Earlier this week, San Fran Nancy Pelosi decided to filibuster on the House floor in protest over DACA amnesty for DREAMers.
The problem is the House of Representatives doesn’t have a filibuster. So Speaker Ryan could have shut her down whenever he wanted.
Instead, he let her drone on for…eight hours, whilst members of her own Democrat caucus began falling asleep.
And at the end of it all, Sen. Chuck Schumer agreed to a budget deal in the Senate without a DACA provision — which was the whole point of the government shutdown in the first place.
Now Pelosi’s House colleagues are wondering aloud, “What was the point of that ‘filibuster’?”
Protest: that’s the only point.
Here’s more from Hotair…
Nancy Pelosi spoke for eight hours yesterday — and even some of her own colleagues don’t quite know why. She took advantage of a rarely used privilege which allows House caucus leaders to hold the floor indefinitely. Pelosi insisted that she would keep talking until Paul Ryan agreed to schedule a vote on a DACA compromise and would block any attempt to pass a budget until he did.
That sounded great … right up until her negotiating partner Chuck Schumer announced a budget deal without linkage to the “dreamers” issue in the middle of her filibuster. Now Pelosi’s colleagues wonder whether she intended to move the issue at all, or whether she was covering her behind after selling them out:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke on the House floor Wednesday for a record-breaking eight hours, vowing to speak — and stand — until Republicans concede protections for so-called Dreamers.
But for some members on both ends of her caucus who tuned in, the daylong protest did little to repair the fissure pitting lawmakers against one another on immigration and budget talks. …
In interviews will nearly a dozen House Democrats, many who requested anonymity to speak candidly, several called the speech an attempt by Pelosi to shore up support with the progressive base angry by congressional inaction on Dreamers. By agreeing to the spending caps deal, Gutiérrez and others argued, Democrats gave up all their leverage to force Republicans into serious negotiations to shield Dreamers from deportation.