A real Speaker of the House ~BrianInNYC

As this week draws to a close I thought it appropriate to take a moment and acknowledge the efforts of the speaker in crafting health care reform.  From everything I’ve read the House bill seems to be very well crafted and will greatly improve the lives of 10s millions of American, including myself!  For more info on the bill I suggest you go over to True/Slant and check out Rick Unger’s break down of the bill (I’ll post the links at the end of this)

I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m a big fan of Nancy Pelosi, it’s been a very  long time since we’ve had truly powerful Speak of the House and I think we as nation have suffered for it.  Even when the president and the speaker are of the same party a powerful speaker serves as counter to presidential power.  Being the president’s lap dog never serves the republic well, I don’t think history will have a lot to say about Dennis Hastert, one way or another.  The different personalities of each party might have a lot to do with why so few Republican speakers go on to become political legends as Tip O’Neill and Sam Rayburn did, after all it’s take a lot of talent to corral a herd of cats!   Republicans tend to walk in lock step we Dems rarely do.

I think this week we got to see just how effective a Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has become.

House health care reform bill – Division A Title II in a ‘nutshell’
House health care bill in a ‘nutshell’ – the creation of the Health Insurance Exchange


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26 responses to “A real Speaker of the House ~BrianInNYC

  1. dnd

    Nancy P. will never be a Sam Rayburn or Tip O’Neill. Why? Because:
    1. She’s an Italian-American
    2. She represents San Francisco
    3. Good God people, she’s a WOMAN!

    Ok, actually I think the reason she won’t be remembered in that light is because times is different. Rayburn worked with Ike. O’Neill drank with Reagan. With the polarized fever now, no one on the other side of the isle will talk with Speaker Pelosi. I don’t know if they’re afraid of her or afraid of the perception of working with her. Either way, it’s not good for America.

  2. I don’t think you’re right d, If Obama is reelected and we hold the House for the next few elections she could become legendary.

  3. Ok, my first post while using Windows 7

  4. dnd

    How appropriate for Halloween.

  5. dnd

    I think Pelosi and her “Baltimore” style of politics is already legendary. My point was that she won’t be remembered in the same vein as Rayburn or O’Neill. Probably more like Joseph Cannon. 😉

  6. dnd

    Unger needs to read the rest of the bill (and use spell-check on his posts).

    The problem with Pelosi-care is that it doesn’t bend the cost curve. It doesn’t address fee-for-service, defensive-medicine, or the tax advantages business enjoys. Consequently premiums, whether from the public option or from private carriers, will remain high.

  7. nannymm

    Pelosi-care??? Isn’t that the new repug label courtesy of Frank Luntz?

  8. nannymm

    OK, now I’m worried. Dede Scozafava has withdrawn fron the NY 23 special election. That leaves Hoffman, the conservative nut job, to battle it out against Owens, the Dem. I was fairly confident that Owens would win before; now I’m very concerned. If Scozafava’s moderate repugs go to Hoffman, I will be in a wing nut district. Hoffman has been endorsed by Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman… *shudder* So that should give you all a clue to what Hoffman is like. Guess I will be spending my time campaigning for the next few days.

  9. Phillies’ aren’t having such a good night!

    yes nanny things are getting strange in your district, a real nail biter.

  10. dnd

    Frank Rich give you some reasons to campaign for Hoffman:


  11. *stretches and yawns*

    That wasn’t a game last night, that was a slaughter!

  12. nannymm

    It was beautiful to watch, wasn’t it, Brian?

  13. It certainly was! So what do you think is going to happen up there on Tuesday nanny?

  14. nannymm

    I just don’t know, Brian. It all depends on Scozafava’s voters. Whoever gets the majority of her voters will win. Some of my Republican friends are not happy with the way Hoffman and the right-wingers have challenged Scozafava and forced her out of the race. If they vote for Owens to protest and teach the conservatives a lesson, Owens will win. If they go with Hoffman anyway, he’ll win. So the question is really who Scozafava’s voters are. My guess is that they are the moderates who are quite upset with the right wingers and embarrassed by Hoffman’s supporters, including Glenn Beck, Rush, Carabou Barbie, and Dick Armey. If I’m correct, they will either stay home or go for Owens. If they stay home, Hoffman is likely to eak out a small majority. If they go for Ownes, Owens will win. So, it’s all up to Dede and her voters. I heard this morning that the White House has been talking to her and asking her to throw her support to Owens. If that happens, it’s over for Hoffman.

    There has been a great deal of polling her in the past 24hrs. I received two calls from different polling groups yesterday. Both were clearly interested in how Scozafava’s withdrawal would impact the race. I’m eager to see the results of those and other polls.
    Now, it’s time to make the Sunday gravy and start the pasta dough for my ravioli.

  15. dnd

    Since when does MLB use instant replay? Oh yeah, when the Yankees are losing.
    Blanton will kick ass tonight.

  16. nannymm

    That sounds like sour grapes, dnd.

  17. dnd

    Of course it’s sour grapes. MLB doesn’t use instant replay. So they changed the rules when the Yankees were losing.

    If they wanted to see if the ball hit the camera, all they needed to do was look at the camera and the ball. It had to leave a mark.

  18. nannymm

    Sorry, dnd, you’re mistaken. The limited instant replay rules were begun in August 2008.

    “Major League Baseball will institute the use of instant replay on Thursday to determine disputed home run calls — fair or foul, in or out of the ballpark, fan interference — Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Tuesday.”

    Just because you don’t like the call and hate the Yankees, doesn’t mean you should mis-represent the facts. The rules were NOT changed for the Yankees.

  19. nannymm

    More proof that no rules were changed “when the Yankees were losing.”

    “Umpiring crew chief Gerry Davis said that the umpires had already determined while inspecting Citizens Bank Park prior to the game that a ball hitting the camera would be a home run. “Because we cannot control what the cameraman does with the camera, one of the specific ground rules is when the ball hits the camera, home run,” he said.”

  20. Scozafava is now supporting the Dem, what fun!

  21. nannymm

    I’m waiting for her to switch parties. 😀

  22. nannymm

    Yankees win another one!!! Go, Yeankees!!!
    I wonder what gripes “the sour grapes crowd” will come up with today. Ha Ha!

  23. nannymm

    Oops! That should be “GO YANKEES!!!”

  24. morning peeps, go Yankees indeed

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