Republicans have decided they're not going to give a rebuttal to President Obama's jobs speech later this week, a decision House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi took as a high affront to the White House.OK, so the real news is that Obama's speech is expected by the GOP to be so incredibly weak that they need not respond to it, so incredibly strong that they cannot respond to it*, so incredibly unwatched that there's no one watching to respond to it to, or they really just want to get home in time for the game. In any event, there is no doubt that to the GOP, Obama is like Saruman after his ouster from Orthanc**. He may still have some small powers of oratory, but only if you believe him first. No one does anymore, and those who believed the illusion most fervently are now the most disillusioned.
Pelosi said the party's "silence" would "speak volumes about their lack of commitment to creating jobs."
So what has this to do with Pelosi? Absolutely nothing, which is kind of the point. Pelosi says something, but no one bothers to respond to it because it's not worth responding to. The story quickly moves past her to the actual people who are actually making news. She leads the story, but former Bush speechwriter Dana Perino gets more ink, and he talks about Republicans. It seems that though once the most powerful woman in America or something, Pelosi has been reduced to a hook to get people to read stories that are about people who completely ignore her.
* OK, I'll admit I just put that in to make it sound fair.
** You needn't go with him, Biden Wormtongue. I know of no wrong you have done us.