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You Have To Admire Nancy Pelosi

Posted on | December 6, 2011 | 30 Comments

by Smitty

Daily Pundit reacts to Nancy Pelosi’s outburst of affection for Newt Gingrich with a wild burst of affection:

Pelosi’s real worry is that a Gingrich Presidency probably means she’ll end up doing some time in the Graybar Hotel for her own depredations. Gingrich is notably petty and vindictive, and he’s just mean enough – and knowledgeable enough – to wreak vengeance on the California Cupid Stunt.
You know what, though? She’s got bupkus that will make any difference. The Dems are absolutely terrified of Newt Gingrich in the White House. He’s got their numbers, knows where all their bodies, living and dead, are buried, and has a history of doing more damage to their power than any single man since the advent of the FDR era. Remember, it was Newt who broke their half-century stranglehold on the House of Representatives, the wellspring of legislation, a stranglehold they’ve never since really regained. They fear him with a great fear, and with extremely good reason.

I’m not fully sold on Newt. I seem to recall a time when I was just old enough to vote, that Newt was Speaker. Ross Perot, that proto-Tea Partier, had just split the conservative vote, and given us Bubba. Newt’s Contract with America was a swell way to harness that Perot energy. Where did that energy go?

Nancy understands exactly where the lines are. I don’t buy that her statement is less than calculated. She buys a substantial chunk of the value of any ‘Newtaquiddick’ revelations merely by hinting at their ‘existence’. There is the insinuation that something really bad has gone on. Maybe Newt likes to use cars as submarines?

This is a fact-free finger point. Her task is merely to sow doubt, as she’s quickly walked the hint back to nothing not publicly available. You have to see this as the same technique used to take down Herman Cain. Whether or not substantial evidence outside of public view exists matters not; those who, gullibly, believe thing #1 in the stream of effluent emerging from Pelosi will figure that, like Herman Cain, Newt absolutely has to be hiding something: Newt is guilty.

Says Nancy

“I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year.”

The supply of loose Al-Qaeda thugs has certainly dwindled, but there still enough out there that three could be found with whom we should like to lock Nancy in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. It might help adjust her attitude. The aroma alone could help clear her head. Those guys are so malodorous as to make #Occupy hippies pleasant by comparison.

The real point here is that the notion of innocence until guilt is proven needs some shoring. Nancy herself is likely technically free of any wrongdoing, as detailed in Throw Them All Out. We should not let the urge for emotional satisfaction in seeing her marched off to jail trigger any ex post facto witch hunts. The last century of Progressivism has been an extended act of theft. Guilt abounds. So, hammer Nancy if in fact she is found in violation of existing law, but be very, very careful about the ready, shoot, aim approach.

Newt, one hopes, will offer some Saul-to-Paul testimony that can build confidence that he’s not pulling the ’90s stunt of harnessing patriotic energy to further the Progressive project. It’s something of an irony that the guy with arguably the most education about what the country was founded to be is the guy with the least publicly demonstrated will to carry out that founding vision.

Hence the Santorum interest. And may God have mercy on the foul Nancy Pelosi.

Also brimming with affection for Nancy: Dell Hill “Granny Rictus McBotoxImplants”. To which I’ll reply:

Michael Corleone: No! Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.

The poor wee Nancy.

But this afternoon, Pelosi’s spokesman, Drew Hammill, suggested that her comments have been misconstrued beyond the leader’s intent.

Representative Pelosi, if you had any less credibility, you would be Harry Reid. Your little backstab had precisely the intended effect, just as you send Hammill out to play the ‘misconstrued’ card.

The only people who believe you, Nancy, are those whose belief you rent.

Update: linked by Fischersville Mike, who makes the interesting point that Newt has been a Virginian for the last decade.


30 Responses to “You Have To Admire Nancy Pelosi”

  1. Joe
    December 6th, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    The Dems are absolutely terrified of Newt Gingrich in the White House. He’s got their numbers, knows where all their bodies, living and dead, are buried, and has a history of doing more damage to their power than any single man since the advent of the FDR era.

