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JOHN FUND: The Madness of Queen Nancy – WSJ.com

November 6, 2009

pelosi_queen_nancyNOVEMBER 5, 2009, 12:40 P.M. ET

The Madness of Queen Nancy

By JOHN FUND

It’s one thing to be serene under fire, it’s another to be delusional.

More than a few Democrats in Congress are perplexed and worried that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is insisting on ramming through a 1,900-page health care bill on Saturday, just days after her party took heavy losses in Tuesday’s elections. “It reminds me of Major Nicholson, the obsessed British major in the film ‘Bridge on the River Kwai,'” one Democrat told me. “She is fixated on finishing her health care bridge even as she’s lost sight of where it’s going and what damage it could cause to her own troops.”

Indeed, the Speaker’s take on Tuesday’s off-year elections struck some of her own members as delusive “happy talk.” “From our perspective, we won last night,” a cheerful Ms. Pelosi told reporters, citing her party’s pick-up of a single House seat in a New York special election and retention of another strongly Democratic seat in California.

That’s not how many of her own troops see it. Democratic Rep. Parker Griffith of Alabama told Politico.com that members are “very, very sensitive” to the fact that the agenda being pushed by party leaders has “the potential to cost some of our front-line members their seats”

On health care, added New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell: “People who had weak knees before are going to have weaker knees now.”

Ms. Pelosi, however, apparently thinks the moment is ripe to use sheer political muscle to pass legislation reordering one sixth of the economy, with zero Republican support. The right mixture of “incentives” and Rahm Emanuel-style pressure, she believes, will bring enough Democrats to heel to vote for the bill.

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2 Comments
  1. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 7, 2009 7:12 AM

    There is a new mental disorder, POST ELECTED TRAMATIC SYNDROME.

  2. November 7, 2009 11:28 AM

    No, no, no. Of course, the whole schmeer seemed crazy from the beginning. If you are resolved on a major and controversial reform, such as the introduction of universal basic health care, the last thing you want to do is to increase the number of potential opponents; therefore the last thing you will do is fill it with pro-abortion provisions that will lose votes that might otherwise have been neutral or positive. (The Catholic Church favours national health care, and every advanced Catholic country has one. On the other hand, she fiercely opposes abortion. Get me?) But on one hypothesis, the behaviour of Obama and Pelosi becomes wholly rational: that is, if they feel that this will be the last chance they have to force abortion into the structure of the federal government. And there is good reason to believe that the alignment of forces is shifting, and that soon not only universal abortion on demand, but any kind of abortion provision at all, will become an issue in the United States. It is not only the startling polls that gave pro-life majorities last summer, for the first time in history. It is also the constant ground-level pressure, the personhood laws and murder of the unborn laws passed in various states, the continuous closure of small local abortion clinics for various reasons – the corporate giant Planned Parenthood is beginning to look increasingly alone, even as it grows steadily to replace the local abortuaries. Obama and Pelosi have smelled the wind, and they know that unless they use their present golden chance – with both houses of Congress in their hand and an originally very popular President with a definite mandate to reform health care – the future might see abortion becoming increasingly restricted and even unconstitutional. And it is not only in America that this is the case; look at the fury, increasingly similar to despair, with which international bodies such as the UN, Amnesty International and the EU are pushing furiously to make abortion an internationally acknowledged human right and to compel every country where it is still (or is becoming) illegal to admit it. They know that time is not on their side.

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