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Crazy Horse:

I was thrilled when she became Speaker. I'm appalled at what she's done with it.

If you know her personally, how do you explain what happened?

Is Bush running some kind of secret Stalinist state, threatening pols with exposure of their nasty little personal interests and backhanders?

Do the restrooms in Congress have something strange in the water?

A lot of people are baffled. I'm baffled. Is it really true that these fine principled politicians turn into sell-outs as soon as someone waves some cash at them?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 03:23:45 PM EST
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She comes from a political family, and i think the roots of power/compromise came out strongly.  Further, as the first woman Speaker, she likely got lost in making sure she looked good for the concept that women could do the job.

Another part of the game is that she represented San Francisco, so she could be very liberal without worry.  But as Speaker, she was responsible to the whole country's demographic, and became what she really was... prudent.

Ultimately, i believe she was always beholden to top-level corporate interests, as shown by the deal she made for the Presidio, where in essence one of the most beautiful and valuable pieces of urban land in the world was "privatized."

I've never had the chance to speak candidly with her since i've moved here, and can't foresee the opportunity.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin

by Crazy Horse on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 04:48:18 PM EST
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I think one should think beyond the personal dimension. Pelosi et al might act as they act to preserve their power within the party when they know there are defectors within the party who would not go along with a tougher liberal line.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Jun 21st, 2008 at 06:09:37 PM EST
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