On January 4, 2007, Nancy Pelosi was elected Speaker of House of Representatives, whereupon she delivered these words:
I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship, and I look forward to working with you Mr. Boehner and the Republicans in the Congress on behalf of the American people.
And the American people told us they expected us to work together for fiscal responsibility, with the highest ethical standards and with civility and bipartisanship.
After years of historic deficits, this 110th Congress will commit itself to a higher standard: pay as you go, no new deficit spending. Our new America will provide unlimited opportunity for future generations, not burden them with mountains of debt.
But that was then; Ryan Grim at the Huffington Post brings us Nancy Pelosi now:
Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a message for House Republicans who think they weren’t given enough time to debate or amend the stimulus package that moved through Congress over an eight-day period earlier this session: You could have had much less.
Republican objections that they were not included and didn’t approve of the process through which the stimulus was passed, said Pelosi, only mask ideological differences that they had with the bill. “We gave them the regular order,” said Pelosi. “We were not going to go backward and adopt their economic failed policies and that’s what they’re upset about.”
No word on whether she’s giving the gavel back.