The long-promised ICE raids are set to begin this weekend, but the Democrats have chosen this moment to continue an intramural spat between the Speaker and four of her most junior members, all of whom are women and women of color. Charles Pierce:
I tried to warn everyone that nothing good comes of spilling your guts to Maureen Dowd, but nobody listened. Instead, we have a public hooley between Pelosi and the group of left-leaning rookies made up of Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tialib, Ayanna Pressley, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She keeps telling them to sit down and they keep telling her to get stuffed and then going down to the border to give witness to the ongoing atrocities there. I’m not seeing a lot of the Blue Dogs in Clint or McAllen. In fact, I’m not seeing the Speaker there much herself. The spat started when Pelosi, with no little reason, forced a vote on a border security bill produced by the Senate. She did so on a pledge by the administration* that it would not conduct massive immigration raids all over the country. Like every other promise from this administration, this one didn’t age well.
Readers know I defended Pelosi’s election as speaker; when the choice was Tim Goddamn Ryan, I saw no choice at all. But events are moving too fast for the septuagenarians on Capitol Hill. “Wait your turn” and “Stay off social media” are commands as outdated as “Do the Charleston” and “Bring plenty of quarters for pay phones.” It’s as if Reagan, Gingrich, George W. Bush, Paul Ryan, and Rush Limbaugh had never happened.