What a confusing woman. If she thinks this will get people to like her (and keep her in power a little while longer), she’s wrong.
But we are intrigued by what she has to say.
Pelosi said earlier this week that the Democratic Party should not impose support for abortion rights as a “litmus test” on its candidates. It needs to be a broad and inclusive agenda in order to win back the socially conservative voters.
What she is basically saying is that Hillary and the Dems were too pro-choice so those voters who have Democrat values in all areas except abortion, didn’t vote for them. They voted for Trump. And we all know how Pelosi feels about Trump.
This woman will say anything to get a vote…
“This is the Democratic Party. This is not a rubber-stamp party.
“I grew up Nancy D’Alesandro, in Baltimore, Maryland; in Little Italy; in a very devout Catholic family; fiercely patriotic; proud of our town and heritage, and staunchly Democratic. Most of those people — my family, extended family — are not pro-choice. You think I’m kicking them out of the Democratic Party?”
With the 2018 election on the horizon, we are thinking Pelosi is doing everything in her power to be more “likable”.
What do you think about her comments?
Newly installed Democratic National Committee Chairman Thomas Perez and former presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) came under criticism by abortion rights advocates during their “unity tour” last month, when they appeared together at a rally for an Omaha mayoral candidate who has sponsored legislature bills to restrict abortion.
Perez responded with a statement declaring that support for abortion rights is “nonnegotiable” for Democrats, and that they should speak with “one voice” on it.
At the time, Pelosi bristled at the party chairman’s comments, saying on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on April 23 that “of course” it is possible for an abortion opponent to be a member of the Democratic Party. She added that she has served for many years in Congress with colleagues of her party who do not share her own liberal views on the subject.
Pelosi took her argument a step further:
“In our caucus, one thing unifies us: our values about working families. Some people are more or less enthusiastic about this issue or that issue or that issue. They’ll go along with the program, but their enthusiasm is about America’s working families.”
She also suggested that the party’s presumed rigidity on social issues is one reason that Democrats were unable to appeal to segments of the electorate that might otherwise have been in tune with their broader agenda.
“You know what? That’s why Donald Trump is president of the United States — the evangelicals and the Catholics, anti-marriage equality, anti-choice. That’s how he got to be president,” she said. “Everything was trumped, literally and figuratively by that.”
Obviously, this did not sit well with pro-abortion advocates. Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, had some harsh words for the Minority Leader.
“Encouraging and supporting anti-choice candidates leads to bad policy outcomes that violate women’s rights and endanger our economic security.
“If the Democratic Party is going to gain back power, it can’t go backward, it can’t back down and it can’t trade away these principles.”
It looks like, maybe, Pelosi can convince a few voters to come over to her side if she is less of an abortion supporter.
But she would then risk losing her support from pro-abortion groups.
Which is it going to be Pelosi?
We will have to wait and see…