Nancy Pelosi's Odd Victory Lap

By John W. Lillpop

If one did not know better, one would have thought that Nancy Pelosi was being installed for another term as Speaker of the House.

Indeed, the deposed Speaker was perfectly radiant with smiles and good cheer; signs one would expect from a politician who had won a particularly brutal battle but who, in the end, had been vindicated.

She spoke endlessly about her many notable achievements and that of the 111Th Congress. It was though John Boehner and the army of conservative Republicans waiting in the wings to take over did not exist.

Smile, smile, and more smiles.

Never mind that three score plus House Democrats joined the ranks of the unemployed as of January 5th, a historic purging that many attribute to Pelosi’s far-left ideological bent and heavy-handed skulduggery in administering the business of the House.

Never mind that just moments earlier, 19 surviving Democrats voted against Pelosi in an election to select House minority leader.

Never mind that the presidency of Barack Obama was officially effectively run into a ditch with Pelosi and Senator Harry Reid behind the wheel.

Never mind that the American people roundly rejected the far-left policies that are held in such high esteem in San Francisco, but with utter contempt in most other parts of the nation.

From the show that she was putting on, one would naturally assume that January 5 was a great day in Pelosi’s life and an occasion for celebration and victory laps.

In the end, however, the show ended and Nancy Pelosi reluctantly handed the Speaker’s gavel over to John Boehner.

Thus, the People’s House is (hopefully) back in the hands of a leader who will listen to the will of the people.