Friday, May 21, 2004
Nancy Pelosi Speaks Out! (click here)
WASHINGTON FOLLIES. What's gotten into the Speaker Guy all of a sudden? For years we get hardly a peep from him as Daschle and Kennedy and McDermott and Schirmer and Rangel scorch the President and Republicans in general for everything under the sun. Then, within the space of just a few days, he takes on both McCain and Pelosi.
First, he lit into the Senior Panderer from Arizona:
Asked Wednesday about McCain's remarks, Hastert, who was rejected for military service because of a bad shoulder, first joked: "Who? Where's he from? A Republican?"
Then, more seriously, he said: "If you
want to see sacrifice, John McCain ought to visit our young men and
women at Walter Reed and Bethesda (two Washington area military
hospitals). There's the sacrifice in this country. We're trying to make
sure that they have the ability to fight this war, that they have the
wherewithal to be able to do it. And at the same time, we have to react
to keep this country strong not only militarily but economically. We
want to be able to have the flexibility to do it. That's my reply to
House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said Pelosi "has the right to disagree with President Bush.''
"But her comments
president's competence cross the line,
'' Hastert said. "Was it incompetence that put Saddam Hussein in jail?
Was it incompetence that disbanded the Taliban? Was it incompetence
that spurred the fastest economic growth rate in 20 years? Was it
incompetence that created the highest home ownership rate in history?''
We doubt that he'll choose to go another
round with McCain, but this is quite a lot of progress, considering
what we said about him in Shuteye Nation back in 2000:
The Speaker Guy. The
second most powerful man in the United States of Ameria, which means
we must be talking about, uh, uh...
Is it Humbert? Hissifit? Uh, sorry, can't think of it just now. If you
find out, please let us know.
So we finally know his name, but we
still can't figure out what's behind this unprecedented bravery. Is it
Wheaties? Steroids? Or is it just that all the screaming and shrieking
from the anti-Bush crowd interrupted his four-year nap? We'll let you
know if we find out anything, but we're pretty confident that any show
of guts by Republicans in Congress must be an aberration, not a trend.