Opportunistic Republican complaints about Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi have received the lion’s share of attention, but a stronger anti-Pelosi current of opinion comes from the progressive side of American politics. As Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi has protected George W. Bush and Dick Cheney from accountability, has helped to cover up torture, has kept America at war, and as helped to pass laws establishing Big Brother government spying against American citizens.
Nancy Pelosi has also been part of a move by the top Democratic Party leadership to exclude consideration of single-payer health care concepts from discussion of health care reform. So, on Friday, a group of over 200 progressives against Pelosi gathered outside her office in the San Francisco Federal Building to protest her role in blocking consideration of single-payer health care plans.
The imbalanced political position Nancy Pelosi has placed herself in is expressed beautifully, I think, by the uncomfortable expression on the face of Pelosi aide Michael Herbert, as shown in this photograph taken during Friday’s protest.
“Didn’t… sign… up to… defend… corporate… baloney… must… not… allow… head… to explode… need… extra… mochaccino…”