Diary

On The Speaker Of The House

She can’t count. And as a consequence–comme d’habitude–her snark is egregiously misplaced.Jacob Weisberg has written a lot of articles I find appallingly off the mark but he was dead-on accurate here:

. . . To understand [Pelosi’s] politics, think Huffington Post without the flashes of wit. Here is a typical Bush-bashing, cliché-ridden quote of hers: “The emperor has no clothes. When are people going to face the reality? Pull this curtain back!” Pelosi dismisses people who disagree as hoodwinked or stupid. She’s not exactly Hillary Clinton herself, though. A five-minute interview is usually sufficient to exhaust her knowledge on any subject. And she can flop around like a fish. When Rep. Jack Murtha, D-Pa., proposed a pullout, or “redeployment,” of U.S. troops from Iraq in November, Pelosi’s first reaction was to isolate him. “Mr. Murtha speaks for himself,” she said. But after taking a drubbing from left-wing bloggers and her anti-war constituents, she announced that she supported Murtha after all. This shored up her image as Washington’s answer to Barbra Streisand, and set up Dick Cheney to paint the Democrats as defeatist and unsupportive of our troops in Iraq.

Nice to see that nothing has changed ever since Pelosi took the Speaker’s chair. Or, perhaps not so nice, when you think more about it.