Thursday, December 01, 2016

December 1, 2016--Pelosi & Warren

Yesterday on display was the current face of the Democratic Party.

Just three weeks after getting trounced at all levels, from state legislatures to governorships to the House of Representatives as well as the Senate and White House, after falling further behind, who was being featured as the leaders around whom progressives are supposed to rally?

Nancy Polosi who at 76 was reelected to yet another term as House Democratic Leader and first-term senator Elizabeth Warren who was widely quoted for slamming Donald Trump's picks to head up his economic team--billionaires Wilbur Ross to be Secretary of Commerce and Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury.

Pelosi one way or the other is on her political last legs--House insurgents managed to muster about one-third of their members to oppose her and this is likely, hopefully, to be her last hurrah.

Warren, on the other hand, is already propelling herself forward as the presumptive Democratic nominee for 2020. Yes, 2020. Thus, it is more important to pay attention to what she does and has to say.

Here is a glimpse--

Yesterday, in a media blitz, during which she railed against Trump's appointments--fair enough as they do not promise to be auspicious leaders, wired as they are into Wall Street--but also issued a number of more generic salvos that are worth noting. Minimally, they expose the full scope of her unbounded ambition and how when the camera is on even Professor Warren can get herself all tangled up in nonsense.

 On CNN, for example, after taking some well-aimed shots at Ross for Commerce and Mnuchin for Treasury (thankfully resisting mispronouncing the latter's name), she went on to rant--

"I mean, Donald Trump is the one who said one thing during the campaign and now has reversed that by180 degrees."

As a patriot, in the spirit of consistency, would she prefer Trump to stick to some of his absurd views about climate change, torture, and the alt-right, views he changed, among others, when he met with executives and reporters for the New York Times? Shouldn't she and we prefer this to Trump's clinging to his previously-declared extreme views? Not, I suppose, if one is already in full flagrant pursuit of the presidency.

It's going to be a long four years.

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