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Pelosi becomes favorite GOP target

August 17, 2009

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She’s an outspoken advocate of her party’s policies but often her own worst enemy. So it’s hardly a surprise Nancy Pelosi has become the House Republicans’ top target as they prepare for the 2010 mid-term elections.

Indeed, Republicans and their conservative allies have targeted the first woman speaker much as Democrats and liberals attacked Newt Gingrich a decade ago, when he became the first GOP speaker in 40 years.

Like the conservative Georgian, Pelosi, the California liberal, is a canny politician with a penchant for stirring controversy and who represents a party with an ambitious agenda. Republican strategists hope to link her to Democrats they consider vulnerable.

“Rodriguez-Pelosi Agenda Continues to Fall Flat With High Unemployment,” headlined a recent National Republican Congressional Committee media release in Rep. Ciro Rodriguez’s San Antonio-area district.

Another asks if Rodriguez “will continue to ignore the dangers of bringing Gitmo prisoners to the United States, or will Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco values finally take a back seat to the concerns of Texas families?”

The congressman’s press secretary, Rebeca Chapa, dismissed such attacks as “baseless rhetoric,” contending Rodriguez put his constituents first by opposing the auto and bank bailouts and President Barack Obama’s cap-and-trade energy measure.

Besides, while Pelosi’s approval ratings have fallen, such tactics didn’t work for Democrats when they linked Republicans to Gingrich and former Majority Leader Tom DeLay.

Any 2010 Republican successes more likely will stem from the national mood and Obama’s standing, lawmakers’ actual votes and political dynamics in several dozen districts. This is most likely in the 49 House districts that favored Republican presidential nominee John McCain and a Democrat for Congress or 20 others where Democrats won with less than 55 percent.

Rep. Chet Edwards’ Waco-centered district, a habitual but so far unsuccessful GOP target, is the only one in Texas fitting that profile. But Republicans believe Rodriguez is vulnerable, despite his 55.8 percent of the vote in a district Obama carried with 51 percent.

Pelosi’s favorable-unfavorable rating and that of congressional Democrats have dropped from roughly even, or even slightly positive, to clearly negative. (Republican leaders, though less well known, have even worse negative ratings, as does their party.)

One factor is Pelosi’s propensity for stirring controversies that fire up political adversaries and sometimes upset her allies.

She caused a major brouhaha on Capitol Hill by accusing the CIA of misleading Congress during the Bush administration about its methods of dealing with captured terrorists.

Earlier this month, she incited a conservative firestorm by telling an interviewer protesters were “carrying swastikas and symbols” to town meetings on health care. Aides cited signs at several meetings, including one conducted by Austin Democrat Lloyd Doggett.

That sparked often shrill and sexist fire from conservative Web sites, which talk show host Rush Limbaugh escalated by declaring, “There are far more similarities between Nancy Pelosi and Adolf Hitler than between these people showing up at town halls to protest a Hitler-like policy.” Limbaugh also likened an Obama campaign logo to one used by the Nazis.

Last week, Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer condemned efforts to disrupt town hall meetings in a newspaper op-ed and added, “Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”

That prompted predictable criticism from House GOP leader John Boehner and an unexpected rebuke from the Obama White House.

Despite “some orchestration of the folks who go out there,” deputy press secretary Bill Burton said, the more important fact is that “these are people who do have legitimate concerns and questions about health care reform.”

Pelosi has since kept a lower profile. And with a Democratic president, she may prove an even more elusive target than Gingrich, who was the country’s top Republican.

Comments

grammaddy 5 years, 1 month ago

Of course she is, the GOP doesn't know anything but fear-mongering and bullying so why not pick on the women,too.

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Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

gram, it sounds as if you are suggesting Pelosi should be treated differently because she has a vagina. That's not very equal-rights of you......

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monkeyhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

If she can't stand the heat, she should get in the kitchen.

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KS 5 years, 1 month ago

I am not supporting either a Democratic or Republican agenda, but if the best that the Dems can put up are Pelosi and Harry Reid, I feel sorry for the future of that party.

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sfjayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Hey Nancy, are you suggesting that the district that Pelosi represents is part of the 'bad America' that the leader of the republican party - Sarah Palin - spoke about during the campaign? Can you list for me the other parts of bad america? Where is good America?

