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GOP Compares Pelosi to Bond Villain

By Garance Franke-Ruta
In a little-noticed Web video posted on YouTube yesterday, the Republican Nation Committee compares the first female speaker of the House to Bond girl Pussy Galore from the 1964 film Goldfinger. The video closes by replacing the character's first name with the word Democrats.

Set against the iconic James Bond movie theme music, the video "Pelosi vs. CIA" takes viewers through Pelosi's accusation against the CIA that "they mislead us all the time" and that "their business is deception." White House Press Secretary Robert Gibb's desire to stay out of the fray is also highlighted. "Starring Nancy Pelosi," the video, which mimics a film trailer, says over a split-screen shot of the speaker and partially-obscured images of what appears to be Honor Blackman, who played Pussy Galore. Galore was a rare female criminal ring-leader in the film franchise based on Ian Fleming's novels, and eventually switched to Secret Agent 007's side. The GOP video also features a shot of a hand from the Goldfinger movie, and two shots of Pelosi smoothing back her bob.

The GOP spot closes with the tagline, over a nearly-nude woman's back, "Lack of Leadership. Democrats Galore."

Pelosi's office declined formal comment and the RNC did not immediately respond to calls or an e-mail. The video would seem at odds with a recommendation from RNC Chairman Michael Steele today, who told members of his party in a speech that they should stop going after Pelosi, "whom nobody likes."

Posted at 7:38 PM ET on May 19, 2009  | Category:  National Security
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Yes we can! Help ensure national security that is. Usually these loony toon productions are created by the FBI and posted on the Blogspot to give them a pretence to throw up an entrapment funnel around anyone they claim is a threat (with super secret repercussions built in for all the cases that go south because the target is innocent). But this neat production sets the standard for how the balance between freedom and national security will be handled by each and every administration. Lots of people in foreign county's are scared to criticize their security and intelligence services as each one fights its own brand of terror. So lets see how their balance is holding up as many of their people said no we can't. Terror is terror and the greater the repercussion the more that can be done to any individual, and that is a common thread among all these intelligence services.

Posted by: Wsstatesecret | May 25, 2009 10:16 PM

Comparing Nancy Pelosi to Pussy Galore. Wow how adult, how classy. How long before the GOP is nothing more than a bunch of old, white, fat, southern men. And they wonder why women voted for Obama. This is disgusting and they need to be raked over the coals for it.

Posted by: basket | May 23, 2009 8:59 PM

If there are any Republicans out there who want to end the RNC's reliance on one cable TV-ready stunt after the other, here's how to do it: go to appearances by Dems and ask them real questions on video. By that I mean getting into a real debate about things that matter; I don't mean ranting or open-ended questions. Then, upload the video to Youtube:

That will also have the impact of undercutting the MSM and showing them to be the hacks they are (present company somewhat excluded).

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | May 23, 2009 5:40 PM

The disorganized Republicans seem to be desperately searching for something to criticize a Democrat, any Democrat, about.

What a pitiful party they have become. Losers all.

Posted by: janye1 | May 20, 2009 1:17 PM

Although I would much prefer a rational debate on the merits of the issues involved, i.e. the inescapable fact both parties, Democrat and Republican, aided and abetted the out of control Bush/Cheney/Rove deceitful government responsible for lying to the American people and the whole world, I appreciate their continuing efforts to cover up their own complicity.

Those of us who recall the lies of prior government officials (LBJ, Nixon, Reagan, and George Bush Sr. regarding Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra, etc.) know that the only way voters will ever know of these lies is when they fall all over themselves trying to cover-up earlier falsehoods.

So Nancy Pelosi, the Republican Party officials and their supporting cast of political pundits are performing this country a huge service. This ruckus over who knew what, when may well be the only way everyone and everything is exposed.

We need a panel of well respected, honest citizens who are capable of exposing any wrongdoing by holding public hearings.

But we need transparent honesty and a willingness to really get to the bottom of this viper's nest of illegal and dangerous unconstitutional activity that threatened the safety of our country as well as world peace and security. We cannot afford an other white-wash committee like we had with the JFK assassination cover-up, the origins and aftermath of the Vietnam War or the 1980's Iran-Contra Hearings that failed to hold Reagan/Bush accountable for their illegal activities. We need a panel of trustworthy citizens who will not shirk from being wholly open, honest and willing to expose any and all improper activities undertaken by anyone guilty. And these guilty individuals need to be held responsible and accountable or we will never get our country on the path we could/should be following.

Just for the record . . . the news media has been part of the problem in the sensationalizing way they cover the news and fail to investigate and report the truth . . . and we, as citizens and voters must recognize and change our willingness not to care and to be so easily mislead.

After all, all the above crimes and stupidity of the Bush years and past missteps have all been committed "in our name", haven't they?

Peace within and with us all,

Posted by: peacecmk | May 20, 2009 12:54 PM

Things like this can be effective if they serve to make Nancy Pelosi the face of the Democratic majority in the House. She was not popular even before this latest what did know and when did she know it controversy over torture.

The reference to the movie Goldfinger may be a bit dated but it reminds of another ad that the RNC ran on television before the 1978 midterm elections. Republicans gained seats in both the House and the Senate that year.

