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It’s happening right now Pelosi and Clinton are speaking. Interesting conversation. 

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Nancy Pelosi goes bonkers on House floor, chases GOP rep across the chamber to yell at him


Even for Nancy Pelosi, today’s display on the House floor was especially insane.  During Rep. Tom Marino’s speech, she ran across the House floor to interrupt him after he pointed out that the House did nothing to stop the border crisis under her leadership.  After he finished, she chased him down again to berate him. 

from ABC News:

In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.

“We don’t have law and order,” Marino began as he wrapped up his comments on the border supplemental. “My colleagues on the other side don’t want to do anything about it.”

“Under the leadership of their former leader, when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed,” he continued. “They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it.”

Off-mic, Pelosi then seemed to challenge Marino’s assertion that Democrats did not do anything about the issue when they had majority control.

“Yes it is true,” Marino replied directly to Pelosi, who was House speaker in those years. “I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”

Marino then urged lawmakers to support the border supplemental because “apparently I hit the right nerve.”
After Marino concluded his remarks, Pelosi quickly crossed the chamber, enraged, pointing and sticking her finger in Marino’s face.

She then followed Marino up a Republican aisle, and continued arguing with him. Another Republican member spoke out to tell the chair that the House was not in order, in an effort to halt the bickering.

read the rest (h/t SooperMexican)

Here’s video of Morino’s speech in which you can see Pelosi scampering across the House floor to interrupt him:

Pelosi’s office is explaining her bizarre behavior by saying she wanted to point out that under her leadership the House passed the DREAM act (which later died in the Senate).  This is utterly laughable because the promise of the DREAM act and Obama’s like-minded executive orders are the primary reason for the flood of illegal immigrant minors flooding across the Southern border.

Nancy Pelosi on staffing out the hard stuff:

“But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”

Justice Scalia: reading the ACA in full is a violation of the Eighth Amendement:

You really want us to go through these 2,700 pages? And do you really expect the Court to do that? 

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-TX) discussing his preferred approach to immigration reform:

I think a step-by-step approach is more effective to achieve a comprehensive result than one single bill jammed through that nobody knows what’s in. 

What really blows my mind when I hear elected and appointed leaders reject omnibus legislation like the ACA or immigration reform on grounds of the bill’s printed-paper weight is what constitutes a ‘page’ in congress. 

I mean look at it! That’s an 8.5x11 sheet of printer paper with 4” margins allowing for about 400 words per page. At 2,700 pages (including table of contents), that’s about a million words in the ACA. 

For comparison: There’s something like a half million words in the Old Testament. 

  • Atlas Shrugged - 561,996 words
  • Fountain Head - 311,596 words
  • Crime and Punishment - 211,591 words

I had to read more than that in a week of American Politics 200. Grow the fuck up. You’re in congress for god’s sake. Besides, how many words are in the Ryan budget?

Pelosi Got 193 Votes, Boehner Got 28

David Brooks, who thinks today’s leaders can’t lead their parties, drops this turd, “Parties have trouble being led from the top”. 

Nancy Pelosi was able to get all but two of her caucus to vote aye [on the ‘clean’ budget]. Boehner couldn’t even control his so-called leadership team.

Another false “both sides do it” lazy GOP talking point as spread by the laziest of shills, David Brooks.

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