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Morning Fix: Demonizing Nancy Pelosi

Will Nancy Pelosi be a winning issue for Republicans in 2010? Photo by Scott Lewis/Bloomberg

National Republicans are up with an ad that seeks to link the Democratic nominee in a special election for an Upstate New York seat to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), an early window into the GOP's strategy to use Pelosi's heightened national profile against members of her party running in conservative areas.

The ad's narrator says attorney Bill Owens (D) is "approved by Nancy Pelosi" and "ready to back higher taxes and Pelosi's big spending." The narrator goes on to trumpet the candidacy of state Assemblywoman Dede Scozzafava, the Republican nominee for the seat; "to stop Pelosi, Dede's the one," says the narrator. (One Democratic source wryly noted that the narrator mispronounced Scozzafava's name repeatedly in the ad.)

The ad, which is being paid for by the National Republican Congressional Committee, came on the same day that NRCC Pete Sessions (Texas) sent out a fundraising appeal casting a contribution to his organization as the best way to stop the agenda put forward by President Obama and Pelosi.

"Every dollar you donate will go directly towards validating [Vice President Joe] Biden's claim -- every dollar will go towards retiring Nancy Pelosi," wrote Sessions. (Biden said earlier this week that significant Democratic losses in the House in 2010 would effectively doom Obama's plans for the country.)

NRCC communications director Ken Spain said that the ad in New York is only the tip of the iceberg, promising that Pelosi will be prominently featured in the 2010 campaign. "She has become a weight around the necks of Democrats running across the country," argued Spain.

Republicans have long promised to use Pelosi's liberalism and her roots in San Francisco to drag down Democratic members of Congress who represent much more conservative areas.

To date, it hasn't worked because Pelosi has simply not been well known (or disliked) enough for voters to punish their member for being in the same party as the speaker -- a point made by Democratic Congressional Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Crider. "This Karl Rove style politics didn't work for Republicans in 2006, it didn't work in 2008, and it won't work in 2010," said Crider.

Recent polling suggests that Pelosi's profile has risen -- whether as a result of the press she garnered (most of it unfavorable) from her comments about the C.I.A. earlier this year or simply because of her increased prominence in a capitol controlled by Democrats.

In a June Washington Post/ABC News survey, just 16 percent of the sample said they didn't know enough about Pelosi to offer an opinion on her speakership. Of those that had an opinion 38 percent approved of the job Pelosi was doing as speaker while 45 percent disapproved. Those numbers were lower among independents, considered the critical voting bloc in the 2010 elections, where one-in-three approved of Pelosi's job performance. A more recent survey conducted by Bloomberg in mid-September showed that one in five did not know enough about Pelosi to offer an opinion.

There is, of course, a major difference between Pelosi being better known nationally and that raised profile leading to the defeat of candidates with only tangential ties to the Speaker.

Regardless, Republicans appear to be banking on the idea that in 2010 they can turn Pelosi into the same sort of electoral albatross that former House speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) became for the GOP in the late 1990s.

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Whitman's In . . .: Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) officially entered the 2010 California governor's race on Tuesday making the announcement on -- where else! -- Fox News Channel. "I refuse to let California fail," said Whitman about her (long planned) decision to run. "It will take a different approach." That approach apparently includes a distancing from the current Republican governor -- Arnold Schwarzenegger; asked about his tenure, Whitman sad that "Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson did a better job." (Wilson is the chairman of her campaign.) Whitman, who will make stops in Orange County, San Diego, Fresno and Silicon Valley before heading to the state GOP convention this weekend in Indian Wells, joins state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner and former Rep. Tom Campbell in the Republican race. She is regarded by many as the frontrunner due to her massive personal wealth and a pledge to spend what it takes to win. But, California Republican observers caution that none of the three candidates is all that well known and that Whitman's money alone won't win her the nomination. To address that problem, Whitman is now up with a statewide radio ads touting her work with eBay and insisting: "We need to reinvent California. And that reinvention starts at the top."
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Jerry Brown are running on the Democratic side.

