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Thoughts on Speaker Pelosi and Impeachment

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 04: U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi speaks during her weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on April 4, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
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May 21, 2019 1:49 p.m.

TPM Reader JP has thoughts about Nancy Pelosi and the difference between leading the Democratic caucus and being – whether she wants it or not – the Democrats current national leader. The inside game and the outside game, if you will. I have some comments in response below …

Was reading yet another reference to Pelosi’s infighting with her caucus:

In observing the public machinations and gyrations Speaker Pelosi continues to conduct regarding impeachment I found myself thinking back to the position she took during the ACA debate. More than anything I think it highlights the significant gap in her effectiveness at inside baseball (passage of legislation) and outside baseball (directing the public politics regarding a compelling national issue such as impeachment). Ultimately both goals are the same: keep your caucus unified and get a win for your side (and then sell the win to the country).

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