House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave herself an “A” for effort, grading her performance in office. In a “This Week” interview, Speaker Pelosi told ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas, “I think I get an A for effort. And in the House of Representatives, my mark is the mark of our members. We have passed every piece of legislation that is part of the Obama agenda.”

Asked why nearly 300 bills passed by the House are stalled in the Senate, Pelosi blamed the “delaying tactics of the Republicans in the Senate.” [source]

I can’t answer for you, but I’m guessing the last time I was recognized for my effort and not for my results was probably back in grade school. In the real world that I live in, results matter. I don’t care that the postman has to work through all sorts of weather; I just want my mail. A hungry man doesn’t care that the baker started his day before dawn; he just wants his bread. Olympic judges don’t care how hard the weightlifter works at it; they just want to see the successful clean and jerk.

Isn’t “I tried real hard” almost always followed up with “but I didn’t make it”? Isn’t it just an excuse to explain why the job isn’t done?

But Speaker Pelosi has an answer for that: it’s the evil Republicans who are blocking everything. But that’s just another excuse. Until Senator Scott Brown was sworn in the beginning of February this year, the Democrats had held a 60-seat majority in the Senate. That was sufficient to stop any filibuster attempt by the Republicans. If the Democrats failed to pass anything in the Senate, they failed because they were not united behind the bill. You can’t blame the Republicans when the Democrats could have done it without them.

Well, obviously you can blame the Republicans. Speaker Pelosi gets an A for her efforts to do so.

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