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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'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.

By Dana Milbank  | June 2, 2010; 6:26 AM ET
Categories:  Barack Obama, Dana Milbank, Sketchiest moments  | Tags:  political sketch; sketchy moments; dana milbank; pelosi; palin; bachmann;  
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Tony Hayward is more than welcome to have as much of his life back as we get of the Gulf of Mexico back.

Posted by: mabkhar | June 2, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I can't imagine what it must be like to be Mr. Hayward. Under his leadership his company had spawned this huge environmental disaster which will be around for decades to come. Of course it could very well be that as a CEO he has a much larger ego than a conscience so he can justify it as all someone else's fault. In all likelihood we'll be seeing him until this thing is capped and a rudimentary cleanup is started and then he'll walk away with millions for being the scapegoat while BP hires a new CEO to try and attain financial credibility again.

Posted by: ThomasFiore | June 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Palin is an idiot and looney tunes
As for Tony Hayward what is going on is horrible, but he did not do it, get a life people, everyone wants to blame someone. I am not pro or anti drilling but I am smart enough to know there can be some accidents and yes all should be more regulated and more safety should be required, but this is not Tony's fault or Obama's that is like saying Bush sent Katrina to New Orleans ( BTW think New Orleans doing better now, got a lot of riff raff gone sadly they came to Houston)

Posted by: lildg54 | June 2, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Palin, Bachman & Hayward it is scary that these people are even near or in positions of influence and responsibilty.These people are a glaring reflection with whats wrong with this country. GOD HELP US ALL!!!!

Posted by: arewedoneyet1 | June 2, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Buy anything from BP gas stations EXCEPT GAS. That way, the independent station owners can stay in business; maybe one day re-opening under another oil company's name.

Posted by: scsmith58 | June 2, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Tony Hayward wants his life back.
The families of the eleven men who lost their lives drilling oil for BP probably want their lives back too.

Posted by: theSeaHawk | June 2, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Hayward is a typical rich brit who thinks he's better than everybody else.

Posted by: BattleOffSamar | June 2, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

BattleOffSamar: The sense of entitlement felt by some rich folks is by no means the exclusive province of the British. The only thing "typical" about your comment the internet penchant for stereotyping.

Posted by: marylynne4 | June 2, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Tony Hayward is the Bruce Ismay of the new millenium. His life as he knew it is over. Tain't comin' back Tony!

Wheen is the British ambassador going to apologize for this insuferable twit?

Posted by: SoCali | June 2, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

...word, word, word, word is the bird, bird, bird, bird, BIRD is the word!!!~ What the hell?? Seriously? How can this women be third in line from the president? And why can't she say "God"?? Oh that's right, she's a left-wing dingbat that doesn't want to offend anyone. Get over it, you can't make every one happy and for Christ's sake it's only a "word"!!!

Posted by: stopthem | June 3, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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