President Nancy Pelosi?
Posted by David Keelan on Thursday, April 5, 2007
Maybe Secretary of State.
Anyway, when I saw that the Speaker was traveling to the Middle East I really didn’t think much of it – at first. I certainly didn’t understand President Bush’s concerns either. I kept thinking about it and thinking about it. What could she do? Start a war with Dubai?
Then the flap in Syria when she misrepresented statements from Israel’s Prime Minister Olmert. Treating Assad like he was the queen of the ball instead of the fiend even the Post agrees that he is. I just rolled my eyes – she doesn’t make foreign policy and she is just making an #$$ of herself I thought to myself. I wondered “What do these people think of her?” I think she is in over her head in foreign policy and the Israeli government was very kind to her in their response to Pelosi’s “break through peace deal”. She meets privately with Olmert for the first time in her life and walks away with a foreign policy break through – hooray! She must have had loads of her staff negotiating with Israel and Syria for the last three months.
Then the Washington Post put it into perspective for me.
The Speaker of the House is two heartbeats away from the oval office. What they say and do matters – a lot. Perhaps Bush had an idea of what Pelosi was up to. Maybe he was concerned about her inexperience in foreign affairs. Maybe he was trying to protect the rights of the Executive Branch – after all the Executive is responsible for foreign relations and not either chamber in Congress.
As the Washington Post said:
HOUSE SPEAKER Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) offered an excellent demonstration yesterday of why members of Congress should not attempt to supplant the secretary of state when traveling abroad.
Granted other members of congress have made similar trip even very recently. But as the Post reminds us:
…those other congressmen didn’t try to introduce a new U.S. diplomatic initiative in the Middle East. “We came in friendship, hope, and determined that the road to Damascus is a road to peace,” Ms. Pelosi grandly declared.
You have to read the rest of the editorial. It is scathing. The sense is that Mrs. Pelosi is full of herself at the moment.
After coming off of a major legislative victory (funding the “war on terror” with an expiration date) she must feel pretty good. Never mind she had to bribe 1/2 of her party members with pork projects (business as usual – somethings will never change) to squeak by a victory, had to put down a minor revolt in her party (congratulations), and she hasn’t enough clout/bribes to muster a veto override. Soon the fruits of this victory will turn to ashes in her mouth.
Speaker Pelosi is going to be a major stumbling block for Democratic Congressional and Presidential hopefuls in 2008 until she comes back down to earth, gets some practical work done, is careful about what she (as speaker of the house) says in diplomatic circles, or better yet leave it to the professionals.