Wolf Blitzer spoke for all the men in the room who somehow overlooked the fact that McConnell was not only AWOL in the process, but resisted it when he asked, "There are Americans who are being evicted from their homes, they can't. " Pay the rent. Many Americans wait in grocery lines for the first time in their lives … Can you look them in the eye, Madame Speaker, and explain why you don't want to accept the President's latest stimulus offer? "
Big mistake, wolf. "I hope you will ask the Republicans the same question about why they don't really want to meet the needs of the American people," Pelosi replied. "We represent these people, I have represented my constituents for over 30 years. I know what their needs are; I listen to them," she said. "And your needs are not addressed in the President's proposal. So if you tell me," Why don't you accept yours "- why don't you accept ours?"
But the guys want you to accept the deal, Blitzer interrupted to let them know. The guys are Rep. Ro Khanna and Andrew Yang who are a person with a penis and a lot of money, so they have to have a say even if he's not in an elected office? Pelosi's answer: “Honest to God, really? I can't get over it. Because Andrew Yang, he's beautiful. Ro Khanna, he's beautiful. You are not negotiating this situation. They have no idea of the details. "
"Do you have any idea what the difference is between the expenses you have on your bill and what we have on our bill?" Pelosi asked rhetorically. "With all due respect, you really don't know what you're talking about." He does not do it. Khanna could. But there's no reason Yang should be anywhere in this discussion at all, unless he's using his money and influence to move the problem forward – the Republican Senate, which has now twice failed to include a meaningful incentive, the can actually pass Congress and be signed by Trump, so that this crisis extends for all the months it has.
The reason there are no more hungry children is because Pelosi and the House managed to incorporate expansion of child nutrition funding – which McConnell and the Republicans blocked – in the rolling resolution they passed in late September, to maintain government funding. It's not because of Ro Khanna and Andrew Yang. It's not the White House. Blitzer, however, stuck to his weapons. Again and again and again "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good," Blitzer has said more than once. "It's far from perfect. (…) We're not even close to good," Pelosi finally replied. "Thank you for your sensitivity to the needs of our constituents."
Yes, the expansion of unemployment benefits should be restored. Yes, the stimulus checks have to run out again – frankly, they should be increased and sent EVERY MONTH. Yes, there must be rental support and student loan support, as well as foreclosure and eviction moratoriums. And more. State and local governments need revenue. Testing and contact tracing are still lagging everywhere as the virus re-emerges across the country. Restaurants need specific support. None of this is not true because Trump is trying to get checks out of his name before the election. None of this is not true because Mitch McConnell believes he can get extremist justice in the Supreme Court.
None of this is Pelosi's fault, not just. It is certainly not to blame for the government's massive failure to respond to this crisis, especially for failing to learn the lessons from the past. By not realizing that she needs to get way, much bigger on that first round of relief because the Republican Senate would fight a second bite of relief with everything we've seen. But at this point in time, Pelosi and (most of) House Democrats are the only ones who really understand what's broken here and what needs to be done. Or what minimum can be done to get us through by the end of January 2021 when we hopefully have a Democratic Senate and White House to fix this shit.