So what, exactly, was the point of Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s record eight-hour speech on the floor of the House of Representatives Wednesday?
On the surface, it was a speech demanding amnesty for illegal aliens. Pelosi vowed to hold the House floor under the obscure “magic-minute” rule — which permits the majority leader, the minority leader, and the House speaker to talk as long as they’d like — until Republicans agreed to hold a vote on legal protections for so-called “Dreamers.”
She confused and angered many Democrats. Those running for re-election in red states are worried that Pelosi’s extreme defense of illegal immigrants, along with her willingness to vote to shut down the government again, will hurt their chances in November.
So Pelosi is scared. She’s worried about a leadership coup if her party fails to deliver in the midterms, and she’s taking steps to shore up her progressive bona fides. Pelosi’s eight-hour speech was for Pelosi. She doesn’t actually care about Dreamers; if she did, she’d whip the votes against the budget deal.
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