Brava Pelosi! Sometimes It Takes a Woman

by on August 2, 2022 · 10 comments

in Ocean Beach, World News

Remember this photo of Nancy Pelosi confronting Trump at one of his cabinet meetings?

By Colleen O’Connor

Evidently, the decision had been made.  According to CNN, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the third in line of succession to the Presidency, is currently visiting Taiwan.

Why is this even a story, let alone a global headline? And a major controversy? Because China declares that Taiwan belongs to them. And because, reportedly, Pelosi’s 12th Congressional District is made up of 32% Chinese-Americans.

And the Chinese government has threatened “serious consequences” if Speaker Pelosi lands on soil they believe is their sovereign territory; warning against the “egregious political impact” of Pelosi’s planned visit, warning that Beijing “won’t sit by idly” if its “sovereignty and territorial integrity” is being violated.

And the Chinese People’s Liberation Army posted this on Weibo: “Firmly stand by and ready for the fighting command; Bury all incoming enemies.”

High drama. The outcome was never in doubt.

Now, flashback to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests and massacre where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi launched her political career being tough on China — a new congresswoman who dared to unfurl a pro-democracy banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square during a 1991 visit with other U.S. lawmakers shortly after the student massacre.

“Pelosi has long been a critic of the Chinese Communist Party. She has met with pro-democracy dissidents and the Dalai Lama — the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who remains a thorn in the side of the Chinese government. In 1991, Pelosi unfurled a black-and-white banner in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to commemorate victims of the 1989 massacre, which said, “To those who died for democracy.” In recent years, she voiced support for the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.” [CNN.]

Add to this mix, the increasing economic, military, and trade prowess of China that challenges the U.S. and the fact that both countries are in the middle of consequential elections, and one could have had little doubt that Pelosi would arrive.

A popular move that really is “the capstone” of her career.  Brava!  Even Republicans salute her.

Anyone who has followed the Speaker’s career knows that she goes quiet when she is most engaged and the most effective.  Notice the lack of coverage for the House elections ‘doom and gloom’ scenarios where Republicans are supposed to gain 30 to 35 seats net.

A predicted wipe-out.

Oh, but now that has changed to 25 to 30.  But, wait, here come the suburban, college educated Republican women, who helped Pelosi. regain the Speakership.  They are now moving swiftly into the Democratic column.  The numbers keep changing.

Why?  The leaked, now real, memo/law that overturned women’s right to decide her own healthcare, aka Roe v. Wade.

That abortion decision by the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court has upended the predictions on the 2022 election cycle.  It not only motivates Democrats, but Republicans, and Independents and men.

Thus, Pelosi’s House has passed three of the most consequential votes just in time for the fall; a push to codify Roe v. Wade (in open defiance of the Supremes that exposes the “extremists” positions of the GOP on “no exceptions even for rape or incest,” and bans on contraceptives, with vigilante enforcement, and hints of overturning gay marriage); an assault weapons ban (a massively popular stance among the electorate); and now an “in-your-face” visit with China.

Each of these have 60% plus approval ratings and have moved the needle decidedly in the “motivated to vote” column for Democrats.

Brava Pelosi.  Sometimes it takes a strong woman with life-long convictions to defy the odds.

Safe journey home.



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Frank Gormlie August 2, 2022 at 10:42 am

Even since right-winger generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek lost the war to the Chinese Liberation Army and retreated to Taiwan, the island has been a source of tension and conflict. China has claimed it as its territory, the “one-China” policy, while Western nations have given support to the Taiwanese government.

Pelosi going to Taiwan just acerbates this tension.

For those of us who understand what Mao and the Chinese people did — defeating the Japanese, ending centuries old feudalism, kicking out those Western imperialists and bringing the nation into being a major economic power over the last 70 years — are sympathetic to seeing Taiwan as part of the mainland.

Yet, over the decades, China has changed – for the good and bad. A feudal society made mainly up of peasants is now a world economic powerhouse.

