Nancy Pelosi was unsparing in her criticism of her Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives this weekend, calling them “legislative arsonists” and “anti-government ideologues” who had no interest in governing.
In a pre-recorded interview that aired Sunday morning on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, the House minority leader derided the GOP for its recent actions on funding the government, trying to defund Obamacare, and seeking spending cuts.
The 73 year-old lawmaker called the continuing resolution passed this week by the Republican-led House a “wolf in wolf’s clothing” and claimed that the GOP’s provision that would defund Obamacare was included with the purpose of shutting down the government. The bill also “sort of disguises” the spending cuts that Republicans are seeking in the budget showdown, Pelosi said.
When asked by interviewer Candy Crowley if she could accept a compromise that included a delay of some of Obamacare’s provisions, Pelosi vehemently denied that she could, portraying Republicans as closed to compromise on the issue of health care. Republicans “are people who do not believe in a public role.” Pelosi said. “They think that Social Security has no place in a free society. They think that Medicare should wither on the vine.”
Pelosi attributed that viewpoint not just to Tea Party members of the GOP caucus, but to the party's leaders as well.
Pelosi also echoed the Obama administration’s refusals to negotiate spending cuts to attach to a hike in debt ceiling. She said that this year’s showdown over the statutory limit on debt is different from past times in which the president agreed to spending cuts because there is no more spending to be cut. “The cupboard is bare,” she insisted. “There are no more cuts to make. It’s really important that people understand.”