Archive for ‘Nancy Pelosi’

May 27, 2009

What Part of ‘It Won’t Work’Is So Hard to Understand?

Dec. 8, 2008: It Won’t Work
Feb. 9, 2009: It Still Won’t Work
May 4, 2009: Hey, By The Way, Just In Case You Didn’t Notice, It Won’t Work
May 27, 2009: OK, Now I Will Speak Very Loudly So Maybe You’ll Understand: IT WON’T WORK!

Lather, Rinse, Repeat: IT WON’T WORK!

UPDATE: “Are the people of this country really that stupid??” Adrienne, did you ever hear of something called “the public education system”?

May 23, 2009

But ‘Pussy’ is only implied!

The RNC released this video about Nancy Pelosi’s attacks on the CIA, using a James Bond theme and finishing with the tagline, “Lack of Leadership. Democrats Galore.” This is a play on the name Pussy Galore, the evil woman in the 1964 Bond flick, Goldfinger. As Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom says, “all kerfuffle breaks loose.”

Try to read Taylor Marsh’s hissie fit (this term is a derivative of hysteria, whose Greek roots remind us that the patriarchy has been oppressing womyn for 3,000 years) and never forget the accusation: It’s Republicans who don’t have a sense of humor.

Too bad this happened too late for National Offend A Feminist Week. But thanks to the RNC for keeping alive the festive holiday spirit.

(Hat tip: Memeorandum.)

UPDATE: Excuse me, but Allah is just wrong:

I’d love to know who among the Republican brain trust thought this was a good idea. Even if their motives were pure, after seeing what happened to Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails” comment, they simply have to be more attuned to how their message will be received and whether they’re giving their opponents easy opportunities to distort it.

No, this is brilliant. Get your enemy to promote your message, and do it in such a way that everybody who clicks will sit through the whole video in hopes of seeing — “Pussy!” — what the Left tells them they’re going to see.

The joke is on the critics, of course, since the same term is a common substitute for “wimp,” and “Democrats Galore” rather cuts to the heart of what the GOP is really trying to say about Democrats’ approach to national security, eh?

Lighten up, man. Jimmie Bise has more on Pelosi-palooza, and Donald Douglas shows the vastness of Pelosia’s gaping idiocy.

(P.S.: Note that when feminists are promoting The Vagina Monologues, it’s “empowering” to shout this from the rooftops. Only when Republicans try it does the Left suddenly become as prudish as a Victorian schoolmarm.)

Update II: by Smitty
Joe Gandelman at The Moderate Voice delivers unintended comedy:

But it’s indicative of the continued lowering of the bar of American political discourse: even by the increasingly sleazy standard of political ads utilized by both sides, this ad is a particularly smelly one.

I’m not sure what clip you watched, Joe, but the one I saw was roughly as sleazy as, say, a Police Squad episode. Recommend good diet and excercise, Mr. Gandelman.

May 15, 2009

Wicked Witch of the West Roundup

by Smitty

The Pelosi schadenfreude is something to behold. Here is a roundup of reactions and highlights:

  • Common Cents:
    Not since Bill Clinton has a politician been more blatantly caught in a lie that Nancy Pelosi in the last weeks. Her ongoing story explaining what she knew about CIA enhanced terrorism techniques have at least five different endings. Her Thursday press conference was painful to watch but we have it here for you.
  • Monique Stewart seems to crave a thing rarely seen inside the beltway:
    I’m not trying to help the Democrats. It just seems to me, they would gain a lot more respect, and a lot more support, if they would just admit that they knew what was going on, and in light of what had happened (that being the greatest terrorist attack on American soil) they supported it. They did, or supported, what most of us would have done, or supported.
  • Gary Graham at Big Hollywood Big Irony: Waterboard Pelosi — Let’s Get to the Truth!. Gary offers a less than impressed review of the today’s press conference. I would come up with some rejoinder using the words “wench” and “quench”, but that would hardly be respectful of the Office of the Speaker of the House.
  • Larry Johnson at No Quarter: Nancy Pelosi, A Lying C******n:
    That’s right. She’s a lying Congresswoman. Good God! How brazen and how stupid can the leader of congressional Democrats be? Are they going to tolerate this kind of smear of the CIA?
  • John at PowerLine inquires Can Pelosi Survive?. Following some choice quotes concerning the press conference, we get:
    As the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza notes, Pelosi “would not have held this sort of press conference unless she and her inner circle believed that she was losing altitude — politically — on the issue.” But it seems clear that she has now gone too far. The matter cannot be left to rest with her assertion that the CIA “lied” to her and “misled the Congress of the United States.” The Agency will have to respond. And already, Republicans Pete Hoekstra and John Boehner have called on the CIA to release the Agency’s detailed notes on its briefings of Congress to Hoekstra as ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee.

