Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in brief remarks alongside Rep. Adam Schiff, told reporters that Democrats were bound and determined to pass gun control legislation, regardless of how long it takes, regardless of what else is taking place in the political world, regardless of how many stones Second Amendment supporters throw into the way.
Take this as a threat.
“We’re not going away until we get legislation signed into law that protects our children,” she said in a brief video posted by The Hill.
Her determination shouldn’t be dismissed.
In between all the whistleblowing-slash-Ukraine-slash-impeachment brouhaha brewing and bustling about Capitol Hill, remember: Pelosi is the one who kept up the fight for Obamacare, when most others thought it was a dead deal.
“Nancy Pelosi’s Fight: How She Revived Obamacare After Democrats Left It For Dead,” The Intercept wrote in November of 2018.
“It is dangerous to underestimate Nancy Pelosi,” Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote in a piece for the Financial Times in June.
It’s not that Pelosi is particularly skilled with people, or that she’s got a diplomatic touch that rivals Midas’ in terms of turning sour grapes to gold.
It’s that she’s been so long on Capitol Hill that she knows where all the bodies are buried.
She was first elected to Congress in 1987 — and if you think a woman rises to the top of legislative power, where no other woman in U.S. legislative history has gone before, without trading a few favors for favors, without greasing a few palms, without becoming schooled in the art of strongarm politicking, well then, take this left-handed wrench. Go trade it for a right-handed ratchet.
In other words: You’re a fool.
Pelosi is a long-time politician because she’s learned how to play the political game.
She’s maintained leadership of the Democratic Party in the House because she’s learned how to offer carrots and apply sticks with equal skill.
And she’s done it all, seemingly, absent the burden of conscience and soul.
On Sept. 29, she tweeted: “This week, in addition to officially launching a formal impeachment inquiry into @realDonaldTrump’s abuses of power, we continued the fight to #EndGunViolence and met … to discuss the #EqualityAct.”
That same day, Pelosi also tweeted: “@SenateMajLdr McConnell seems to think he can wait out the calls for him to bring up background check legislation. He’s wrong — we aren’t going anywhere.”
Pelosi, along with her fellow anti-Second Amendment leftist-leaning zealots, aren’t going anywhere at all.
The fight for law-abiding Americans to maintain their God-given rights to self-defend, via the Second Amendment, isn’t going to end any time soon. Forewarned is forearmed.
• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter, @ckchumley.
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