What Do Pelosi’s Smoke Signals Really Mean?

As President Obama’s personal lobbying on Capitol Hill this week seemed to bring him closer to Republican lawmakers as he talked about changes in Medicare and Social Security, Democrats offered the expected pushback. But Obama won unexpected support from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, usually a leader of the party’s liberal wing. USA Today reported Pelosi as saying that Democrats are open to some reforms, among them requiring wealthier Americans to pay more for Medicare. She also sounded amenable to …