Pelosi, Not GOP, Thorn in Obama's Side

President's relationship with House speaker on the rocks over stimulus
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2009 10:10 AM CST
President-elect Barack Obama meets with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in her office on Capitol Hill, Jan. 5, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama might have criticized how House Republicans rolled over for President Bush, but likely expected something similar from Democrats. But Speaker Nancy Pelosi has already shown she won’t hew to Obama’s agenda, reports Time. They’re out of step on the auto bailout, tax cuts, and most prominently, the stimulus package: Obama, seeking GOP votes, wanted less spending and more tax cuts than Pelosi delivered.

Pelosi wanted to give Obama a lesson about bipartisanship, says a staffer close to her: “They’re all going to vote against you and then come to your cocktail party that night.” And Republicans are seeking to exploit the division. Says one, “We’d encourage the House leadership to emulate the president.” But, one political scientist suggests, it’s just good cop/bad cop.