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Title: ‘The Squad,’ Not Nancy Pelosi, Runs The Show In Congress
Post by: corbe on September 15, 2020, 03:41:08 PM
‘The Squad,’ Not Nancy Pelosi, Runs The Show In Congress

Pelosi knows that if she wants to keep her troops together, there's only one direction she can go, even if it means arm-twisting the moderates —  because arm-twisting the progressives is too much work.

By Fred Lucas
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020


This article is an adapted excerpt from “Abuse of Power: Inside the Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s avoidance of impeachment was going to be one of many problems the House speaker would have with “The Squad.” Over the summer, her grip on power began to weaken, as she tried to put down a party rebellion.

Pelosi’s compromise border security funding bill initially had only nominal Democratic opposition. But The Squad, consisting of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, wanted to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not fund it. The Senate approved a bipartisan bill 84-8. The Squad’s tweetstorms, however, created outrage. The congresswomen went in front of the microphones to declare the bill inhumane because it didn’t gut immigration enforcement.

Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, tweeted that Democrats who voted for the compromise border bill were “hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”

Pelosi struggled but kept enough progressives on board to pass the bill. During a caucus meeting shortly thereafter, Pelosi told Democrats to stop attacking each other because “a majority is a fragile thing.” “You got a complaint?” she said. “You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”

The Squad Defies Pelosi

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https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/15/the-squad-not-nancy-pelosi-runs-the-show-in-congress/ (https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/15/the-squad-not-nancy-pelosi-runs-the-show-in-congress/)
Title: Re: ‘The Squad,’ Not Nancy Pelosi, Runs The Show In Congress
Post by: libertybele on September 15, 2020, 04:02:51 PM
‘The Squad,’ Not Nancy Pelosi, Runs The Show In Congress

Pelosi knows that if she wants to keep her troops together, there's only one direction she can go, even if it means arm-twisting the moderates —  because arm-twisting the progressives is too much work.

By Fred Lucas
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020


This article is an adapted excerpt from “Abuse of Power: Inside the Three-Year Campaign to Impeach Donald Trump.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s avoidance of impeachment was going to be one of many problems the House speaker would have with “The Squad.” Over the summer, her grip on power began to weaken, as she tried to put down a party rebellion.

Pelosi’s compromise border security funding bill initially had only nominal Democratic opposition. But The Squad, consisting of Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, and Ayanna Pressley, wanted to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, not fund it. The Senate approved a bipartisan bill 84-8. The Squad’s tweetstorms, however, created outrage. The congresswomen went in front of the microphones to declare the bill inhumane because it didn’t gut immigration enforcement.

Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, tweeted that Democrats who voted for the compromise border bill were “hell bent to do to black and brown people today what the old Southern Democrats did in the 40s.”

Pelosi struggled but kept enough progressives on board to pass the bill. During a caucus meeting shortly thereafter, Pelosi told Democrats to stop attacking each other because “a majority is a fragile thing.” “You got a complaint?” she said. “You come and talk to me about it. But do not tweet about our members and expect us to think that that is just OK.”

The Squad Defies Pelosi

<..snip..>

https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/15/the-squad-not-nancy-pelosi-runs-the-show-in-congress/ (https://thefederalist.com/2020/09/15/the-squad-not-nancy-pelosi-runs-the-show-in-congress/)

As much as I'd like to see Nutty Nancy retire, I fear that a member of 'The Squad' will become the next Speaker of the House or House minority leader.