House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has served in Congress a long time. She has served long enough to oppose Republican presidents going back to Ronald Reagan. In the modern era she has missed only Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon, but she opposed them too! Make no mistake about that.
She has served in Congress long enough to oppose both Presidents Bush, father and son, over a period of twelve years. It therefore makes perfect sense that in a press conference yesterday she confused her current opposition to President Trump with her opposition to the Presidents Bush in ages past (video below). Long may she run.
The video illustrates the Democrats’ depleted bench. It illustrates the courtesy extended the Minority Leader by her less tenured colleagues, who seem to note her slip but let it pass. It illustrates a variant of the Freudian slip, or the persistence of memory. It illustrates the ghost in the Democratic machine. Who ya gonna call?