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The quotable Pelosi

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi was asked about health-care reform at a small gathering of writers and columnists. Her reply:

I've said to my colleagues, go in the door. The door's locked? Go to the gate. The gate's locked? Climb over the fence. It's too high? Pole vault in. That doesn't work? Parachute in. We have to get this done for the American people one way or another.

Now, compare that to how the Senate is talking.

By Ezra Klein  |  January 28, 2010; 3:07 PM ET
 
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Even if the Senate were poised to do what we hope, would we expect the rhetoric to be any different out of Landrieu?

Isn't she going to be one of the "Nays" under reconciliation?

Posted by: cbaratta | January 28, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

To quote Mr. Spock in Star Trek IV:

Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?

Posted by: billkarwin | January 28, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to suspect that the Senate might not, in fact, be the world's greatest deliberative body.

Posted by: adamiani | January 28, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Go, Nancy, go! Do or do not. There is no try.

Posted by: slag | January 28, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

My neighbor says he's going to win the gold medal in women's skating. He hasn't told me precisely how he's going to do that, but he tells me where there's a will, there's a way; quitters never win, and winners never quit; yada yada yada. Gotta give him credit, I guess.

Posted by: ostap666 | January 28, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I can live with Landrieu's inane comments -- the clock's ticking on her, by the way -- but if we start to hear similar things from, say, Feinstein or Bill Nelson or Mark Warner, then we'll know the legislation is dead.

Posted by: scarlota | January 28, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Wow. With fighting words like that, you'd almost think she has complete job security and represents one of the most liberal constituencies in the country.

Go get 'em Nance. The American public is going to love this bill. Promise.

Posted by: bgmma50 | January 28, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

So why exactly have they not already passed the Senate Bill in the House? Pelosi should at least schedule a vote, I really want to see which Democrats are going to vote against it. Otherwise, I guess we'll have to throw out the entire Democratic party in November.

Posted by: opinionpieces | January 28, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't actually reduce the cost of health care? We'll just get rich people to pay for other people's overpriced care.

Posted by: staticvars | January 29, 2010 12:51 AM | Report abuse


Vault, leap, sprint, pirouette, shimmy,
or slither,
but PASS THE DAMN BILL!

(Join this non-movement movement and spread those words.)

Posted by: dcunning1 | January 29, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi has never uttered anything worth remembering -to my recollection. During Obama's inane, childish blurb of naivete`, she sat behind him with a chemical, frozen smile, and jumping up and down like the proverbial "Jack-in-the-box" every time he managed to string more than 6 words together in a semi-coherent statement. Some "Speaker of the House"! Where is Newt when we desperately need him?

Posted by: churchlionjudah | January 29, 2010 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Hey, how about this novel concept - Why don't ALL members of Congress live by their decisions just like the rest of us "common" citizens? Social Security doesn't get a Cost of Living increase for 2 years? Then no raises for Congress or their staff members. Medicare being cut by the Health Care Bill? Congress and their staff should have their health benefits cut in the same way. Pelosi makes a lot of money as Speaker, let her use her salary to travel back and forth to California instead of having an Air Force jet and ground crews at both ends ready at her beck and call. If she were to ride out to California in a prop plane, she really could parachute into the House like she proposes.

Posted by: rogerwardus | January 29, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

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