Yet, no “socialist” country would shot its people down in the streets like dogs – like the Chinese government did in 1989. China is definitely not socialist nor “communist” (if you doubt this, read the Communist Manifesto). In technical terms, China has become a huge state-capitalist society, where the government, the state, has become the biggest capitalist.

Still, Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan proves, once again, all politics is local. With her own congressional district reportedly made up of 32% Chinese-Americans, her visit can be seen for what it is: to keep the home folks happy. Yet, she is also playing with fire, potentially and unnecessarily throwing fuel on simmering coals, flaming up an international incident.

Sure, Nancy, safe travels, but go home already.


Gravitas August 2, 2022 at 11:44 am

As a political move….BRILLIANT ….her motto is never make a move if the popular opinion is against you.

Even McConnell and 25 Republican Senators support this…as do a majority of Americas….as in 3 big scores for midterm debateselections….Codifying Roe v. Wade; banning assault weapons; siding with Asian-Americans v. China; and with “made in America” trade deals computer chip makers/trades with new deal with Japan and Pacific rim countries.


Scott Pearce August 2, 2022 at 1:06 pm

We should be fighting climate change, not the Chinese (and Russians).


Gravita August 2, 2022 at 3:07 pm

Drudge Report HEADLINE today in bold red print.



Frank Gormlie August 2, 2022 at 3:14 pm

Matt Drudge has said that he is a conservative, but “more of a populist”. Some had regarded the Drudge Report as conservative in tone, and it has been referred to in the media as “a conservative news aggregator”.


Frank Gormlie August 2, 2022 at 4:07 pm

Pelosi’s Taiwan Trip Isn’t Helpful to Anyone But China – Daily Beast
Mood shifts in Taiwan as Nancy Pelosi visit raises fears of war – Bloomberg News


Ob Hippie August 4, 2022 at 9:41 am

Mental war mongering and #bluemaga cheering, crazy.


J Soren August 4, 2022 at 2:45 pm

Correct me if I’m wrong, but did Pelosi not support virtually every AUMF from 2001/2002 to present, along with most (99%) others in the past 20 years? Is this what qualifies her to be a “diplomat,” one who supports violent US military operations in Iraq, Somalia, Pakistan, Afghan, Libya, Syria, nearly unconditionally and always? In other words, what makes her any less of a warmonger than C. Rice, H. Clinton, M. Albright, D. Feinstein or the rest of the long list of “women” (and men for that matter) leaders who are allegedly somewhat less war-crazy, less imperialist, than others of any gender? I would genuinely appreciate knowing what if anything we have to “hope” for in her. This article refers to her “career” and history but offers no such concrete support for the author’s admiration of her.


Frank Gormlie August 4, 2022 at 3:43 pm

One needs to be dialectical, and grok her weaknesses/ failures with her strengths and wins. The hope is that we can align with folks like her against the continuing onslaught of the neo-fascists – or do they not fit into your narrative? Don’t forget Pelosi is also playing to the people “back home,” which is made up reportedly of 32% Chinese-Americans.


retired botanist August 4, 2022 at 5:36 pm

Going out on a limb here, but so be it. The question is why now? I admire Pelosi for her career history, won’t waste space here with the chronology, but this was not a good move on her part, imo. Yes, I understand that Taiwan is a pet project, and yes I understand that the overall US POV is supportive of a democracy in Taiwan. But now she needs to make a goodwill tour, that she could make at any other time, when we have just passed legislation on domestic production of semiconductors, a move that will undoubtedly impact Taiwan? Now, when things are prickly enough in that particular part of the world? Like we need another boiling kettle? Now, when we understand the relationship of China and Russia when we have Ukraine to worry about? Worse, Biden told Xi that “the executive and legislative branches of Govt are separate”. Uh, yes they are, but when it comes to foreign policy they better damn well be united, so that’s not helpful. Who made her Sec of State? This not a good look, has resulted in more saber-rattling, and she could do her goodwill tours at any other time. Nope. This was not a good look,and I wish she’d stuck to her advocacy of our pressing domestic problems, instead of clearly poking a tangled nest over there…


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