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Nancy Pelosi Steps Up To The Plate

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 26, 2010

One of the people who acquitted themselves well at Thursday’s Health Care Summit was Nancy Pelosi. After Lamar Alexander started spewing bullpucky about how the Democrats were being so mean and hadn’t compromised and that’s why nothing could get done (and don’t you dare try to get around our obstructionism by using the same reconciliation we gleefully used under Bush!), she came out and said “290 bills I sent to you Lamar, and you just sat there, and you want everyone to start over?” Deflated him like the methane-filled balloon he is.

Then, towards the end, right before President Obama’s closing remarks, she got up and said this:

Mr. President, I harken back to that meeting a year ago. At that time, Senator Grassley questioned you about the public option.

And you said the public option is one way to keep the insurance companies honest and to increase competition. If you have a better way, put it on the table.

Well, I bring that up because we have come such a long way….As a representative of the House of Representatives, I want you to know that we were there that day in support of a public option which would save $120 billion, keep the insurance companies honest, and increase competition.

She went on to bring up the fact that the Democrats had, far from being deaf to Republican calls for compromise, had in fact incorporated the Republican idea of health insurance exchanges into legislation. And after praising a few Republicans such as McCain and Coburn for their suggestions and help, she went after GOP Congresscritters John Boehner and David Camp for outright lying about the health care legislation. And she closed with a delineation of the differences between the Democratic and Republican proposals.

Fabulous, just fabulous.

Posted in health care, Pelosi, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | 8 Comments »

The Weird Obliqueness Of The GOP

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 24, 2009

I’m sure by now you all have heard about the rather strange Republican National Committee attack ad leveled against Nancy Pelosi as part of their grand and deeply misogynistic GOP/Media pile-on intended to distract our attention from Bush/Cheney crimes.

What’s unusual here is that it’s a stupid ad, and fails at its task. If the RNC wants to strike fear in the hearts and genitals of white male blue-collar voters, they can’t do so by comparing Nancy Pelosi to Pussy Galore. Ms. Galore is a sexy, smart, sympathetic character, and a good girl at heart who Bond winds up redeeming. If they wanted to use a Bond villainess to hit the various misogyny and homophobia buttons in the Joe Sixpacks of the nation, Rosa Klebb would have been the smarter choice by far — see, Rosa Klebb’s a lesbian, and Pelosi lives in San Francisco, which has lots of lesbians!

But aside from whether the ad itself actually works, it seems to be typical of a new iteration of their long-standing habit of obliqueness from the Republicans — similar to what the late Lee Atwater referred to in 1981 as “getting abstract“:

”You start out in 1954 by saying, ‘Nigger, nigger, nigger.’ By 1968 you can’t say ‘nigger’ — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states’ rights and all that stuff. You’re getting so abstract now [that] you’re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you’re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.

”And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I’m not saying that. But I’m saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, ‘We want to cut this,’ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ‘Nigger, nigger.”’

Ever wonder why Republicans pushed the Obama’s-A-Muslim and Obama’s-A-Foreigner storylines? It’s because, as Lee Atwater said back in 1981, you can’t say ‘nigger’. Just as “cutting taxes” became oblique, abstracted Republican code for oppressing black people, Republicans use Muslims and foreigners as stand-ins for black and brown people in America.

And Al Giordano notes yet another facet of the GOP’s abstraction diamond, in that the hysteria whipped up over housing Guantanamo detainees in US prisons is made to subtly piggyback onto not just general fears of The Other, but onto the fears previously whipped up against undocumented workers from Latin America.

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Will Any Of The TradMed Sources Currently Uncritically Repeating GOP Nonsense About Pelosi…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 20, 2009

…ever stop to notice that Fred Malek, the first prominent Republican to endorse Mitt Romney for 2012, is the same guy who pulled off the infamous “Jew count” — which led to the demotion of two Jewish employees — at the Bureau of Labor Statistics under Richard Nixon?

Then again, the traditional media largely ignored this little blot on Malek’s escutcheon when he and other persons with bigoted histories were hired by John McCain’s campaign in 2007 — even though they were in the throes of pretending that Obama’s campaign had a “Jewish problem”.

Posted in anti-Semitism, Barack Obama, GOP/Media Complex, Pelosi, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Republicans as cancer, rightwing moral cripples, Silly Republicans, The smear industry, torture, working the refs | Comments Off on Will Any Of The TradMed Sources Currently Uncritically Repeating GOP Nonsense About Pelosi…

The Pelosi-Graham Twofer

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 14, 2009

As Marcy “Emptywheel” Wheeler mentions this morning, former Senator Bob Graham was on WNYC’s “In The Know” show to state, among other things, that the CIA made up two “briefing sessions” that never happened.

And now Nancy Pelosi is also pushing back against CIA attempts to poison-pill and investigations into their roles as torturers by claiming that she was in on it:

In a just-completed Capitol Hill press conference, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said without equivocation that the CIA is lying when it implies that she was briefed in on the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah. Pelosi stated that the CIA told her, in September 2002, that waterboarding was not among the “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on high value detainees. Reporting by Marcy—among others—now shows that the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah started at least a month earlier.