    There is some truth in that.  Newt could be an effective president.  He could also be an utter disaster for conservatives.  The Dems also know a lot about Newt’s past mistakes and will not hesitate to use it in an election.   It is much easier to mudsling when the target makes his own mudpies. 

  2. Joe
    December 6th, 2011 @ 11:14 am

    Meanwhile we have this tool opinining.  I wish someone would give Joe Scarborough a “Kenneth what’s the frequency” visit.   Newt is a flawed guy (and by the way, I am not sure if I will go Newt over Mitt since that looks increasinly that will be my choice)–but I am absolutely sure Joe Scarborough is a sell out MSNBC stooge who deserves a good ass whoopin.  He may have been somewhat conservative at one time, but he sold his soul years ago to be a fat goldfish in a very small bowl.  That nobody watches. 

  3. Joe
    December 6th, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    One point of clarification, on damage to Democratic power, I am pretty sure that Newt does not rank higher than Ronald Reagan, or even Barry Goldwater, or for that matter conservative pundits like Bill Buckley or Rush Limbaugh, but he played a roll (more than Joe Scarborough ever did).  And I thank him for that. 

  4. Bob Belvedere
    December 6th, 2011 @ 11:32 am

    There was a line cut out of the original release of The Godfather II that is restored in one of the extended versions:

    Tom: It’s business, not personal, Michael.

    Michael: Everything is personal, Tom.

  5. smitty
    December 6th, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    That things are personal is not an argument against remaining dispassionate.

  6. ThePaganTemple
    December 6th, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    Newt’s my second choice, and I can actually see ways in which he would be better than Bachmann. Of all the candidates, Newt’s the one who would probably have zero compunction about frog marching every single Democrat off of Capitol Hill to a permanent cell in Gitmo where most of them could probably very easily be proven to belong. I don’t like this talk about “working with Democrats” but on the other hand, that probably means something a hell of a lot different than when its uttered by a John McCain or a Mitt Romney.

  7. rosalie
    December 6th, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    I’d like to think that the majority of Republicans/ Conservatives don’t give a h00t what Pelosi says or insinuates.  If the Independents  havent wised up by now, they’re hopeless.   We ended up with an inept President because of the economy.  I just hope we end up with someone on our side because of the economy.   

  8. chuck coffer
    December 6th, 2011 @ 12:51 pm

    “You Have To Admire Nancy Pelosi”

    Uhh. No.  I don’t.

  9. Pathfinder's wife
    December 6th, 2011 @ 1:17 pm

    Oh I admire her.  You have to admire professionals and give them their due.  If there is anybody who has made being a venal, pandering corrupt old bat into a profession, it’s Miz Nancy — she has a lot of gall; hopefully her days of polluting Washington and the public discourse are numbered (although I’m afraid they are not).

    Whatever else, it’s a mistake to discredit the damage she could potentially do just because you can’t stand venal, pandering, loathesome old bats.

  10. chuck coffer
    December 6th, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Then your admiration of Satan must be limitless.

  11. Pathfinder's wife
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    Well, Old Scratch certainly has done a bang up job of deceiving people that’s for sure.

    Please; if you can’t understand the left handed compliment being paid to Ms. Pelosi (and it is left handed, speaking of the devil himself and the origins of that colloquialism) then I question your ability to understand just why she needs to be made toothless (which even though her credibility is damaged greatly, she still isn’t).  It’s not wise to dismiss somebody just because you don’t like them and/or find them repugnant. 

    It also does not good to go around blaming other people when your side has failed to do the de-fanging required. 
    That, again only in my paltry opinion, is the lesson here.

  12. steve benton
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    I don’t see it that way. I want someone that will tear their heads off, and Newt is great at that. You assume if we get someone “without” baggage, then he will be untouchable,right? Ask Herman about “made up lies” exhibit 1.

  13. Anonymous
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    I don’t know, I am kind of skeptical of Newt following through on any type of “frog march.”  His history points to “compromise” and “working with liberal Democrats.”  He has always been all talk and no action.  As soon as the press vilification occurs, which it certainly will, let’s see how he reacts.  That’s the true test, IMO.