KS - I agree that Reid and Pelosi are not the best, but take a look at the republican leadership if you really want to feel sorry for someone.

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Practicality 5 years, 1 month ago

sfjayhawk (Anonymous) says…

"Hey Nancy, are you suggesting that the district that Pelosi represents is part of the 'bad America' that the leader of the republican party - Sarah Palin - spoke about during the campaign? Can you list for me the other parts of bad america? Where is good America?"

Yes, that is an easy question, sfjayhawk.

San Francisco would definitely be on that list, as well as the rest of California. Throw New York in there as well. Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, Miami (well all of Florida), Philly, Detroit, D.C., all of Louisana, half of Mississippi, AND last but definitely not least, Lawrence Kansas.

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jimmyjms 5 years, 1 month ago

"Never mind most of this group she was addressing are probably driving cars plastered with foreign flags, are using stolen or forged documentation., and are bleeding this country to death financially."

Ah, nothing like some idiotic stereotyping to strengthen your post, there, hillbilly.

"Just look at the district she represents"

Oh, is SF not in "Real 'Merica"?

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Practicality 5 years, 1 month ago

My list was for Bad America, sorry for the confusion.

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sfjayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Practicality - can you also enlighten me as to where good america is? (so I can stay away). Also, what should be done with bad america?

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LiberalDude 5 years, 1 month ago

Like gram said, this really isn't surprising. Republicans and conservatives want things to revert back to 1950's America. They want women in the kitchen and have a big problem women in positions of power. Republicans are sexist.

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monkeyhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

Just trying to lighten things up LibDude. Chill!

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Richard Heckler 5 years, 1 month ago

The repub/neoconservative/PNAC party is largest law breaker in our nations history:

Isn't it odd each time our nations financial institutions crumble there are Bush family near by and a McCain still in office?

Who has history with financial institutions going south such as the savings and loan scandal? Republicans! http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

McCain: The Most Reprehensible of the Keating Five. The story of "the Keating Five" has become a scandal rivaling Teapot Dome and Watergate ... http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/1989-11-29/news/mccain-the-most-reprehensible-of-the-keating-five/1

CRIME: Who hosted the Iran Contra secret illegal sale of weapons? Republicans! http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.html http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.html

CRIME: Who brought the nation Iran Contra number 2? Republicans! http://www.democracynow.org/2008/3/5/iran_contra_20_how_the_bush

CRIME: Which party illegally spied on the democrats to win an election? Republicans! Watergate! http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

CRIME: Which party held secret energy meetings and refused our elected officials its' content and who attended? GW Bush and the republicans!

CRIME: Which party lied to congress and the world,went against military advice and created the worst strategic blunder in the history of the USA aka Iraq War? Republican Party! http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10348418/

Which party has held secret oil deals with Saudi Arabia? Republicans! http://www.democracynow.org/2004/4/20/did_bush_cut_secret_oil_deal

CRIME: Secret Oil deals for Iraq Oil- Republicans! http://www.pubrecord.org/nationworld/262.html?task=view

CRIME AGAINST DEMOCRACY : PNAC's policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members hold highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

The USA has fewer jobs for taxpayers today as a result of a Texas republican governor exercising his executive decision making powers as president of the USA

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beatrice 5 years, 1 month ago

Given that only those in her district will be the ones voting for her, unless the attacks can sway California voters I say the Republicans are wasting their time. That is fine with me, of course. When you add to that the fact that the vast majority of Americans can't actually name who the Speaker of the House is, I'll bet speaking out against her has little sway over how people vote in their own districts. It is just to stir up those who already don't like her. Big deal. The Going Obsolete Party is the party of no ideas, and they are floundering.

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weeslicket 5 years, 1 month ago

practicality: "My list was for Bad America, sorry for the confusion." really? there is a BAD AMERICA out there (somewhere). and then there is a GOOD AMERICA out there (somewhere).

practicality: "San Francisco would definitely be on that list, as well as the rest of California. Throw New York in there as well. Boston, Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, Miami (well all of Florida), Philly, Detroit, D.C., all of Louisana, half of Mississippi, AND last but definitely not least, Lawrence Kansas." good lord. all large cities (or most) are out of bounds as well as some entire southern states? just exactly where does the GOOD AMERICA reside?

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