    I don’t suppose anyone imagines that the CIA was foolish enough to lie to Pelosi and others about the use of waterboarding. On the contrary, it seems obvious that everyone in the chain of command was covering himself or herself by disseminating information about the harsh interrogations of three al Qaeda leaders. Pelosi has now opened the lid on a box that she will not be able to close. The CIA has no choice but to defend itself by demonstrating that she, not the Agency, is lying. Possibly Leon Panetta can save her, but at the moment, it is hard to see how this affair can end with Pelosi remaining as Speaker of the House.

  • Moving leftward, we have Alan Colmes:
    And, not surprisingly, the right wing has taken the blame for torture and placed it squarely on Nancy Pelosi, removing themselves from the equation.

No, Alan. No one is coming out in favor of torture, or denying events. The attack on Pelosi has everything to do with her non-command of basic things like facts and integrity with respect to her involvment. Stephen Green, he of the Stoli glass and steely nerve, managed to diagram the trajectory of Pelosi’s prevarications as only a professional blogger can:

Oh, the Huffington Post offers the same aplogies: “I wasn’t briefed, I was informed that somebody else had been briefed about it,” she said.
Yeah, yeah.
Recalls a movie line: “My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris get briefed at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.”

Related to Madame Speaker’s gyrations is the disintegration of the Rule of Law:

It is bad enough that the administration is selectively mining the Freedom of Information Act, the procedures for declassifying national-defense information (Mandatory Declassification Review, or “MDR”), and the rule of law. What is worse is the objective of this sleight of hand: to present the American people with a skewed perspective of a CIA interrogation program that saved lives and helped keep our citizens safe from additional terrorist attacks after 9/11 — a fact attested to by top intelligence officials from administrations of both parties. President Obama is manipulating the law in a way that reveals — to our enemies and everyone else — sensitive details of the interrogation tactics that were used by the CIA, while at the same time denying the American people a chance to assess the vital information produced by those tactics.

Hm. No *cough*Chrysler*cough* pattern at work here…
Sad state of affairs. Listen, CA-8: please, as a personal favor, vote for any other legal candidate besides the Wicked Witch

Have some decency and regard for the rest of the country. Cindy Sheehan is relatively palatable. While I might not agree with Cindy on much of anything, her integrity is relatively stellar compared to this piece of work Pelosi.

Update:
Sooner than 2010? We should be so fortunate.

March 8, 2009

The Doltish Duo

By Smitty

The Reid, Pelosi Swearing Match is just another brick in the wall for The Congress That Shall Live in Infamy. But this brace of boobs didn’t just show up in January. No, their consistent non-command of effective leadership is such that there is a body of classic abuse just waiting to be linked.

You, Mr. Reid, are the target of among the more majestic rants I’ve ever heard:

(Aside: how many new PJTV subscribers would it take to secure a weekly Miller Time segment, one wonders?)

Slightly less caustic in approach is Kristen Wiig’s demolition of Nancy Pelosi, just after the 2006 election. This clip is from SNL, and the implication that the House of Representatives is an S’n’M dungeon under her tenure makes it NSFW.

