Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Ann Arbor, Mich., tonight promoting her new book. Next week she'll make stops in several California cities before swinging through Denver on her way to the Democratic National Convention (view complete schedule). Unfortunately for Pelosi, Americans aren't buying it -- the book has an Amazon sales rank of 1,567.
As she talks about her legacy in posh book stores, millions of Americans are struggling to fill up their gas tanks. Pelosi, meanwhile, has repeatedly dismissed the Republican revolt taking place on the U.S. House floor, refusing to address the No. 1 issue facing our country by blocking a vote in Congress. Yesterday she disgracefully mocked the GOP's call for more energy exploration.
Republicans aren't letting her get away with it. House GOP Whip Roy Blunt, who led Republicans onto the floor today, put it bluntly: "Why is Nancy Pelosi taking care of personal business rather than the people's business?" His colleague, Republican Policy Chairman Thaddeus McCotter, came to RedState to mock Pelosi's "Politburo Palace Guard" known as MoveOn.org for launching a counter-protest.
Blunt was fired up when we spoke his afternoon. Shortly after opening the day's unofficial session, he went right to the phone and spent much of the day on talk radio. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive.
He said the Democrats' empty rhetoric about high energy costs would come back to hurt them in September. "If Democrats were sincere, they would join Republicans and sign a discharge petition to force a vote on energy legislation," Blunt said. He noted that even Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) refused to sign a discharge petition for his own bill, H.R. 2208, the Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Act.
With an eye on the Sept. 30 expiration of the offshore drilling ban, Blunt said Pelosi would be foolish to force a showdown with so many Americans in favor of opening the Outer Continental Shelf to exploration. "There's no reason for her to include a moratorium in the continuing resolution," Blunt said.
He's right. There's no good reason to do so, except that Nancy Pelosi is trying to "save the planet" -- one book at at time.The "Know Your Power" book tour with Pelosi will visit these cities, according to publisher Random House.
8/11/2008, 7 p.m.
American Jewish University
Gindi Auditorium 15600 Mulholland Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90077
8/12/2008, 7 p.m.
Angelico Hall 50 Acacia Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
8/13/2008, 7 p.m.
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs
Oracle Corporation 500 Oracle Pkwy.
Redwood City, CA 94065
8/14/2008, 7 p.m.
Fort Mason Center, Pier 2
San Francisco, CA 94123
8/20/2008, 5:30 p.m.
Tattered Cover Bookstore
1628 16th Street
Denver, CO 80202