would prompt his voters to declare “a pox on all our Houses. Congress is broken. Washington is broken.”
Trump is eating Pelosi’s lunch here. His unilateral action to assist Americans devastated by lockdowns was a move that she wasn’t prepared for, and now, she’s been exposed as the obstructionist she is.
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