Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal:

The agony of Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, is palpable these days. When she speaks on the House floor, she waves her arms and talks with great passion. She has the look of a politician in torment.

The cause of her distress is the change this year in the political culture of Capitol Hill. Congress has traditionally been dominated by the impulse to spend more and more of the public's money. In 2011, and especially in the Republican-controlled House, that has been replaced by a culture of spending cuts.

Republicans are thrilled by the change, since it fits their ideology and agenda. Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl says it's "the best" climate for cutting spending he's experienced since coming to Congress in 1986. But Democrats have found adjusting to the change to be difficult, if not impossible. Some, like Ms. Pelosi, appear disoriented and distraught.

In the days before Tuesday's passage of an increase in the debt limit, Ms. Pelosi was melodramatic in her attacks on the cuts in domestic spending that Republicans attached to the debt measure. Her comment that Democrats were trying "to save life on this planet as we know it" was widely reported.

But Ms. Pelosi said a lot more.

Whole thing here.

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