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Reporter: Blue Dog Dem joked that Pelosi might "get sick and die"

Yesterday I noted here that some House Dems in tough districts are now aggressively distancing themselves from the Obama/Pelosi agenda, with some Dems taking direct shots at the President and the Speaker.

Blue Dog Dem Bobby Bright of Alabama has raised this to a new level, joking to constitutents that Pelosi might "get sick and die" before he has to support her again for Speaker, a local reporter tells me.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that Bright, who is under fire for supporting Pelosi for Speaker in the past, joked to some voters that Pelosi might fall ill and pass away. The Advertiser only paraphrased Bright's remarks.

So I called the reporter, Cosby Woodruff, and he gave me Bright's actual quote.

"He had been asked a question from the audience about his support for Pelosi," Woodruff told me. "He said, `Let's wait until that comes up. He listed a long list of reasons why Pelosi might not run for Speaker of the House."

"The last one was, `heck, she might even get sick and die,'" Woodruff told me.

Jeez. Bright must have decided that Pelosi is pretty toxic in his district.

By Greg Sargent  |  August 26, 2010; 10:58 AM ET
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Heck; Bobby Bright might take sick and die,


Heck; Bobby Bright might be defeated.

So let's wait until it comes up, and see if Bobby Bright has turned into Dead Bulb, or an Dim Losing Bulb.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I certainly hope the DCCC pulls all his funding as does the DNC and any other establishment Dem group. No way in he'll they should be supporting him. And Pelosi should demand it. He crossed a very bright line considering the members of Congress we have lost over the last year

Posted by: sgwhiteinfla | August 26, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

I doubt if Speaker Pelosi would be bothered by what he said. I bet she would laugh and enjoy it.

How the hell would denying funds to him, thereby handing the seat to the Republicans, help her remain as Speaker?

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse


Did you ever watch "The West Wing"?

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Who cares.

Republicans just elected probably the most corrupt individual to be their nominee in Florida!

Rick Scott could affect all Florida politics for this November election. No doubt his corruption along with the former Head of the GOP in Florida's corruption and Rubio's corruption investigations along with those that worked under him in the House does not bode well for Florida Republicans.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | August 26, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

I would find it particularly humorous if we ended up with two Democratic senators from Alaska!

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 26, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

This is in all likelihood the most pointless article I've ever seen on Plum Line.

MikefromA is right.

The Republicans electing fraud Rick Scott as GOP Gov candidate in FL is a MUCH MUCH MUCH bigger story. It has already given the Dems a real shot at taking the Govs office there for the first time since 1998 (Jeb Bush, Charlie Crist). And it creates an easy narrative where Scott's crooked ways mirror the widespread corruption in the Florida Republican party. I guarantee you this becomes a meme in the Senate race too and will help Kendrick Meek brand both Rubio and Crist as too corrupt to earn your vote.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 26, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why you keep asking me about The West Wing. I have never seen a single episode of that show.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I hope he's wrong. Pelosi is the best thing out there for Republican motivation besides the ONE himself, Barack H. Obama.

Together, they are HUGE money in the bank for the RNC.

The toxic two for Democrats.

A twofer!

Posted by: battleground51 | August 26, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

So, it's OK now for Dems in tough districts to "joke" about Pelosi (what about Obama?) getting sick and dying?!

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"they are HUGE money in the bank for the RNC."

Except for the minor detail that the RNC doesn't HAVE huge money in the bank.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 26, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

No Jake, it's not.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 26, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse


Thanks for finally answering my question.

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Why were you asking me about that TV show?

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Ha! That is so funny! snark

I love a good joke, to bad Bobby not-so-Bright doesn't know any.

Posted by: nisleib | August 26, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

At what point will a Democrat with a SPINE stand up and state that Pelosi HAS TO BE REPLACED as SPEAKER?? Or, do they fear she will have them INVESTIGATED for speaking freely??

Many democrats are going to lose in November as a direct result of their association with Pelosi and Reid!! Yet, democrats remain silent regarding who they will select as their leaders if they retain the House and Senate. That within itself suggest that they are NOT LISTENING TO THE PEOPLE THEY WERE ELECTED TO SERVE!!

Posted by: wheeljc | August 26, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Will this be front page news on the Washington Post or the New York Times?

No, why not?

Because Representative Bright is a Democrat and not a Republican! Another example of the hypocrisy of the main-stream-media!