How does that lady keep a straight face while serving up that material?

CWCID: Instapundit

February 22, 2009

$1 Million a Day for 2,000 Years

That’s still less than Congress just spent on the Obama/Pelosi/Reid $800 billion “stimulus” plan.

Powerful video from The American Issues Project, which has a 35-page PDF with the facts about the “stimulus.”

February 16, 2009

Pelosi Presents: Republicans Are EVIL!

Alexandra Pelosi, daughter of the Speaker of the House, has an HBO film deal — I mean, wow, what a coicidence, huh? Time/Warner has only given $7.1 million to Democrats since 2000, making 82% of their donations to Democrats in the 2008 election cycle.

So HBO pays Alexandra to make a documentary about the election called Right America: Feeling Wronged: Some Voices from the Campaign Trail and guess what?

What kind of documentary would you expect given the subject matter and the filmmaker? . . .
If you said the film would show conservatives as ignorant, racist, hateful folk who genuinely cling to God and guns, give yourself a prize. Bonus points go for those who predicted the film would characterize McCain/Palin rallies as hate events.

Just amazing how these coincidences happen.

UPDATE: Smitty tips me to a story at Newsbusters, where Washington Post TV critic Michael Leahy pans the Pelosi documentary.

January 27, 2009

Hey, it worked!

Who’d have thunk it? Republicans complain and Obama actually pays attention:

House Democrats are likely to jettison family planning funds for the low-income from an $825 billion economic stimulus bill, officials said late Monday, following a personal appeal from President Barack Obama at a time the administration is courting Republican critics of the legislation. . . .
Several Democrats said Monday night that Obama had spoken personally with Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., about removing the provision. Waxman is chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over Medicaid and a close ally of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Obviously, Obama could see that Pelosi’s anti-baby agenda was political poison. It was a shrewd move for him to ask them to ax it. Expect the Left to howl that Obama’s given in to the “Republican attack machine,” but they don’t understand that not everybody hates babies as much as urban yuppies do.

(Outraged comment from Young4Eyes in 3, 2, 1 . . .)

UPDATE: Michelle Malkin calls our attention to Conn Carroll’s indictment of contraceptive Keynesianism:

The entire intellectual underpinning of President Barack Obama’s spending plan rests on the belief that certain types of government spending creates a “multiplier effect” which raises national income beyond the size of government’s initial spending increase. . . . So if Obama’s stimulus plan bails out California’s spendthrift government, and Sacramento then spends that money buying condoms for Nancy Pelosi’s constituents, [neo-Keynesian economist] Mark Zandi wants us to believe that this entire transaction will increase GDP by $1.36 for every $1 in condoms Sacramento buys. Does anybody really believe this?

Hmmm. Given Pelosi’s San Francisco-area district, I’m not sure if buying condoms for her constituents actually qualifies as “birth control.” But you see how easy it is to make this measure look ridiculous on economic grounds alone.

Perhaps some clever GOP researcher can find out how much money the latex industry gave the Democrats, so we can accuse Pelosi of being in the pockets of Big Rubber.

UPDATE II: Well, that didn’t take long:

Is the Obama administration caving to the right wing on family planning provision in stimulus bill?

See? If Republicans don’t go along with Obama’s agenda, we’re divisive haters. But if Obama shrewdly placates conservatives, he’s “caving.” Hey, tough luck, lefties: If you wanted somebody who was 110% for your anti-baby agenda, you should have nominated Hillary.

Michelle Malkin rounds up the news on the “condoms under the bus” deal.

January 26, 2009

Pelosi: ‘They reduce cost’

(BUMPED; UPDATES BELOW) Children are a net budget expense that Nancy Pelosi says government can’t afford:

STEPHANOPOULOS: Hundreds of millions of dollars to expand family planning services. How is that stimulus?
PELOSI: Well, the family planning services reduce cost. They reduce cost. The states are in terrible fiscal budget crises now and part of what we do for children’s health, education and some of those elements are to help the states meet their financial needs. One of those – one of the initiatives you mentioned, the contraception, will reduce costs to the states and to the federal government.
STEPHANOPOULOS: So no apologies for that?
PELOSI: No apologies. No. we have to deal with the consequences of the downturn in our economy.

