Nancy Pelosi’s built up an image on Capitol Hill as a master tactician.
Pelosi’s fans in the press present her as a combination of Genghis Khan and Margaret Thatcher.
But now Nancy Pelosi is hoping no one notices she just suffered this big defeat.
For the second year in a row the House of Representatives passed a bill making Washington, D.C. the 51st state which would create two permanent Democrat Senate seats making it nearly impossible for the GOP to ever win another Senate majority.
The legislation is set to die in the Senate.
Nancy Pelosi wants her base to believe D.C. statehood is dead on arrival in the Senate because Mitch McConnell and the Republicans filibustered the legislation.
Pelosi and other Democrats hope this talking point will build pressure on Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster so Democrats can pass their socialist wish list with just 51 votes.
But Pelosi isn’t telling the truth.
The D.C. statehood legislation stalled in the Senate because five Senate Democrats don’t support the bill.
1-Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), who co-sponsored D.C. statehood legislation the last go around: “I supported D.C. statehood so I haven’t really studied this bill enough to know whether I’m going to sponsor it or not.”
2-Sen. Angus King (I-Maine): “I’m not signed on yet. I’m still sort of pondering it. There are just other issues that I’m more engaged in at this point. I haven’t really dug into it.”
3-Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.): “We’re just still discussing it. I haven’t really gotten into any of that — I have so much other stuff going on.”
4-Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.): “Like a lot of things like this, I want to see the details. This is pretty straightforward, but in general I feel that every American has a right to representation in the United States Congress. And there are a lot of folks that live here in D.C. There are a lot of options to do that … I think our democracy is best served when folks have representation in the United States Congress.”
There is also Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-Ariz.), another mod, who hasn’t weighed in on this issue.
If Democrats think Washington, D.C. deserves Senate representation the easiest solution is retrocession and giving the territory outside the National Capital Service Area back to Maryland.
Maryland gave up the land for the capital and the founders wrote the Constitution to forbid statehood for the capital because they did not want the seat of the nation’s power beholden to an individual state.
The dirty secret Democrats don’t want to tell their voters is that it’s not the filibuster preventing the Senate from passing D.C. statehood, court-packing legislation, eliminating state right-to-work laws, banning firearms or imposing nationwide vote-by-mail mandates.
Republicans have yet to use the filibuster once this year.
The truth is Senate Democrats know this agenda is wildly unpopular and Chuck Schumer doesn’t even have 50 votes in the Senate to pass Nancy Pelosi’s base messaging bills.
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