Sunday, October 3, 2010

Why does the right demonize Nancy Pelosi?

In campaign ads by Republicans running this year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D, CA) image appears the most as an object of fear even more than Barack Hussein Obama or any other, Democratic Leader. In right wing blogs more grotesque images of her appear such as the one reproduced here. Why?

Does she go around saying nutty things like Christine O'Donnell or Cynthia McKinney? Did she run away from her public service duties like Sarah Palin? Could she be she any more power hungry or sleazy than Newt (gives his first wife divorce papers while she was in the hospital with cancer) Gingrich, Tom (currently under indictment) Delay or Charlie (Dominican Republic Tax Shelter) Rangle? Is she any more of an aggressive power broker than Harry Reid (who may lose his job to another nutty ditz like Sharron Angle) or Rahm ("Obama's most loyal supporters are f_ing retarded") Emanuel?
The answers to these questions are no. If anything she disappointed some on the left when she immediately ruled out impeaching George W. Bush and Dick Cheyney after becoming speaker for their war in Iraq, warrantless wiretapping, torture memos, outing of Valerie Plame etc. and this is how they repay her?

Could it be because she represents the city of San Francisco in the House of Representatives? Hmm with what is this city often associated? The 49ers? The Golden Gate Bridge? Tony Bennett? Alcatraz? Not to the right wing in this country. For them it is homosexuals and the summer of love. Outright gay bashing is not is not as acceptable as it used to be so she has become a code word for it. has an analysis of how House member's voting in unison with Pelosi is exaggerated by Republicans in ads (and by Democrats who want to distance themselves from her).

NRCC Overstates Dems’ Voting Record with Pelosi
And Democrats spin the voting data, too

Democrat Jim Marshall uses hippie imagery of San Francisco to dissociate himself from Pelosi (he lost).

Pelosi gives an interview to Politics Daily where she answers the attacks on her and talks about other election issues. I've received many reactions on Facebook and here about my argument that the attacks on her are really coded gay/hippie bashing. She says the attacks on her are because she's effective which I don't really agree with either. I believe that she was more of a go with the flow politician who caved in when it mattered most on issues the health care Public Option. Judge for yourself whether the attacks on her are warranted.

Video: Melinda Henneberger Interviews Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The demonizing may have worked she will no longer be speaker in January but she ran for House Minority Leader. She won 150-43 against Heath Shuler because the House Progressive Caucus only lost one member on Tuesday while the moderate Blue Dog Caucus who demonized her too in their ads lost half of their members. In the one ad above, Jim Marshall D-GA lost 53%-47%.One Pittsburgh Congressman, Mike Doyle, has announced support for her. If that is the case look for more demonizing in 2012.

'Pelosi is not (Dems') problem,' Doyle says

**Check out**
Pelosi Easily Retains Leadership Post; Now She Must Lead | The Nation
Now that Speaker Pelosi will soon be Minority Leader Pelosi the focus should now be put on the Senate Democratic leadership


  1. For the love of Pete. I am so damn tired of the Left and its tired old persecution complexes. There's enough that's progressive (i.e., quasi-socialist Nanny statism) about San Fran and California in general to be criticized without resorting to gay-bashing. My distaste for Nancy "We have to pass the bill to see what's in it" Pelosi hasn't a damn thing to do with homosexuals, and I'm not alone.

  2. Oh, for the record (and before you say it), I do not support or like any of the other politicians listed in your post, nor do I align myself with the Right. If you'd questioned why I loathed some Republican and insinuated a hateful disposition you'd have gotten a similar reaction from me.

  3. Thanks Eric. San Francisco is code for a lot of things. Using gay marriage as a wedge issue was very effective in the 2004 election. It was a ballot initiative in 11 states, approved in all 11, arguably gave Bush his majority in the popular vote and Republicans large majorities in Congress. This could be another form of it.

  4. I try (but don't always succeed) to follow the advice of Dr. Gregory Popcak (a Catholic psychotherapist/counselor) to give benefit of the doubt and not assume that someone else is deliberately an ass. Presuming crypto-homophobia in Pelosi haters definitely fails to give benefit of the doubt.