. . . And So Is Carly (Sort Of): Former Hewlett-Packard head Carly Fiorina (R-Calif.) has launched a new Web site to drum up excitement about her possible challenge to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in 2010. "It's day and night, it's dogs and cats, it's good and bad, it's Carly versus Boxer," reads a scroll on the site. It directs users to a Facebook and Twitter page designed to promote Fiorina's kind-of candidacy. (She has formed an exploratory committee but hasn't announced she is running yet.) Fiorina has run a somewhat odd campaign to date; much of her appeal was rooted in her willingness to spend heavily from her own pocket but she has said of late that she has no plans to finance the race on her own.

New Poll Looks Bad for Paterson (Redux): The hits just keep on coming for embattled Gov. David Paterson. A new survey from Siena College shows that seven in ten New Yorkers believe he is "well intentioned" but not getting his job as governor done while six in ten said he lacks leadership skills. Not surprisingly, just 29 percent have a favorable opinion of Paterson while 59 percent view him unfavorably. Paterson trails former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani by 17 points while state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who many Democrats are urging to run for governor, leads Hizzoner by 15. Despite being urged to reconsider a reelection bid by the White House, Paterson has been resolute that he will run in 2010. As we wrote recently, barring a miracle that candidacy is doomed.

A Campbell To Run in S.C.: Carroll Campbell III (R), the son of the legendary Palmetto State governor, is planning to challenge Rep. Henry Brown (R) in next year's primary, according to the State newspaper. Brown was elected to the coastal 1st district once held by Gov. Mark Sanford (R) in 2000 and until last November had held it easily. But, free-spending Food Lion heiress Linda Ketner (D) came out of nowhere to nearly defeat Brown; he won 52 percent to 48 percent. That race exposed Brown's political weakness and Campbell is now seeking to capitalize. Ketner has ruled out running again.

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I would say that Ms. Pelosi does not need any demonizing at all. She's already created that impression. Her demonic comments and half truths have been perculating at a fever pitch like an old perculator and from the smell of the sewage, I'd say the coffee substitute is about ready to pour out into the streets. It'ss been a ton of years since the working peoiple of America have come out and gone after the little throne sitting Marxists.

Posted by: jackolantyrn356 | September 26, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

the facts are the facts you liberal socialists try and try again you attack anyone who doesn't agree with your little socialist agenda. pelosi won't be the reason you lose in 2010 it will be your party the people are fed up with your run away spending that risks the freedom of even idiots like you. this country needs balance of power to protect it's citizens from the crap you folks trot out there and expect us to love it.

Posted by: tswank1 | September 25, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

"Labeling a Dem congressman as "Pelosi-approved" will work with the GOP base"

The GOP base has been cut in half less than a year after it got it's buttt kicked. Only about 25% of Americans will even admit to be Republican and those that do yell it, and behave like such un-American whackjobs that they don't have a prayer in 2010.

Fear, hatred, distortion and division is all they've got to offer.

Posted by: thebobbob | September 25, 2009 12:47 AM | Report abuse

looks like one of the dumb one's answered my blog.lots of b.s no concept as to what is going on.goldandtanznite the majority of independents have already moved away from your assinine party of socialist. you folks have been trying to take over in this country since 1943 and have failed repeatedly at least bill clinton had the smarts to move to the center your boy obama isn't so inclined.but like i said it won't be hard to remove you pests that have infested our government to bad it can't be sooner.

Posted by: tswank1 | September 24, 2009 12:46 PM | Report abuse

we will take care of you in 2010 and 2012 and it won't be hard to do



and who are you ninnies planning to run?

Which fat old buffoon or which boring nonentity do you guys have that could win over a Democrat?

You goofs have a LONG time in the wilderness before you.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 23, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi: A National Treasure....

