Sister Christian, oh the time has come. And you know that you’re the only one, to say O.K. Where you going? What you looking for? You know those boys don’t want to play no more with you. It’s true you’re motoring. What’s your price for flight? In finding mister right you’ll be alright tonight. So begins the 1984 ballad written by Kelly Keagy and performed by Night Ranger. The song hit number 32 and was the band’s biggest hit.
Someone who the boys decided to continue to play with is Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. I can’t for the life of me understand why unless she has files on her members similar to those maintained by Frank Underwood.
Congresswoman Pelosi currently represents California’s 12th district which is basically the city of San Francisco. She was first elected to Congress nearly 30 years ago, and became the first woman to be elected Speaker of the House in 2007. Since Pelosi became speaker, the House of Representatives was 54.6 percent Democrat, the departing congress was 43.2 percent Democrat and the incoming congress will be only 44.6 percent Democrat. Not a great record under Congresswoman Pelosi.
Maintaining a majority is not the only job of the party leadership. They also have to pass the party’s agenda. Here Ms. Pelosi has had mixed results. She successfully pushed the Affordable Care Act through the House of Representatives, a major goal of the Democrat Party; however, as she herself stated, the bill was so convoluted that Congress had to pass it so they could find out what was in it. Indeed, even if one is a fan of socialized medicine and government programs, it is difficult to call Obamacare a resounding success. On social issues, a major goal of the party, obtaining full civil rights for people no matter what their orientation is, has been accomplished rapidly; however, this was more a state level battle than a Federal one and the Defense of Marriage Act (something that is definitely not pro-gay) was passed during Ms. Pelosi’s tenure.
In fact, over the past eight years including those where Pelosi was both Speaker and Minority Leader, Congress has been fairly unproductive, and few if any initiatives sponsored by her party have passed.
So why was she once again reelected to represent the Democrats in Congress, winning two-thirds of the vote? One word – money. This is what greases Capitol Hill and it is one thing that Ms. Pelosi and her millionaire husband are great at raising money from the Democratic stronghold of California, and particularly from Hollywood and Silicon Valley. This is the grease that now keeps the Democratic machine running now that the blue collar union members have begun to abandon it. It also shows just how deep the swamp in Washington DC is, and how hard it will be for even an outsider like President-elect Trump to drain it.
I wish the Democrats well with their choice. I’m not sure they know where they are going or what they are looking for, but it seems that at least for now, the voters don’t want to play no more.