Posted by: mwhoke | August 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse


Ethan2010, Liam-still, and mikefromArlington seem to think it's not such a big deal.

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

The problem here is that this and other comments and sentiments like it have long since passed 'doing what's necessary for reelection'. This is crossing over into simply outright undermining the party and trying to out-Republican the Republicans. It...really does no good for the party when your candidates are explicitly trying to say 'This party sucks and you should all be afraid of them, so elect me and I'll **** 'em up from the inside!'

Posted by: kryptik1 | August 26, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

It was just another way of saying, that he saw no reason to answer some hypothetical future situation, because things are bound to change, before that date arrives.

He just riffed on some of the things that might change in the mean time.

Of course, we all know that Speaker Pelosi is immortal, and that Bobby Bright was wrong, on that score.

Only all the rest of us mere mortals might die, before the next Speaker is chosen.

I know that might come as a shock to a lot of you, but you or I, could die, any day now. Surprisingly enough, it happens to people, on a daily basis.

Honest: I wouldn't lie to you. It has started to happen to so many people, that there is talk, that some people might start to establish businesses, to handle the disposal of the dead.

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

@Ethan and Mike....

Here on the ground in Florida Rick Scott frightens us. Imagine the morons who voted for this loser. A letter to the editor today referred to Scott's obvious shortcomings as "some warts". Some freaking warts. A man who made his millions on the backs of our most vulnerable citizens..the sick and the old...stealing money from all of we taxpayers...a crime so heinous his board forced him to resign and paid a 1.7 billion dollar fine.

But this bottom feeder is truly scum. He's opened a chain of clinics that cater to the uninsured..and then formed an "organization" to lobby heavily against any HCR that guess what...provided our citizens with insurance thereby making it difficult for this blood sucking leech to milk even more profit from his clinics serving the uninsured.

Rick Scott is the most frightening phenomenon in politics today. He makes millions by defrauding the taxpayers with a Medicare/medicaid scam...he establishes clinics which have already been sued by two different physicians who claimed Scott wanted them to falsify Medical claims (do we see a pattern here?) and settled the last suit out of court and refuses to reveal the tape of his deposition.

And one of the morons who voted for him says he has a couple of warts?

WTF is wrong with people. I understand frustration..bad economy etc...but is our country going through a collective attack of lunacy?

Posted by: rukidding7 | August 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

"Will this be front page news on the Washington Post or the New York Times?"


The thought that this should be front page news is absolutely INSANE!

The things Republicans think are important... Just unbelievable.

mwhoke, you are clearly living in an alternate reality where the only thing that matters is attacking Democrats and not what's good for America. Sad and pathetic. But a little funny too.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse


From Timothy Egan, in the NY Times;

"Building a Nation of Know-Nothings"

"Having shed much of his dignity, core convictions and reputation for straight talk, Senator John McCain won his primary on Tuesday against the flat-earth wing of his party. Now McCain can go search for his lost character, which was last on display late in his 2008 campaign for president.

Remember the moment: a woman with matted hair and a shaky voice rose to express her doubts about Barack Obama. “I have read about him,” she said, “and he’s not — he’s an Arab.”

McCain was quick to knock down the lie. “No, ma’am,” he said, “he’s a decent family man, a citizen.”

That ill-informed woman — her head stuffed with fabrications that could be disproved by a pre-schooler — now makes up a representative third or more of the Republican party. It’s not just that 47 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush. "

Posted by: Liam-still | August 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse


Try to keep it civil though ; )

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

FWIW: Rep. Bright's comments are FRONT PAGE and center at

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

"is our country going through a collective attack of lunacy?"

There can be NO DOUBT, given the litany of statements and comments we've read in the media and online, that the Republican Party -- politicians and voters alike -- is not even remotely sane.

mwhoke's post, perfect example. Why isn't Bobby Bright's joke FRONT PAGE NEWS?!?! These people are so freaking insane. It is totally scary what is going on in politics right now. I don't know what is scarier, the disgusting "Southern Strategy" style fear tactics employed by the GOP or the fact that they've SUCCEEDED in whipping up their base into a seething froth of fear and madness. It is truly scary.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The guy is just facing reality. Pelosi & Co. are about as popular with most Americans as terminal cancer. The Dem controlled congress has approval ratings in the teens.

