In his day, the late Congressman Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., from Baltimore, Maryland, saw Presidents Roosevelt and Truman at this rostrum. But nothing could compare with the sight of his only daughter, Nancy, presiding tonight as speaker of the House of Representatives. (Cheers, applause.) Congratulations, Madame Speaker! Congratulations.
She's such a smart dresser! Seriously though, even when I thought it folly of her to support Murtha over Hoyer and then pass over Harman for intelligence, I had to agree with her style.
Reward loyalty, and give everyone who's crossed you a hard time.
That's what life's all about. It would be different if we were Vulcans — we'd all be making decisions best suited to resolving a situation. But as political animals, we humans have to protect and bolster the ones close to us and who think like us. I hate to allude to our president's way of thinking, but "You're either with me or you're not."
So what did Pelosi do in her first 100 days in Congress? Passed bills to
1. implement 9/11 Commission recommendations (cargo inspections)
2. raise the minimum wage
3. lower interest rates on federally subsidized student loans
4. expand stem cell research
5. force the government to negotiate the prices of prescription drugs under Medicare
6. reimpose $15 billion in fees, royalties and taxes on the oil industry
Sure, the Senate will mangle a few of these and then the President will use a veto or two, but Nancy Pelosi has impressed me, the misogynist.
UPDATE: My opinion of the lady with the Botoxed mug has seriously deteriorated.