Made in America

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi won today's Democratic caucus vote to become the next Speaker of the House. House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer was elected as the next Majority Leader and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries was elected as the next caucus chairman.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin Governor-elect Tony Evers strongly implied that he'll be rolling back the Medicaid work requirements that Scott Walker just got approved just before the election.

Finally, CNN reports that Trump denied having any knowledge of Russian collusion in his formal answers to special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

President Donald Trump told special counsel Robert Mueller in writing that Roger Stone did not tell him about WikiLeaks, nor was he told about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son, campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

It seems significant to me that he's no longer claiming there was no collusion; he's simply saying he didn't know about any collusion.

  • katanahamon

    I can’t believe how genuinely corrupt the Republican Party is. I always suspected there was more going on, but the sheer illegality of Rump’s actions and those around him are just..shocking. I don’t see America recovering its ..reputation or even the ability to take “the moral high ground” on issues in the future. We are allowing a criminal to play at being president, and also allowing the Repubs to basically get away with murder while he does so. The whole thing stinks.

  • Aynwrong

    This fight over Pelosi is a waste of time. She knows what she’s doing and to be blunt, we’ve got bigger fish to fry.

    The one lesson I hope Democrats have learned over the last few years is how important local and state elections are. Wisconsin is hopefully going to prove that in a positive way.

    Trump will sell his children out to save himself. The question is, will he have to?

    • mnpollio

      The Speaker position is not a nothing position to be just handed off by rote and I am not sure why everyone acts like the Speaker position is owed to Pelosi. She has had a lengthy shot at the position with decidedly mixed results. No one ever holds her accountable for the stunning defeats and catastrophes that have plagued the Democrats in the last decade, but they are more than willing to praise her for any minor successes. Her “crowning achievement” – the passage of Obamacare – seemed to happen in spite of her rather than because of her. Let’s be honest, the Democratic supermajority at the time should have been able to comfortably pass that legislation, but it barely squeaked through and it was a nail-biter. Pelosi/Reid could never get a handle on the narrative. They consistently allowed the Republicans to decide the talking points and the arguments, allowed the Tea Party to run roughshod over everything, and were always constantly playing weak defense. They never had a strategy for thinking ahead and playing offense (on anything). And Pelosi was having problems even keeping the supermajority together for a vote because they buckling under the Tea Party attacks. And no – the recent mid-term win cannot be laid at her feet, so much as laid at the feet of people exhausted by Trumpers and people inspired by the new crop of passionate young candidates running her office in the Democratic Party [neither of which had a thing to do with Pelosi or Schumer].

      I have reconciled myself to the fact that we will get more of the same and hope for the best, but based on their past actions Pelosi (and Schumer) are all wrong to lead at this time. Even Pelosi’s most ardent supporters cite her strengths as being “a willingness to find common ground”, being a “peacekeeper”, and her efforts to find that ever elusive DC woodsnipe “bipartisanship”. None of those are strengths in this environment. They need bolder people that are willing to hold Trump and the Republicans accountable with actions – not more of the Pelosi/Schumer “there is nothing we can do” hand-wringing/pearl clutching from the sidelines. Does anyone remember when Pelosi/Reid or Pelosi/Schumer ever held Bush/Cheney or the Republicans accountable for anything? Neither do I. I had dinner Monday evening at a local Italian restaurant and the table next to me was filled with older women Democrats discussing the House position. Many of them honestly liked Pelosi, but were disappointed that she was not taking herself out of the mix for Speaker. As one succinctly put it – “The Republicans have acted as total irredeemable ass**les for the last 25 years and no one has held them accountable and they keep pushing the bar to see what they can get away with. Pelosi is a lovely lady, but she is too damn nice with them and nice can no longer cut it.”

      If she does get in (and she undoubtedly will) and holds them accountable, then I will admit I was incorrect and say hosanas to the sky. But if we get more of the same from her and Steny Hoyer and Schumer (and Schumer’s recent knuckling under to Trump about his border nonsense indicates just that) and the Trumpers walk away unscathed again, no one gets to complain when the Dems get a low voter turnout in 2020 and Trump reascends to the presidency.

      • Scopedog
      • Ken Kohl

        well, that was full of shit

      • Aynwrong

        You may have just convinced me.

        You make a lot of good points. Especially about never standing up to the R’s. I honestly don’t understand it. If they refuse to investigate Trump and call for consequences then I’ll support throwing them out. I just don’t want to see infighting in Democratic party.

        As far as the ACA is concerned, I disagree. I don’t think there was much the D’s, Pelosi included, to combat it. They were obviously caught off guard and having just finished reading Jane Mayer’s “Dark Money” I can understand why. It wasn’t merely the GOP they were up against. It was the combined forces of the GOP, Fox News, and every venal right wing billionaire and millionaire that Koch brothers had spent years organizing. The propaganda war was breathtaking.

        Also, D’s just don’t behave like R’s. They don’t walk in lock step. Sometimes I wish they did.