President Obama is an old hand at absorbing attacks from his left flank. He got plenty of incoming hostility Wednesday during a conference call staged by a liberal advocacy group to highlight perceived flaws in his budget proposals.
But it’s a novel—and not altogether pleasurable—experience for House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi to serve as target practice for the left.
Pelosi, the 13-term San Francisco congresswoman who was toppled from the House speakership during the Republican landslide of 2010, came in for harsh criticism from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
As two members of Pelosi’s caucus, Democratic Reps. Alan Grayson of Florida and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, listened mutely on the phone line, Adam Green, co-founder of the influential organization, lit into Pelosi for not publicly opposing the president’s proposal to tag Social Security benefits to “chained CPI,” a less generous method than the current system of calculating inflation in the Consumer Price Index and accompanying increases in monthly payments.