Posted by: illogicbuster | August 26, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

@Liam....yes building a nation of no nothings is frightening...adding to that fear is the fact that those in the know seem to have sunk to political pandering and demagoging of the worst type. "Just finish the dang fence" Right Grandpa.

@JakeD I'm trying my friend but some of this stuff makes it seems as if we've fallen down Lewis Carroll's rabbit hole...alas it's not wonderland it's hell.

RICK FREAKING SCOTT? RICK SCOTT. There's nothing civil about this thief and robber barron and he is soon going to be forced to wear a hat over that bald head of his so he can cover the circumcision scars.

Posted by: rukidding7 | August 26, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

From what I understand, Bright is being regularly attacked for supporting Pelosi:

"In Alabama, GOP challenger Martha Roby says Democratic Rep. Bobby Bright "might be a fine person, but he supported Mrs. Pelosi."

This letter might sum up feelings:

"I like Bobby. I have met him and have said this to him twice: “As much as I like you, and how I like how you have voted 95 percent of the time, I will not vote for you.”

"Why? Easy. The one vote he cast that eliminates him from consideration was his vote for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House.

"... I don’t feel bad about this decision to not vote for Bobby because any Republican — yes, any Republican — would have voted like Bobby did, except they would not be voting for Pelosi as Bobby did."

Posted by: sbj3 | August 26, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse


I assume you're trying to get a comment from Pelosi's office?

I look forward to that

Posted by: TheBBQChickenMadness | August 26, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: potomacfever00 | August 26, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

More Roby:

"Bobby Bright is just plain wrong,” said Roby. “You can’t say you’re against the health care bill and then say you support letting it become law. That’s like saying you’re a conservative and then voting to elect the most liberal Speaker of House in American history.

"... We can only imagine what else Speaker Pelosi has in store for us if she continues to advance her liberal agenda. I can guarantee you my first vote will be to take away the Speaker’s gavel from her. You can count on that.”

Posted by: sbj3 | August 26, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse


I assume that you are similarly outraged by Chuck Rangel and Maxine Waters?

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Blue Dog Democrats are Republicans.

Posted by: kenshabby | August 26, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"I assume that you are similarly outraged by Chuck Rangel and Maxine Waters?"

Gee, odd that you just happened to pick two African-Americans to be "outraged" by... so odd! What a coincidence!

...but Rick Scott -- whose company settled the Medicare fraud case that happened under his leadership with a massive fine of $1.7 B-I-L-L-I-O-N -- THAT's okay with you!

Hahaha. It is just TOTALLY unreal the depth of delusion we have to put up with in you Republican Tea Party lunatics.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | August 26, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

FWIW: Rep. Bright's comments are FRONT PAGE and center at

BFD, Jake.

Posted by: suekzoo1 | August 26, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse


Except, of course, when they vote with the Democrats 80% of the time, including for the DEMOCRAT to be Speaker of the House.

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

There is no place for this kind of disgusting behavior toward either party, from either party. Even though I'm a Democrat I hope this guy goes down.

Posted by: Lefty_ | August 26, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If the Democrats lose the House none of this matters. Ms. Pelosi's short tenure as Speaker has been ruinous to any moderate Democrats in the House. Pelosi and the far left are on the way out and they know it. I hope that she does not get too attached to that expensive new office in California that cost the taxpayers a bundle.

Posted by: bobbo2 | August 26, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse


I hope that Rep. Bright loses too : )

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Palomino! Palomino!

Posted by: potomacfever00 | August 26, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

All, check this out, Dems seizing on Beck rally to paint GOP as extreme:

Posted by: Greg Sargent | August 26, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

nominating the guy who stole a couple BILLION dollars from Medicare as the example of the Republican free enterprise pro business agenda? how bright is that?

Posted by: JoeT1 | August 26, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Pelosi is toxic and any Democrat's district. By herself, Pelosi has given the GOP control of the House after the midterms!

Posted by: Realist201 | August 26, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

I just have to keep reminding myself that Bright (there's a misnomer for you) doesn't come from the kind of district that elects a Dennis Kucinich and even an awful Democrat means one less Republican in the House. Holding the majorities means keeping control of the committee chairs and with them, the agenda.

Posted by: CalD | August 26, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

From this man's lips to....

Posted by: georges2 | August 26, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Come on, no one wants her to die, but we sure want her to go home to SF and leave Washington, DC. She is an idiot, a closet Marxist, a traitor to the US Constitution, an open-border fifth columnist, and the worst Speaker this country has ever seen.