Or, as some used to say: Lebensunwertes Leben.

UPDATE: “Brilliant. No People = No Costs!”

UPDATE II: Don Surber:

Stephanopoulos could have pointed out that the reason the health costs for kids are rising is that Pelosi just led the charge to expand SCHIP to cover families of 4 that have incomes of more than $80,000 a year.

Right. On the one hand, liberals insist on ever-expanding entitlements “for the children.” On the other hand, they insist on pushing birth control to reduce the Baby Menace. Pelosi is one of those alleged Catholics whose politics are 180 degrees out of phase with her own church.

UPDATE III: Ed Morrissey asks: Cui bono?

UPDATE IV: Drew M. at AOSHQ:

And by the way, why does ‘family planning’ cost so much? As many morons can attest to, not having sex is pretty damn inexpensive.

Yeah, rich guys get all the good stuff.

UPDATE V: Michelle Malkin: “Up next: Emergency funding for suicide manuals and euthanasia education.”
January 19, 2009

Sadism update

Nancy Pelosi supports prosecutions of Bush administration officials, prompting an AOSHQ commenter to ask:

WTF. I mean, seriously. What the hell do these f—-rs want? They won the election. Will they not be satisfied until they completely trash this man and those who work for him?

Look, let ’em run with this ball as far as they want. Their petty vindictiveness will horrify common-sense people, and the only people they’ll please are the Glenn Greenwald-type zealots, who aren’t exactly “swing” voters.

September 30, 2008

Did Democrats blow the bailout on purpose?

Nancy Pelosi got only 60% of House Democrats to support the plan, and then used her final speech before the vote to lash out at Republicans.

It was as if the whole point of Monday’s vote was to embarrass John McCain. The GOP nominee having identified himself so strongly with the bailout, a defeat for the bailout was a defeat for McCain, and the Democrats saw a chance to make him look like an idiot.

UPDATE: The Prowler confirms my hunch:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered her Majority Whip, Jim Clyburn, to essentially not do his job in the runup to the vote on Monday for the negotiated Wall Street bailout plan, according to House Democrat leadership aides.
“Clyburn was not whipping the votes you would have expected him to, in part because he was uncomfortable doing it, in part because we didn’t want the push for votes to be successful,” says one leadership aide. . . .
During the floor vote, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Democrat Conference chair Rahm Emanuel could be seen monitoring the vote on the floor, and gauging whether or not more Democrat votes were needed. . . .
Emanuel, who served as a board member for Freddie Mac, one of the agencies that precipitated the economic crisis the nation now finds itself in, had no misgivings about taking a leadership role in tanking the bill. “He was cheerleading us along, mothering the votes,” says the aide. “We wanted enough to put the pressure on the Republicans and Congressman Emanuel was charged with making it close enough. He did a great job.”

And Megan McArdle has a similar read:

Pelosi cut a deal in which, as far as I can tell, every single Republican in a safe seat had to vote yes so that the Democrats could maximize their no votes. Given that the Republican caucus is pretty much in open revolt, this was beyond moronic. She then spent a week openly and repeatedly blaming the Republicans and the Bush administration for the current crisis. The way she set things up, it was “Heads I win, tails you lose”: vote for the deal and I’ll paint you as heartless reactionaries bailing out your fat cat friends. If you’re going to do that, you’d better make sure you have some goddamn margin for error in your own party. She didn’t. Then she got up and delivered yet another speech blaming the Republicans for the bailout deal she was about to pass.

Megan actually favored the bailout, FWIW. Opposing the bailout, of course, was Michelle Malkin, who today observes:

Bailout fails. World goes on.

Hoovervilles and apple carts, it ain’t.

UPDATE II: Grapevine-worthy!