You knew Democrats are very comfortable with the idea of appearing generous by spending other people’s hard-earned money. But you may not have known just how generous at least one liberal Democrat leader in Washington, D.C., is with the political careers of her
minions, er, fellow members of her Congressional caucus:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged her colleagues to back a major overhaul of U.S. health care even if it threatens their political careers, a call to arms that underscores the issue’s massive role in this election year.
Lawmakers sometimes must enact policies that, even if unpopular at the moment, will help the public, Pelosi said in an interview being broadcast Sunday the ABC News program “This Week.” “We’re not here just to self-perpetuate our service in Congress,” she said. “We’re here to do the job for the American people.”
Easy to say when you don’t have to fear your own re-election, Madame Speaker. Pelosi makes Senator Michael Bennet look noble by comparison. Yes, it’s still bad policy — for your liberty and your pocketbook and quite possibly your health. After all, you can almost hear Pelosi saying:
Open wide and drink your Obama Care poison, er, medicine…. It’s good for me … I mean, for you.
But even so, at least Bennet’s own short-term job on Capitol Hill actually is at stake. Then again, looking noble by comparison to Nancy Pelosi isn’t exactly something you publish on your resume.