CNN’s Jake Tapper hosted a town hall meeting with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday evening, immediately following President Donald Trump’s announcement of Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia last year.
It was a painful hour that showed just how poorly the opposition is led on Capitol Hill — and raises urgent questions about why Pelosi still remains atop her party after so many failures.
Pelosi is, first of all, unable to articulate a convincing political message. Her reaction to Gorsuch was a parade of horribles that admitted of no redeeming qualities beyond “hail fellow well met.” She called him “hostile to women’s reproductive rights … hostility toward children in school, children with autism … a very hostile appointment … well outside the mainstream of American legal thought” — a description wholly at odds with the humble man viewers had just seen on CNN minutes before.
Asked by a Yemeni refugee woman what Democrats could do for her family, Pelosi said that the blame belonged with President Trump, who had been “reckless” and “incompetent” in his recent executive order. Mere minutes after advocating for abortion, she said Trump’s policy was “un-Christian,” adding “the president has made us less safe.” She then meandered into renewed criticism of Gorusch before praising Democrats for protesting at the nation’s airports and in the streets.
That was it, other than expressing a wish to work on the woman’s individual case. No proposed legislation, no policies, no solutions at all.