Pelosi’s take on Boehner’s resignation: Gimme 5 (dollars)

John Boehner’s resignation has sparked plenty of commentary here in Washington, DC. Most of it consists of tut-tutting about Republican extremism.

Nancy Pelosi’s commentary is more straightforward. In an email blast, she writes:

The Republicans have failed.

Speaker John Boehner is resigning. And now we’re headed toward another needless and self-destructive government shutdown.

That’s why I need your help. We need grassroots supporters to show the Republicans they can’t play politics with a government shutdown.

Will you stand with me and give $5?

Not that long ago, Pelosi’s standard appeal was for $3. But these are dangerous times, so the price of avoiding self-destruction has risen.

A friend is perplexed. He writes:

But, but, but . . . the Washington Post is saying that Boehner’s resignation means that a government shutdown is now likely to be averted, at least in the near term. I’m so confused . . . .

I’m also confused by this: whenever the Republicans are ascendant, Nancy Pelosi needs $5.00. And whenever the “Republicans have failed,” Nancy Pelosi needs $5.00.

I dunno. It’s almost enough to make one think that the woman isn’t being completely straight with us.