Washington’s deep partisan divide rests at the feet of Republicans, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi told USA Today on Tuesday in a series of deeply partisan statements.
“Nothing deters voting more than confusion, ‘a pox on both your houses,’ and that confusion is one of the successes of the Republican Party,” Pelosi said, blaming Republicans for fostering a culture of enmity between the two parties while doing exactly that.
With important legislative battles looming on the horizon, the interview was meant to position herself and fellow Democrats in Congress as a bipartisan alternative to the “anti-government ideologues” in the Republican Party, despite the fact that labeling people “anti-government ideologues” is not likely to engender bipartisanship.
“One thing that is amazing that I don’t have an answer for people for is, why is it there can’t be a bipartisan jobs bill passed that is significant?” Pelosi wondered. “One (reason) is, they don’t want this president to have any successes.” Another reason could be that telling America’s largest newspaper that Republicans only want to see the President fail is not a great way to build bridges between parties already mired in mistrust.
When asked about how the Democrats can win back the house — and therefore no longer have to rely on the possibility of bipartisan legislation — Pelosi said “there’s really a heightened awareness (from voters) of Republicans’ obstructing, obstructing, obstructing everything that comes down the pike.” So don’t vote for them and then we can be nonpartisan again, basically.
A spokesperson for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor offered a pointed response to Pelosi’s statements. “Minority Leader Pelosi has voted against every jobs bill we’ve put forward this Congress,” said Rory Cooper, a person with a vested interest in making Pelosi and other congressional Democrats appear at fault for Washington’s never-ending cycle of gridlock and divide. “Rather than obstruct and play politics, perhaps she is ready to constructively work with us as some in her conference appear eager to do, and drop the extremism.” Indeed, we can only hope that by calling Pelosi an extremist, she will extend an olive branch and stop utilizing the poisonous rhetoric that fuels these petty squabbles.
In spite of repeatedly using incendiary language intended to demonize her political rivals, Pelosi remains optimistic the two parties can come together for America’s betterment.
“I think that there’s some glimmers that there’s a possibility of coming to a grand bargain, and the grander the better,” she said, presumably while stifling a laugh.