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Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:04 PM

Pelosi to fellow Democrats: Suck it up on tough votes--'This is not a day at the beach'

The results of a Thursday morning Democratic conference in the House were apparent in the votes this morning to expand gun purchase background checks from three to 20 days. Only two Democrats voted for a Republican poison pill offered as a motion to recommit (MTR) the bill, after 26 Democrats defected on a similar effort Wednesday.

That Wednesday vote exposed a growing problem in the Democratic leadership, in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Majority Whip James Clyburn are at odds. Pelosi has been trying to enforce some discipline in her conference, keeping them all on board to fight Republican shenanigans. Unfortunately, Hoyer and Clyburn haven't been enforcing. Quite the opposite—they've encouraged the "moderates" in the conference to "vote their districts," even if it means giving fuel to Republicans.

Pelosi's frustration reportedly boiled over Thursday morning, and she had some harsh truths for her conference. "This is not a day at the beach," she reportedly told the members complaining about having to take hard votes on Democratic priorities. "This is the Congress of the United States." She even floated the possibility of withholding help from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "although her threat may be more bluster than reality, according to Democratic lawmakers and aides."

"We are either a team or weren't not," she told members, "and we have to make that decision." After the meeting she told reporters that Democrat have to simply vote against these procedural motions and deny the Republicans "leverage." "I'm a big believer in respecting the whole House and the rights of the minority to have their say," Pelosi said. "I think we should just vote against all motions to recommit. It's a procedural vote, it's a 'gotcha' on the part of the opposition."


[link:https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/2/28/1838435/-Pelosi-to-fellow-Democrats-Suck-it-up-on-tough-votes-This-is-not-a-day-at-the-beach|

Good. This is how to do it. One voice. Period.

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Reply Pelosi to fellow Democrats: Suck it up on tough votes--'This is not a day at the beach' (Original post)
Soph0571 Feb 2019 OP
TheCowsCameHome Feb 2019 #1
calimary Feb 2019 #2
Stinky The Clown Feb 2019 #6
Hermit-The-Prog Feb 2019 #8
betsuni Feb 2019 #3
Hekate Feb 2019 #4
CrossingTheRubicon Feb 2019 #5
OnDoutside Feb 2019 #7

Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:09 PM

1. She'll get lots of practice by

kicking the shit out of Trump whenever the opportunity arises.

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:09 PM

2. PLEASE EVERYBODY let's NOT Forget!

Look what happened last November when Democrats were united like I’ve seldom seen them be. A genuine force to be reckoned with. We mowed the fuckers down from coast to coast.

By contrast, look what happened in 2016 when too many of us were too busy bickering among ourselves, leading too many others to sit things out.

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Response to calimary (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:43 PM

6. +1000

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Response to calimary (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 07:00 PM

8. kickin' for truth!

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:16 PM

3. K&R

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:20 PM

4. That Will Rogers joke* from the 1930s hit its expiry date the day FDR died...

...and if not then, the day Nixon was elected. I read it here too often since I came aboard in 2002, and I feel Mme Speaker is even less amused than I am.

We are in a flaming national emergency, a real one, and if old hands like Hoyer and Clyburn can't relate what they are doing in the House every day to whether or not the Blue Wave can achieve anything at all, then maybe they should just get out of the way. Because if this is a day at the beach, the beach is Normandy.

Age is not the issue. Every day I am glad for Nancy Pelosi, her experience, and her abilities.


* "I'm not a member of any organized party. I'm a Democrat."

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:20 PM

5. The is no one else I'd have running the House.

 

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Response to Soph0571 (Original post)

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 06:53 PM

7. What effect would the procedural vote cause ?

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