I just want to say that the U.S. Congress is the most dysfunctional group in the world. But it is led by the worst, most ineffective speaker that the U.S. House of Representatives has ever seen, Nancy Pelosi. This idiot was smiling in the press conference this afternoon after failing to get the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the financial bailout, something that needed to be done in some form.
Despite her claims, it was her fault that the bailout didn't pass. Throughout this entire process she said that the bailout bill needed to pass as a bipartisan effort.
But what does Pelosi do?
Right before the vote, Pelosi takes the floor and proceeds to rip President Bush and the Republicans over points of disagreement. Pelosi was being extremely partisan, EXTREMELY!
The prepared version of the speech, which is still be handed out by her office, was relatively tame. But the actual version she delivered today before the vote deviated quite radically.
Here is a sample:
This is the reason that the bill didn't pass. The ineffective leadership that Pelosi brings to the House is what is driving the partisanship and causing Congress to be the most dysfunctional group.
It was her plan all along to do this and make McCain and the Republicans look bad in the process.
As long as 30 years ago with Tip O'Neill was the Speaker of the House, you fought for what you believed in and then came together for the best of the country.
But what Nancy Pelosi did today was drive a dagger right through the heart of America. That is no way to run the House of Representatives or for a member of the U.S. Congress to act.
Lance from A Second Hand Conjecture sums it up best:
More importantly, if Pelosi believes her rhetoric about the importance of this bill the poor judgment, lack of leadership and inability to understand the importance of statesmanship in a crisis should be grounds for immediate dismissal from her post.
Shame on you Nancy Pelosi, SHAME! You are supposed to be a leader, the leader of the House of Representatives. But you did anything but lead today.