Posted by: walterndebby | August 26, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Rush Limbaugh POTATO!! Uncanny likeness!!

Unearthed by Maine organic farmer (caution, NOT for the faint of heart. Actual un-retouched photo)!!

Posted by: pineyprince | August 26, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

"Open border fifth columnist?"

Put down the beck pipe. That stuff'll kill you.

Posted by: mattintx | August 26, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know of a Democratic Congressman saying the same re: a Republican Congressman?

I'll answer now, because the answer is NO! What Bright said is not civil discourse.

This is garbage and this loser should just be quiet. Very quiet.

Posted by: celested91 | August 26, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is a domestic enemy.

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

bobby"not so"bright?

Posted by: donaldtucker | August 26, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

JakeD And her I mistook you to be one of the rational ones. LMAO

"Nancy Pelosi is a domestic enemy."

So anybody YOU disagree with is a domestic enemy?

Or perhap's you'd like to lower yourself to the intellectually vacant walterndebby who never learned what Marxism represents in their polysci classes.

One line insults do so much to elevate the discourse of our nation...especially when there are no facts to even back up the insults.

Posted by: rukidding7 | August 26, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Jimbo77 | August 26, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

That last line is a beaut:

"Jeez. Bright must have decided that Pelosi is pretty toxic in his district."

As a politcal reporter, I'm sure you do more than engage in character assassination against Sharron Angle. You must be aware of Pelosi's approval ratings. That woman is toxic EVERYWHERE except Northern California, Northern Virgina and the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Posted by: Groty1 | August 26, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Bobby "not too Bright" is one seat the Democrats can afford to lose.

It is a lot better to fight someone in the opposite corner as compared to someone in your own corner!

Posted by: kishorgala | August 26, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Bright shouldn't joke about things he can't deliver...but, we can hope he's right.

Posted by: NO-bama | August 26, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The anointed one does't need more controversey as he dines on lobster and plays golf daily on Martha's Vineyard.

Posted by: nmg3rln | August 26, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

This is very telling. Democrats HOPING THEIR LEADERS DIE! I love it, this says it all. But its also sad to think there were so many people who voted for these
left-wing loonies to begin with.

Posted by: ohioan | August 26, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

So,that would be the best blessing Almighty
God could give America were all that toxic
botox she takes to finally actually kill the Mad Madame Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi as it has already destroyed her own
thinking apparatus if Nancy Pelosi ever even had one,and which is damn doubtful.

Posted by: carleen09 | August 26, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse


Anyone who passed Obamacare is a domestic enemy.

Posted by: JakeD2 | August 26, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

I don't blame the guy for the guy. She and her ilk are EXTREMELY unpopular with Americans. The Oblather/Piglosi/cantRIED HC Destruction bill effects are starting to kick in. Blue Shield of California, to implement rate increases averaging 19% and as high as 29%. Blue Shield is a NON-PROFIT where >70% of premiums go to the payment of medical treatment. This is a MUCH better % than gov run programs (costs less than gov single payer). The rate increases are DIRECTLY due to the new coverage requirements in the Oblather H.C. destruction bill...

Posted by: illogicbuster | August 26, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Bright's best chance for any kind of decent committee post just became a Republican takeover of the House. Expressing opposition to one's own Speaker is bad, but permissible to a degree in a tough election year. Musing upon her death? Wow.

Posted by: blert | August 27, 2010 3:47 AM | Report abuse

LMAO off, Now that's more than just a Freudian slip.

No matter though... this is one of those rare instances where the enemy of my enemy still isn't my friend.

Posted by: Straightline | August 27, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sargent,
There's an old Jewish proverb about a rabbi making deals with the Czar to hold off a Pogrom. The rabbi makes a deal with the Czar to hold of the Pogrom for a year, and he (the rabbi) will teach the Czar's horse to talk. When the rabbi comes back to his town and explains the deal to his congregation, they get angry with the rabbi, pointing out the inability to teach a horse (other than Mr. Ed) to speak. The rabbi responds, "We've got a year, who knows what could happen; the Czar could die, the horse could die, hell, who knows the horse might learn how to speak." If this Representative was referencing that proverb (as seems possible), does that not put a very different spin on his "joke"?

Posted by: jnewman418 | August 27, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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