House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) mocked Rick Perry’s suggestion that she debate him about his idea for a part-time Congress.
“He did ask if I could debate here in Washington on Monday — it is my understanding that such a letter has come in. Monday, I’m going to be in Portland in the morning, visiting some of our labs in California in the afternoon, that’s two … I can’t remember what the third thing is,” she said at her Thursday morning news conference to laughter.
That wasn’t even her best statement of the day. Later, she told Super Committee co-chair Jeb Hensarling (R – Olduvai Gorge) where he could stick it when Hensarling insisted that the Dems agree to dismantle Medicare in exchange for raising taxes on millionaires.
Pelosi has not only been one of the best Speakers in American history, but also one of the best Democratic leaders at any level. Without her, the Affordable Care Act wouldn’t have passed and maybe wouldn’t even have come up for a vote. The 111th Congress was one of the most productive and beneficial in the nation’s history, and that’s because of the lady who was running things, with the iron fist concealed in a velvet glove.
All of which should probably affect your donation strategy. If you’re like me, you probably get several e-mails a day from some House candidate or another, asking for your money. I’m a political junkie, and I can’t keep them all straight. Who is a viable candidate? Who is a progressive candidate? Who will support Pelosi?
Well, maybe we should trust the Minority Leader’s sense of self-interest and just give her the campaign money. Each candidate can accept up to $2,500 for a primary and $2,500 for the general. That’s $5,000 total or 10K for a couple. Unless you are giving a lot of money for House races, it makes sense just to max out to Pelosi and let her figure out where the best places are for it.
Such a strategy will also have the important secondary benefit of giving Pelosi more power within the caucus. The more money she gives, the more the other members will owe her. That will help make the caucus as progressive and sensible as possible. (And no: the DCCC is not an adequate substitute. It faces different rules on how it can spend money in individual races, and in any event, its choice of the best candidates over the last few years has been mixed, to say the least.).
Pelosi represents San Francisco and won’t face a challenge: she will use all of her campaign money for other candidates. So let her do it.
UPDATE: A commenter wisely notes that it makes more sense to give to Pelosi’s leadership PAC, called PAC to the Future. (Is the name clever or hackneyed? YMMV.). It doesn’t have a website, but its address is: 700 13th Street, NW, SUITE 600, Washington, DC 20005. If you Google it, you’ll find that many years ago (it seems roughly in 2003), it did some really stupid things and paid an FEC fine. Conservatives who embraced Tom DeLay and Jack Abramoff suddenly got the vapors and reached for their scented handkerchiefs. Sane people can just write checks.