If you thought Marie Antoinette's reputed putdown of the starvingFrench masses, "Let them eat cake!" was pretty outrageous,
consider Nancy Pelosi's action in adjourning the
United States Senate for five weeks until September 8
to prevent the Senate from voting on a Republican sponsored bill to offer
some relief to the gasoline/diesel starved people
of the United States.
Adjourning the Senate for political advantage over the Republicans is bad enough, but when you consider that she immediately left for a book-signing
tour for her new book, Know Your Power, it becomes really outrageous.
It is bad enough that the book has received terrible reviews and that her
act of adjournment was an exercise of her own raw power
as Speaker of the House, but by her action she seems
to be saying of the plight of the American People:
"Let them read my book
MARIE ANTOINETTE, THE BOOK TOUR
Some House Democrats are privately fuming at the pickle Speaker Nancy Pelosi put them in when she turned off the lights in the House chamber and breezed out of Washington for the summer recess without addressing voter concerns about high gas prices.
By denying Republicans a chance to make floor speeches about the gas crisis on the day Congress was set to adjourn, she set off an ongoing protest on the House floor that has garnered much publicity.
The Republican floor protest was a completely spontaneous reaction against her heavy-handed tactics. Since then, many Democratic Members have been pressed by voters at town hall meetings and radio call-in shows about why they won't allow a vote on the GOP proposal for more domestic oil production.
"It's annoying," one Democratic House Member admitted to me. "We don't go back in session until September 8 and this leaves us hanging out there the whole time."
Even more annoying to some Democrats is that Speaker Pelosi's rush to adjourn and leave town seems to have been motivated in part by her desire to start a book tour promoting her new memoir "Know Your Power."
(Retrieved from John Fund's article on today's
Wall Street Journal Online Political Diary Online)