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Pelosi on Rush and Her Relationship With Obama

The White House may have crowned Rush Limbaugh King of Republicans, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi certainly has not.

Even as White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel and other Obama aides are actively painting Limbaugh as the true face of the Republican party, their Enemy No. 1, Pelosi is holding fast to her strict policy of not stooping to answer questions about the conservative gabber in chief.

We asked the speaker this morning whether she thought the White House was making too much ado over Limbaugh. After briefly pausing and searching for words, she replied, "We're doing our own work."

With that, she left her office conference, where she had been meeting over breakfast with one of her most crucial constituencies: liberal bloggers. (The Sleuth, not an ideologically affiliated blogger of any stripe, was invited to the confab. Naturally, we accepted.)

During breakfast, Pelosi denied that she keeps an "enemies list," as Politico reported this week. The story, by Glenn Thrush, notes that Limbaugh -- described as a "sworn enemy" -- ranks No. 2 on Pelosi's black list.

"I don't have any list," Pelosi said, laughing off the story.

Her mention of the alleged black list came in the context of a question from FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher over whether there was any truth to a story that Pelsoi had fast-tracked the stimulus bill over the objections of President Obama.

"It couldn't be farther from the truth," Pelosi said.

She also fleetingly addressed recent stories (in the New York Times and Politico) suggesting she and President Obama have a less than rosy relationship.

She denied that she ever told the White House that she wanted to be informed each time the White House speaks to a House member. "I don't have that kind of time," she said.

"It serves somebody's purpose [to put out] that we have this division with the White House," she said. "We absolutely don't."

Meanwhile, while Pelosi may have ignored the White House memo on Limbaugh, Tim Kaine, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, was ready, with guns ablazin', to tout the hot talking point.

"Instead of joining Democrats in supporting the president's economic recovery plan, almost every single Republican in Congress chose to follow Rush Limbaugh by voting against a plan that will create or save 3.5 million jobs," Kaine said today in a statement. "Now, instead of the denouncing Limbaugh's claim that he is rooting for the president to fail, my counterpart at the Republican National Committee proved who is really leading their party -- calling Rush Limbaugh to apologize after courageously criticizing him just this weekend."

By Mary Ann Akers  |  March 3, 2009; 1:06 PM ET
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