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Pelosi Won't Be 'Put in Her Place'

By Ben Pershing
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded sharply Thursday to a GOP suggestion that Gen. Stanley McChrystal should "put her in her place" for her views on Afghanistan.

After Pelosi suggested Monday that the public was wary of sending more troops to Afghanistan -- and that McChrystal's recommendation to President Obama for more troops "should go up the line of command" rather than be aired in "press conferences" -- the National Republican Congressional Committee issued a mocking press release titled "General Pelosi Knows Better, Slams McChrystal."

"If Nancy Pelosi's failed economic policies are any indicator of the effect she may have on Afghanistan, taxpayers can only hope McChrystal is able to put her in her place," concluded the release, setting off a barrage of criticism from Democrats and liberal blogs that the GOP was employing sexist rhetoric.

Pelosi herself weighed in Thursday at her weekly press briefing.

"It's really sad they really don't understand how inappropriate that is," Pelosi said. "I'm in my place -- I'm the Speaker of the House, the first woman Speaker of the House, and I'm in my place because the House of Representatives voted me there. But that language is something I haven't heard in decades."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-Fla.) went further in her criticism Tuesday, saying the GOP's rhetoric was "not surprising, coming from a party that's 80 percent male and 100 percent white."

The NRCC has defended its claim this week, with committee spokesman Ken Spain telling The Plum Line blog: "The Speaker of the House is taking on a highly decorated general who has outlined a strategy in Afghanistan that she once claimed to advocate.... Up until it became politically inconvenient, Pelosi and her puppets were referring to Afghanistan as the 'real central front' in the war on terror, now their excuse is that there is just not enough political will to keep America safe. Nancy Pelosi might think she's a general, but she's playing out of her league and she knows it."

UPDATE 2:33 PM: The NRCC clearly has no plans to hold its tongue on the subject of the Speaker. The campaign arm sent out a fundraising email Thursday afternoon, over the signature of NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions (Texas), with the subject line, "Fire Nancy Pelosi." The email said "Pelosi is once again putting party politics ahead of our national security" by "actively going against advice from a four-star general."

By Ben Pershing  |  October 8, 2009; 11:51 AM ET
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I am so tired of men thinking they have all the sense Nancy pelosi has just much right to speak her mind as any congress person i can't imagne any more of our troops losing thiers lives if thiers a better way to do this and bring our troops home please do we shouldn't lose anymore life what do we tell the spouses and children when that person come to thier door with the bad news republicans have never seen a war they didn't likeif they are that hell bent on sending our troops over there why don't they sign up we do have some men and women over there that are in thier 50's they talk but they have no answer to any of the problems this country is facing they are to busy keeping up mess over here[republicans] what i thought was so shameful was when we didn't get the 2016 event and they wonder why other country look down at this country, it treason going on in this country thoses who speak the way they do about the president insighting riots to kill the president and these are the ones in congress that doing this, we having going to China, and other country who aren't friendly with the United States going over there talking down the president they just might as well be down grading this country and nothing is being done to them they only use what they want to use out of the constutions what they want they forget about the rest of what it say young people you made different in 2008 you can still make a different vote next year this is your country too speak up they have already claim they[republicans] they will win back the congress but you have the power to stop that so when the 2010 election come out and vote and remember the republicans said NO NO NO on everything the President tried to do and is trying to do.

Posted by: nyokadavis | October 8, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Yep. The very same republicans who voted against the Franken amendment that barred contractors from using arbitration to handle rape cases! They are a despicable. What woman would vote for them?

Posted by: sandnsmith | October 8, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

to further clarify, the republicans did not want to allow this KBR rape victim her day in court! Who can justify this??

Posted by: sandnsmith | October 8, 2009 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi presides over the most corrupt and partisan congress in recent history.She is not an honest person,and seems not to care about anything but her partys power.She deserves no respect.

Posted by: mikem12 | October 8, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

can you post some specific examples mikem12?

I'm all for rooting out corruption wherever it lies, so support your claims with facts, and you might find me in agreement.

But making blanket statements based purely on your own political ideology, with no facts to back them up, doesn't give us anything to go on.

Posted by: fido5150 | October 8, 2009 1:36 PM | Report abuse

no third term for the Dark Side of New World Disorder...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | October 8, 2009 1:39 PM | Report abuse

The Republican party is showing it's true colors, since there's a black man in the white house and a woman speaker of the house, who's 3rd in line for the Presidency.

That good ol' boy network is running scared... even Gates told McChrystal to STFU and do things the proper way. Not like Pelosi is all alone on an island here.

