Wednesday's sketchiest moments
Maybe it's the Al-and-Tipper split, but something seems to have thrown the world off kilter: Nancy Pelosi is talking like a religious conservative and Michele Bachmann is talking like a big government liberal.
First, Madam Speaker. CNS reported Tuesday that the San Francisco liberal had preached the gospel (specifically John 1:14) at a Catholic Community Conference on Capitol Hill last month.
"My favorite word? That is really easy," Pelosi said. "My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. . . . And that Word is we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn't it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word."
She went on: "Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: 'The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.' And that's the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we're prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up."
After a long discussion of "the Word made flesh," CNS finished up with a complaint: "Pelosi's office did not respond to CNSNews.com's follow-up questions regarding the speaker's statement that she seeks to make policy in conformance with the values of the Word made flesh."
Bachmann, meanwhile, was venturing into heresy. The Minnesota Republican, a leader of the tea party movement, was on the House floor Friday to denounce President Obama for not taking a more big-government approach to the oil spill in the Gulf.
"Where were the boats that could have been commandeered by the government to be sent into this region to deal with that oil plume as it was coming up in the water and destroying marine life? Nowhere to be found," Bachmann said, indignant. "Why? The administration was hands-off on this policy."
Michele Bachmann: Friend of the earth. Advocate of government takeovers.
Some things, happily, never change - such as Sarah Palin's feud with the media. Some blame Israel for the raid on the flotilla bound for Gaza. Some blame anti-Israel provocation. Palin blames the press.
The former Alaska governor has posted a commentary on Facebook (provided first to the Weekly Standard) in which she argues: "The media, as usual, seems to be reporting only one side of the Israeli Flotilla incident. Don't trust the mainstream media to give you both sides of a story fairly. You must seek out fair reporting to ensure you have all the information."
Palin did not say where she got her "fair reporting" from. Possibly Facebook. But we know from her Katie Couric interviews that she consumes a wide variety of news sources.
On the subject of fair reporting, it seems only fair to report that BP's CEO, Tony Hayward, would probably benefit from a "containment dome" over his mouth. On a visit to the Gulf coast, the Briton ventured his opinion that those sickened oil cleanup workers may have succumbed not to oil toxins but to "food poisoning or some other issue."
Paraphrasing Napoleon, he added: "You know, armies march on their stomachs."
And while Hayward is sorry about all the misery his company has caused for the residents of the Gulf coast, he saved a bit of his pity for a particularly hard-hit victim: himself. "There's no one who wants this over more than I do," he said. "I would like my life back."
Poor fellow. Maybe a permanent vacation would help.
Update: Hayward apologized via Facebook on Wednesday for his "hurtful and thoughtless" comment about wanting his life back.
Staff writers Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.
| June 2, 2010; 6:26 AM ET
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