“They misled us every step of the way,” she said.

More to come on this. It’s already been demonstrated by Wheeler and TPM’s Greg Sargent that the CIA timelines are worthless. Maybe this might get the Traditional Media to stop uncritically accepting whatever comes out of the bowels of Bushie dead-enders at Langley?

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Three In A Row

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 14, 2008

Il-14, LA-06, and now MS-01.

All heavily Republican congressional districts. Two of them in the South. All of them came up for grabs in special elections this year. All of them faced heavy 527 and other pro-GOP ad buys that thought that tying the Democratic candidates to Obama and Pelosi would sink them.

And the Democrats have now won each of them.

The game, she is changing.

Posted in 2008, Barack Obama, Good Things, Pelosi, Republicans, Republicans acting badly | 4 Comments »

Pelosi draws primary challenge

Posted by Charles II on April 20, 2008

The website for her challenger, Shirley Golub, is http://www.shirley08.com. The primary is in June.

Assuming she survives the primary, Pelosi will then face Cindy Sheehan in the general election. Sheehan’s website is http://www.cindyforcongress.org/

Posted in Cindy Sheehan, Congress, Pelosi | 14 Comments »

Cindy Sheehan runs against Pelosi

Posted by Charles II on December 14, 2007

Via Avedon Carol and Unqualified Offerings, we learn that Cindy Sheehan has announced to run against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

I’m sure that money would not be turned away.

Posted in Cindy Sheehan, Pelosi, pink tutus | 4 Comments »

Burying The Lede On Pelosi And The CIA

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 10, 2007

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By now everyone’s heard about the Porter Goss Smear special designed to make Nancy Pelosi and the other Dems back off on the CIA’s destroying the torture tapes by implying that she OKed waterboarding back in 2002.

Well, Pelosi came out to rebut it yesterday — but you’d have to be a good reader to know this, as it hasn’t exactly been headlined.

Buried waaaaaay dowwwwn in this NYT article is something that should have been put right at the top, and the rest of the article (which consists of Silvestre Reyes’ fan-boy worship of Porter Goss protégé José Rodriguez) junked:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among the lawmakers who attended the briefing, issued a statement on Sunday saying that she eventually did protest the techniques and that she concurred with objections raised by a Democratic colleague in a letter to the C.I.A. in early 2003.

Funny how Porter Goss’ stenographers left that out of the press packs he handed out to them ‘on background’ .

UPDATE: Here’s Pelosi’s rebuttal and statement (h/t madmsf):

“On one occasion, in the fall of 2002, I was briefed on interrogation techniques the Administration was considering using in the future. The Administration advised that legal counsel for the both the CIA and the Department of Justice had concluded that the techniques were legal.

“I had no further briefings on the techniques. Several months later, my successor as Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman, was briefed more extensively and advised the techniques had in fact been employed. It was my understanding at that time that Congresswoman Harman filed a letter in early 2003 to the CIA to protest the use of such techniques, a protest with which I concurred.”

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Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, CIA, mythmaking, Pelosi, The smear industry, torture | 11 Comments »

And Now A Message From The ACLU

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 27, 2007

 From the Congress as Sheep webpage of the ACLU:

Help Us Run the “Congress as Sheep” Ads

Ever since a new Congress got elected last November, we’ve been waiting for it to end the violations of the Constitution and the lawless behavior of the Bush administration. Members of Congress acted, but instead of restoring our freedoms, they actually handed the Bush administration vast new powers to invade our privacy with no meaningful oversight from the courts or Congress.

Congress cowered to George Bush because they didn’t want to be labeled “soft on terrorism.” So, it’s time to show House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that Americans want them to protect our Constitution. It’s bad enough Congressional leaders have failed to act to restore habeas corpus, end torture and rendition, and close Guantanamo. But now Congress, led by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, has caved in to Bush fear-mongering and expanded a warrantless spying program they should be investigating and ending.

When our leaders behave like sheep, their constituents need to know it. Please make as generous a gift as you can afford to help us run these ads and keep the pressure on Congress.

Posted in 2008, ACLU, Congress, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Democrats, eedjits, fearmongering, First Amendment, getting a clue, habeas corpus, Harry Reid, NSA eavesdropping, Pelosi | Comments Off on And Now A Message From The ACLU

Awww, Pooooor Widdle Baaaabies!

Posted by Phoenix Woman on August 4, 2007

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That mean old Nancy Pelosi  made the Republicans and the chickenshits among the Dems wait a few hours before letting them vote to trash the Constitution.  Awwww.

One bit of good news tonight, and it might even be veto-proof:  House OKs $16 billion in new taxes for Big Oil.  Finally.

Posted in Alberto Gonzales, Congress, Constitution, Constitutional crisis, Pelosi | 3 Comments »