The other day I suggested that it might be a bad thing if Nancy Pelosi became the Speaker of the House. In fact, I suggest that every day.
You may remember that I pointed out Mrs. Pelosi represents that hotbed of neo-conservative thought: San Francisco.
Some of you took exception to my characterizing the people of San Francisco as being sort of Left-ish (or is it Left-esque?) in their outlook on the world.
Well, guess what? I was right!
Dear Mr. Mullings:
As they say in the NFL when a rookie scores a touchdown and dances around like Walter Huston doing the Treasure of the Sierra Madre dance 'o joy: Act like you've been there before.
I'm not that correct, that often so I think it's good to point it out when I am. Especially during the Subscription Drive.
Anyway, it seems that Mark Z. Barabak of the LA Times ran up the coast to see what was what and found:
"To much of the country, Nancy Pelosi is the liberal embodiment of a city as crazy as its near-vertical hills. But here at home, the Democratic House leader is seen as something else: sober, centrist and very much a part of the political establishment…"
Get that? Nancy Pelosi whom the NY Times' Nancy Steinhauer described thus:
"Her voting record is among the most liberal in Congress. She gets an "A" from the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League and an "F" from the National Rifle Association. She favors alternative sentencing over prison construction, schools without prayer and death with taxes."
Just to review: Pelosi's voting record "is among the most liberal in Congress," yet her constituents still see her as "centrist and very much a part of the political establishment."
If Pelosi becomes Speaker of the House, her constituents will demand she reward them with policies they (and the rest of the Howard Dean/MoveoOn.org wing of the Democratic party) are panting with desire to embrace.
Here's a partial line-up of committee chairs who will be pulling Mrs. Pelosi to the left:
Charles Rangel (D-NY) - the tax-writing Ways & Means Committee,
Howard Berman (D-CA) - Judiciary (where impeachment proceedings are born),
Henry Waxman (D-CA) - Government Reform Committee, and
Barney Frank (D-MA) - Financial Services
Oh, yeah. That's a regular rogues' gallery of moderates.
As further proof of the basic position on the political continuum that Mrs. Pelosi's constituents occupy, Barabak reminds us that:
In 2004, Sen. John F. Kerry won 62% of the presidential vote at home in Massachusetts. Here, he garnered 85%.
And speaking of John Kerry, was speaking at Pasadena City College in California when, according to the Pasadena Star-News Kerry said:
"You know, education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don't, you get stuck in Iraq."
Sen. John McCain jumped into the fray and demanded "[A]n apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country's call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education."
Kerry, showed how little he has learned in the two years since he was defeated by George W. Bush, said his remarks were being "distorted" and in any event they were, a "botched joke."
Then he went on to say the criticism is largely the work of "assorted right-wing nut jobs."
Senator "Right-Wing Nut Job" McCain? Let me introduce you to Senator "Glass Jaw" Kerry.
And … if that was a "botched joke," what was the actual joke supposed to be?
Pelosi, Kerry and the people of San Francisco running the country. Talk about a botched joke.
On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: Links to both the LA and the NY Times articles, a Mullfoto which will make you cringe because of its sophomoric humor and a Catchy Caption of the Day.