Posted on Fri, Nov. 22, 2002
The carving knives are already at work on Pelosi
By Ellen Goodman
Isn't it nice to have a woman around the House? It's barely a week since
Nancy Pelosi became minority leader and there's already been a regime change
of metaphors. Out with sports; in with food.
On "Meet the Press," the woman who became head of the Democratic Household
cheerily compared her post-election fate to the patriotic poultry.
"You know the story. It's like the Thanksgiving turkey," she said. "You
bring it out, you get this great honor, everybody oohs and ahs ... and then
they begin to carve you up."
The slice-and-dicing began with the usual suspects. The Economist called her
"a disaster for the Democrats." The National Review foamed - and foam is the
right word - that she was a "latte liberal." Rush Limbaugh dubbed her "Miss
America" and his political-porn Web site featured her head on a beauty
Across the media spectrum she was characterized as a "San Francisco
Democrat" - wink, wink, nod. And the Democratic Party chair in South
Carolina basically asked her not to show her face in his state.
At this rate, Pelosi will be down to the wishbone any day now.
Meanwhile, what of the election of her Republican counterpart, Tom DeLay,
aka "The Hammer,""The Exterminator, "the "meanest man in Congress"? He
barely got a nick in his drumstick.
In some places, DeLay's rise to majority leader was so inevitable it was
deemed non-news. In other places, he was paired with Pelosi - San Francisco
Left and Sugar Land Right - as if the two were symmetrical dining partners.
This is the Tom DeLay who called the EPA a "Gestapo," said the Columbine
shooting was caused by birth control and day care, and that global warming
is a myth. He talks about the "Nobel Appeasement Prize," and doesn't want
kids to go to Texas A&M because there's sex on campus.
Shall I go on? He once described Democratic voters as a combo of
"Greenpeace, Queer Nation and the National Education Association" while
claiming the Republican Big Tent included "all kinds of people, from the
Christian Coalition to the Eagle Forum, from Arco to Exxon."
But somehow or other Pelosi, who believes in gay rights, was put on a par of
extremism with a DeLay, who doesn't believe in evolution. Pass the cranberry
It wasn't just politics that ended up with Pelosi on the platter and DeLay
unscathed. It was also gender.
The mother of five was the first woman to break through what she called the
"marble ceiling." No sooner had she won than people were asking, did you run
as a woman? This is a question that Pat Schroeder famously answered with the
retort, "Do I have a choice?"
The implication is that after 215 years of male leadership, Pelosi had some
unfair and suspiciously female advantage. A model of restraint, answered
again and again, "I didn't run as a woman but as a person with 15 years of
But all the "persons" in America are female, while the "men" are men. So how
come no one has ever asked Tom DeLay whether he ran as a man?
As the Democratic National Committee's Ann Lewis says, "I'd love to hear the
Sunday morning shows earnestly discussing what does it mean that the
Republicans elected a man. Do we think he used his gender to political
advantage? Is it fair?"
Ah, fantasyland. As the next Congress opens, we'll see two different images.
A Democrat from the hills of a dot-com boom-and-bust country who smiles,
maybe too much. A Republican from the flatlands of sprawl and oil who kept
two bullwhips in his office. Both shine in that unisex venture of
fund-raising. So how come only one is getting carved up?
Let us assume that it is still early in this political feast. I'm told that
Pelosi's specialty is dessert: raspberry chocolate cake. I just hope we
leave enough room.
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"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so
long as I'm the dictator." - GW Bush 12/18/2000.
"I mean, I was trying to get out of harm's way."
---George W. Bush on his own cowardice.
"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that
we are to stand by the president right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic
and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."
"How's it playing?"
---George W. Bush
Nobody said that.
This is a typical ploy: when you want to fabricate a story, you refer
to "people were saying..." or "many were asking...." or "in the eyes of
many". You can't be accused of lying, because in a nation of 280
million people you can always find "many" people willing to say
anything--even that they saw Elvis.
Pelosi has been criticized for being out of step with America's move to
the right. That's all.
Steven D. Litvintchouk
>This is a typical ploy: when you want to fabricate a story, you refer
>to "people were saying..." or "many were asking...." or "in the eyes of
How come you didn't whine from 1992 to 2000 when your fuckwit's were
doing the same thing?
Fucking hypocrite conservative asshole.
Beck writes :
>Buy yourself a quality pistol. (I recommend the Beretta 92F, but
>that's just me. Aesthetic considerations have been admirably served
>in my own case with the FS - stainless steel - and custom black walnut
>grips, but all that is your lookout.) Get yourself qualified to
>handle it. Make damned sure you know what you're doing. Once that's
>done, get yourself a bunch of dry-fire rounds in your caliber.
>They're usually available at any quality gun shop in bubble-packs of
>five for less than about fifteen dollars. (The ones I use are
>transparent red plastic, with the pad spring visible above the brass,
>inside.) Keeping one in the chamber at all times, never watch the
>TEEVEE without your dry-fire pistol near at hand. Whenever The Lying
>Bastard appears, exploit the opportunity and your visceral reaction
>for purposes of target acquisition training and full-grip squeeze
>On Sun, 24 Nov 2002 22:07:55 GMT, Steven Litvintchouk
><sdli...@earthlink.net> wrote like a right wing scumbag:
>>This is a typical ploy: when you want to fabricate a story, you refer
>>to "people were saying..." or "many were asking...." or "in the eyes of
>How come you didn't whine from 1992 to 2000 when your fuckwit's were
>doing the same thing?
>Fucking hypocrite conservative asshole.
He must have forgotten the "rumors swirling" and "provides a rare
glimpse" genres of fake journalism to put non-stories like Travel Gate
and White Water on front pages.
And now, we have AWOL Bush ignoring intellegence.
An attorney general more interested in shutting down whorehouses and
draping nude statuary.
And the supposedly liberal media has their collective noses so far up
AWOL Bush's crack that if he stopped short, they'd come out his mouth.
T'was nothing fabricated about the Stainmaker's IMPEACHMENT. Or his
DISBARRMENT. Or his FINES for LYING. Or his ultimate DISGRACE!
Them's all in the history books, fuckwit.
That and the fact that you're OUT OF POWER and LOSING SEATS!!!
Even history laughs at you, dumbfuck...
Fucking left-wing DEATHLOON.