You just had to know this was coming. Politico is reporting that Nancy Pelosi has grown quite critical of the White House after the bundling of ObamaCare. Nancy feels like the White House has left her holding the bag for its failure and has started criticizing Obama in public.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s increasingly public disagreements with are a reflection of something deeper: the seething resentment some Democrats feel over what they see as cavalier treatment from a wounded White House.
For months, the California lawmaker has been pushing Obama hard in private while praising him in public. But now she’s being more open in her criticism, in part because she feels the White House was wrong — in the wake of the loss in Massachusetts — to push the Senate on the House when she knew there was no way it would pass.
Earlier this month, Pelosi criticized the president’s State of the Union call to exempt defense spending from a budget freeze. And in a meeting with leaders of both parties this week, she questioned the effectiveness of his plan to give small businesses tax breaks to hire workers.
“What you’re seeing now in public has been building in private,” said a top House Democratic official. “House members did their work — they did everything the president asked of them. And it gets stuck in the Senate. Or the Senate screws it up.”
Actually Nancy should not take it personally. Obama knows the healthcare bill is dead and simply wants to dump it in first lap he finds, be that Nancy’s, Harry’s or the Republicans.
Pelosi and Obama are also at odds over elections. Obama is concerned about 2012 and Nancy actually is concerned about keeping her job and the majority in the House:
Pelosi’s focus is on keeping her majority — and her job. She wants to protect vulnerable members, but she also wants to accomplish some big things as speaker. This is a big reason she wants to pass health care reform and focus more on spending money on infrastructure than on cutting taxes for small businesses.
Obama obviously wants to keep control of the House and the Senate, but it would be foolish for him to take his eye off 2012 — or his public image. This is a big reason the president is putting so much focus on reaching out to Republicans and making a public show of his bipartisan efforts.If I were Nancy, I would abandon all hope of keeping the majority or her Speaker’s job. She threw both of those away last summer when she decided to crap on the electorate and craft those ugly healthcare bills. Her using military aircraft as her personal airline sure did not help either.
Until Judgment Day comes this November, it sure will be fun watching her and Obama but heads. Pass the popcorn!