Trying to explain away the reason the House of Representatives has been so ineffective in getting anything done Speaker Nancy Pelosi got defensive:
With fewer than 20 legislative days before the new fiscal year begins Oct. 1, the entire appropriations process has largely ground to a halt because of the ham-handed fighting that followed Republican attempts to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas exploration. And after promising fairness and open debate, Pelosi has resorted to hard-nosed parliamentary devices that effectively bar any chance for Republicans to offer policy alternatives.Pelosi insists that she is in charge and things are going to be done her way. Will she also accept that she is responsible for not getting anything done?
“I’m trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she says impatiently when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”
“I respect the office that I hold,” she says. “And when you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.”
[editor's note: above is an audio interpretation of Pelosi's remarks.]
We all know the answer to that. Democrats daily demand a high standard of accountability for Republicans but never for themselves. It will be up to the voters to decide whether paying $4 a gallon for gas is the kind of "change" they voted for in 2006.