The ad depicted two men in a car. The driver looked a lot like the Speaker of the House at time: the late Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill (D-MA) and the passenger was an everyman figure who repeatedly said, "Congressman, we're running out of gas" to the O'Neill figure as they pass by gas stations and as the fuel gauge gets closer to E.

They finally run out of gas and the O'Neill figure looks shocked and says "We're out of gas!" while the everyman figure looks disgusted. An announcer then says, "The Democrats are out of gas."

Ahh, those were the days.

Posted by: danielhancock | May 20, 2009 10:57 AM

Just when I thought the GOP had sunk as low as they could go, they start playing kids games. I think probably that Pelosi has the most solid ground when she says the Bush administration deceived her - they deceived the Congress, Senate, and American people into going to war with Iraq. Pelosi said the CIA lied to her - their whole network is based on deception and lies if need be. Even though Pelosi is not one of my favorite people, she seems to be on more solid ground.

Posted by: racam | May 20, 2009 8:52 AM

oh that kind of bond villain

i thought they meant guvmint bonds

ha ha

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | May 20, 2009 6:55 AM

well, the GOP ought to know a bond villain when it sees one. After all, they've been accepting donations from them and allowing them to write laws and regulations for years.
Takes one to know one I guess.

Posted by: jpsbr2002 | May 20, 2009 6:53 AM

Actually, I thought it was funny.

Posted by: jimmythec | May 20, 2009 6:53 AM

I suggest you Peolis lovers read any other article on Pelosi and the responses from folks. By about 3 to 1, folks think, and rightfully so, the woman is a moron and needs to go. She didn't get in this situation because of the GOP, she got there on her own. And to think she is 2 steps away from being the Pres. Even Obama has it out for her. You don't think Paneta spoke on his own, do you? Dems are so niave. All I can say is..."Nancy, keep up the good work. You're doing your part for the GOP."

Posted by: mmourges | May 20, 2009 6:53 AM

The Pelosi story is starting to backfire on conservative republicans along with Rumsfeld backfiring on neo-con republicans.

Who would have thought the Sunni awakening could have happened in 2004????

How will republicans explain the loss of 3000 American soldiers while Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Bremer quibbled over calling Sunni's NAZI'S????

Posted by: knjincvc | May 20, 2009 1:28 AM

It's comical to watch the Republicans attack Nancy Pelosi. Guys get a grip.Trying to make the grandmother of eight, Pelosi, into a political witch is really, really funny. She absolutely infuriates those Republicans! ROFLMAO

Posted by: amercrutio100 | May 20, 2009 1:02 AM

Yes, the GOP is in the vapors claiming Pelosi knowing about torture, never mind that anything she knew was confidential and she would have been told it was treason to repeat, is a capital S sin while the torture itself is, fill in the blank, never was, justified, heroic, Godly . . .

Alice falling down the rabbit hole has nothing on the rest of us.

Posted by: SarahBB | May 20, 2009 12:46 AM

Why would anyone be surprised with the GOP's political propaganda.

Is this not the same kinds of tactics that were used to smear John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and others.

Now we know why the country was in such a cesspool at the end of the 8 year Repug rein.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | May 19, 2009 11:57 PM

Apparently torture is a conservative/GOP family value. Whatever Pelosi was briefed on I really doubt was the full extent and horror of the torture they were doing - and apparently for getting information to justify the Iraq war and not some ticking time bomb "24" scenario. I thought I could not be more disgusted with conservatives. The gung ho torture defense has got to be the nadir. Unbelievable.

Posted by: jswallow | May 19, 2009 10:24 PM

The problem is that the GOP positions EVERY Dem as a Bond Villain, every time. Given how often we've heard it before, how are we supposed to discern what's true or even believe it?

Posted by: thecheddar | May 19, 2009 10:05 PM

Wow. Talk about tone deaf. "Pussy Galore" was a kicky kind of name for a character in 1964. Now, probably not the most appropriate way to attack the first female Speaker of the House in American history.

I eagerly await a rollicking, Pelosi-oriented, anti-feminist version of Barack the Magic Negro. Could it play off the Bond character's first name in some way?

(And bonus hint to the humor-impaired people behind this web ad -- I'm kidding about the Barack the Magic Negro spin-off idea! Really!)

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | May 19, 2009 9:55 PM

pelosi will have the last word on this .wait and see there will be an investigation and she will win out it appears the cia really isnt sure who got briefed by who are when.sen graham has always seemed to be an honorable man. and i have to believe his record keeping. i saw somewhere today that boner didnt trust the cia a couple of years ago.and the newt only matters on fox and the few that watch him. nancy will win on this eventually.

Posted by: donaldtucker | May 19, 2009 9:49 PM

The GOP just doesn't understand subtle anymore.

They could have gently backed off and continued to let Nancy Pelosi hang herself with the rope they gave her. Now, they look ridiculous and it will swing public opinion back towards her.

Posted by: Chasmosaur1 | May 19, 2009 9:34 PM

I don't understand who this RNC spot is supposed to appeal to. Does the crude and blatantly sexist strategy of trying to link the Speaker of the House of Representatives to Pussy Galore pass for GOP political commentary these days? To paraphrase Ringo Starr, "That's not your father's Grand Old Party."

Posted by: OMGIM53 | May 19, 2009 8:32 PM

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