Nancy Pelosi says she can’t understand what all the fuss is about, but when it comes to a “war on women,” this one takes the cake.
The House minority leader, a limousine lib who claims that women’s empowerment and family leave entitlements are key issues for her party, is taking a pounding in the court of public opinion over her refusal to allow Democrat Rep. Tammy Duckworth to cast a conference vote by proxy because she can’t travel to D.C. from Illinois for health reasons.
Sexist: Questioning Pelosi’s crappy leadership. Not sexist: Pelosi refusing to accomodate a pregnant House member. https://t.co/0dOoDNvR0s
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) November 17, 2014
Duckworth’s health issues include being eight months pregnant, as well as being a double amputee who lost her legs when the helicopter she was piloting was shot down over Iraq in 2004.
They might sound like pretty good reasons to cut the congresswoman some slack, but for Pelosi, being a pregnant Army vet who gave both legs to her country’s service just isn’t that big of a deal.
“The rules of the caucus are the same as the rules of the House — no proxy voting — and [allowing Duckworth to vote] would require changing rules of the caucus as different from rules of the House,” Pelosi said during a news conference Monday, according to The Hill. “She understood that full well.”
The vote in question is pretty obscure to the outside-the-Beltway world: two Dems are competing for seats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pelosi favors one, Duckworth supports the other, and Pelosi wants to keep Duckworth’s vote out of the mix.
But the principle is pretty clear. Nancy Pelosi’s support for women and family leave and all the other Democrat claptrap stops cold when hardball, petty politics get in the way. And, boy, did the Twitter world take notice.
Nancy Pelosi seems positively flummoxed by the notion Rep. Duckworth wants to do her job while pregnant https://t.co/0SSZH9KAmF — Amy (@moderncomments) November 17, 2014
@moderncomments Pelosi: “If Duckworth was serious about her job, she should have got an abortion” — ProLifeIN (@idideat4414505) November 18, 2014
Sarcasm and abortion jibes aside, the general reaction wasn’t so much surprise at Pelosi’s decision, but her disingenuous, “why-all-the-fuss” attitude about it. Her party is the one that set itself up — dishonestly — as the champion of women. Now, she pretends she can’t understand why it should be held to account on the terms she chose.
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