But the Republicans hate Pelosi so much that even their talk show hosts fantasize about poisoning her (Glenn Beck). It's pathetic.

Posted by: fido5150 | October 8, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

The problem is not the Republican criticism of Speaker Pelosi.
That's their job and the Speaker can live with it since she gives as well as she gets. The problem is that this party run predominantly by white men does not understand the pejorative and offensive nature of the term "to put in one's place" for women and men who are not white. And just what is the Speaker's real place, barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen? Grow up, guys, this is the 21st century.

Posted by: Aquarius1 | October 8, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Did you know that Pelosi buys stocks then votes on them to make her more money.The woman is a national disgrace and should be wearing stripes.

Posted by: buzzychief | October 8, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Arrogance runs in the family. First it was Boxer, now its Pelosi. No humility what so ever. And Pelosi is the one complaining about all the rough language. Neither of them are fit to wipe the general's boots.

Posted by: 45upnorth | October 8, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:."
We will all be put in our place one day and that INCLUDES the "mighty and powerful" Pelosi.

Posted by: EvreeMan | October 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

It is a real stretch to suggest that this was a sexist statement.

Nancy Pelosi, as far as I know, has never served in the military, combat or otherwise. As such, she does not know what she is talking about when it comes to current military operations...certainly not as much as generals in the field.

She is speaking out of turn. She needs to understand her place on the issue. Additionally, she is making Obama's job that much more difficult when she verbalizes her opinion on troop numbers and the public's apprehension in sending more troops. Her opinion is not that of the entire nation and, as such, she should keep it to herself, as the nation is pretty divided on the issue.

Posted by: boosterprez | October 8, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the House, she is third in line for the Presidency and it is Congress who must declare and over see war. She is certainly exactly in her place when she speaks about the nations risks and needs. Tip O'Neil and Newt Gingrich were never shy about speaking. The idea of trying to "Put her in her place" is so disgustingly sexist that it is hard to conceive the even the white male party doesn't get it. Half of the country are women boys. Get a clue!

Posted by: karela | October 8, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is truly a pioneer in gender relations. She has proven beyond any doubt that a woman can be every bit as venal, corrupt, mendacious, pandering, shameless and misinformed as any man!

Bravo, Madame Speaker!

Posted by: andrew23boyle | October 8, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse


Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz didn't call the RNCC "a party that's 80 percent male and 100 percent white."

She didn't say, "and 100 percent white."

She said, "100 percent out of touch."

Posted by: jerseycape | October 8, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Aquarius1, the least the old moon bat could do for us is get her neck fixed.

Do you realize what kind of clownshow it looks like she works for when she has her face stretched tight as a drum and her extra chins dribbling down into her decolletage?

Some women are just uncouth aren't they?

I'd say Nazi Pelosi's proper place (her father was a Siciliano Protectore) is probably somewhere in the Hills near Regio de Calabria, or maybe near Palermo, but only on really important saints' days.

Why she thinks she has to keep to the old customs of her barbaric ancestors is a doggone good question though. Did you see how many grandkids that sow has? WOW!!!

I think the evidence is in that she is conflicted at best, and may well suffer from borderline personality disorder.

Posted by: muawiyah | October 8, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Nancy P has a right to speak her mind and I hope she keeps doing it because it shows the American public just what an 'out of touch' millionaire she really is.

She is an embarrassment to this nation and someone should put her in her place along with others in this administration who have been invived to leave! IMHO

Posted by: nancycrichton | October 9, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

The GOP, being students of Rovian political maneuvers, are doing their usual sleight of hand. It's much easier to make this all about Nancy than to allow the general public to understand the deeper story.
McChrystal submitted his report to Gates, who is so far into the Nixon/Reagan/BushI/BushII/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz dynasty it's not funny. And that dynasty [which was put into place by Prescott Bush in the form of Richard Milhouse Nixon] has a longterm agenda that has nothing to do with the interests of the American people. It is a corporatist [in every sense of the word] dynasty that put us into Iraq for the sake of its oil interests, put us into Afghanistan for the sake of its IPAC pipelines, and is trying to put us into Iran for the same reason.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then I strongly suggest reading the biographies of Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz, and learn which White House administrations they worked in, and which corporations they rotated out to in between times.
The Pelosi story isn't that she's a feminist under fire, it's that she's telling these wannabe elites that they no longer can have our young people as cannon fodder in order to rob the system for their own personal gain.
Interesting that the papers don't cover that end of things.

Posted by: shenneferh | October 10, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

*TAPI pipeline. I'm not fluent in Acronymian yet.

Posted by: shenneferh | October 10, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

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