    It also depends “which” Newt shows up. 

  14. steve benton
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:34 pm

    I pray for Nancy to enjoy her retirement, whether it be in San Fran, or a federal facility.

  15. Adjoran
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    No, we have to give him his due.  He got 9 of 10 Contract items passed in the House (7 made it into law), forced welfare reform and a capital gains cut on Clinton, and instituted the budget reforms which led to projected surpluses for the first time in 40 years.  Reagan tops him with tax reform and winning the Cold War, but Newt is second.

    The qualities which made him a successful Speaker for the first couple terms don’t necessarily translate into a successful Presidency, though, and most of his screw-ups and errors were 100% self-induced.

  16. Adjoran
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:39 pm

    How is Newt different?  Would he kiss the knife before he stabs conservatives in the back?

    He operates EXACTLY like McCain always has:  a strong conservative record punctuated by high-profile defections on key issues from time to time, always slandering the conservatives who don’t go along. 

    Between the two of them, I’d rather have McCain covering my 6 – not that I wouldn’t be nervous about it.

  17. Adjoran
    December 6th, 2011 @ 2:43 pm

    I can’t recall of a member of the Ethics Committee making such a statement in public, ever.  It violates every principle of having it, not that it has ever been effective. 

    However, if you go back and read the testimony of the EC’s lead counsel in the investigation, who was upset at the hand-slap penalty Newt drew, you will see she isn’t just blowing smoke.  There ARE a lot of details the public doesn’t know, but surely will if Newt is the nominee.

  18. Charles
    December 6th, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

    Too bad they let Nancy Pelosi out of that locked room.

  19. Anonymous
    December 6th, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Right there with you. Not a single thing to admire about that crook; not even her crookery.

  20. Anonymous
    December 6th, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

    Thanks for the scorecard.  I’d forgotten just how much Newt got done despite Bubba.  I’m getting mighty sick of the Ronulans insisting their man is effective, when he’s gotten a total of ONE of his bills passed, which benefited the people of Texas only (it was a museum or something).

  21. ThePaganTemple
    December 7th, 2011 @ 12:41 am

    You’ve actually made the best case here for Newt I’ve seen. The fact that he can legitimately claim credit for most of the good things that happened during Clinton’s tenure, the things that Clinton typically gets all the credit for. Newt can easily say “hey, not so fast” anytime somebody starts that shit, like Obama did in his Teddy Roosevelt incantation just yesterday.

  22. Ccoffer
    December 7th, 2011 @ 1:36 am

    You confuse a lack of admiration with dismissal.

    I don’t “dismiss” wee lord brakabama and his minions, but you can bet everything you own that I don’t admire a single one of the filthy maggots. I don’t admire termites. I don’t admire fleas.

  23. Anonymous
    December 7th, 2011 @ 4:35 am

    “Hence the Santorum interest.”

    You cannot wish something into existence.  Reality does not work that way.

    It’s Obama or Romney or Newt.  So if you lash out against Newt, that might be emotionally satisfying, but then you must explain why you support Mitt Romney.

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  25. Bob Belvedere
    December 7th, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    The qualities that make someone an effective Speaker are not necessarily the same ones that make an effective Chief Executive – tactical proficiency vs. strategic.

    Some Colonels aren’t meant to be Generals.

  26. Bob Belvedere
    December 7th, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    Exactly.  I mean, you could at least admire John Dillinger’s style.

  27. Bob Belvedere
    December 7th, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    He wants to be remembered as ‘A Statesman!’, which is a mental illness.

    True statesmen don’t will themselves to be one; the title can only be bestowed by History.

  28. Bob Belvedere
    December 7th, 2011 @ 9:43 am

    Well then, I guess we should all should go home and forget about everything, eh?

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  30. Anonymous
    December 7th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

    “Hence the Santorum interest” — HAHAHAHA.
    I can just imagine Santorum up against Pelosi.  This guy couldn’t even win an election in his home state.  Gimme a break.  My only “interest” in Santorum is that he throws his support behind Gingrich.