Priceless and Clueless

Posted by: mlimberg | September 23, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

remember nancy from her political days back in the 80's. she is truly out of touch - mentally & ailing health. perhaps, retirement might be an option for her, but, better for the u.s.a.

Posted by: am29162 | September 23, 2009 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I enjoy reading all these comments from you lefties. you are the ones who invented politacal natiness you make all kinds of accusations about republicans with out any factd. you attack anyone who disagrees with your pathetic party and whine when the truth hits you in the face. Nazi Pelosi is a which (with a capital B) and has attacked the citizens of this country by calling them astroturf,anti american, etc. in 2010 you smug elitists are going to get what you deserve the conservative democrats,republicns,independents and anyone with a half a brain will vote you out of office.Your attempt to take the freedom of all americans away with your spending bills, health care, cap and trade will come back to bite you in the ass.your party only represents socialists and communist the rest of you are to dumb to figure out you will be paying for this mess. you just haven't got the bill yet because obama and the rest of the socialists don't want you to know until it's too keep up the good work by attacking the dissenters we will take care of you in 2010 and 2012 and it won't be hard to do

Posted by: tswank1 | September 23, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

As I recently said to a coworker who cringed at my generalizations about Republicans ...

"we don't call them dittoheads for nothing"

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 23, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

The problem with living in an echo chamber is that everything you say seems to be resonant.

Posted by: nodebris | September 23, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans have latched on to attacking Pelosi as a campaign tactic because it resonates with them.


I doubt it resonates with anyone else.

Posted by: GoldAndTanzanite | September 23, 2009 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Look who's calling the kettle black, no offense intended, just using an expression.
The Right Wing is demonizing the leader of the Left Wing. Me thinks that Republicans should take a good look in the mirror before they demonize anybody. They might just find that their reflections resemble THE PORTRAIT OF DORIAN GRAY.

Posted by: mcdonalsherry | September 23, 2009 2:34 PM | Report abuse

The next election is more than a year away and a lot can happen in that year. To say that you will hang Pelosi around anybody's neck is ridicules. By next year she could have pushed a health care bill through Congress that is more than a sop to the insurance industry (The Bachus bill) and be highly popular.

Posted by: Opa2 | September 23, 2009 1:34 PM | Report abuse

"I know I've left something out... oh yeah! “for directions in Spanish, press one.”

Posted by: margaretmeyers "

Feminists, Democratic war vets, unions.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 23, 2009 1:26 PM | Report abuse




This is a troll alert. This is a troll alert.




Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 23, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Junior gets it wrong - again

et tu WaPo?

The administration also concluded, wrongly, that obtaining an unconditional Israeli settlement freeze was an essential first step. In fact settlements are no longer a strategic obstacle to peace; as a practical matter, most of the construction is in areas that will not be part of a Palestinian state. The administration's inflexible stance, unwisely spelled out in public by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, led to an unwinnable confrontation with Mr. Netanyahu, turned Israeli public opinion against Mr. Obama and prompted Palestinians to harden their own position. The compromise now being discussed between Washington and Jerusalem will differ little from past deals.

Posted by: snowbama | September 23, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Is that a photo for the new tim robbins film?

Posted by: snowbama | September 23, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Just how does one demonize a demon? doesn't it sort of do it by itself?

similar to wimpifying Barry. Task completed before it starts.

I like how simply playing back Van Jones own words was a slur on his character.

All Dems suffer from this, if you broadcast their true intentions and thoughts, they seem raving.

Posted by: snowbama | September 23, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

"Nobody's going to win an election by tying a candidate to Pelosi. She isn't well-known enough, or hated by a large enough segment of the population, for the strategy to work. Hard-core Republicans hate her, as they hate so many other people. (Good list, margaretmeyers.) But they'll vote against any Democrat, whether or not Pelosi is involved. Most people just don't care about her.Posted by: Blarg"

Which actually hits a more cogent point.

The Republicans have latched on to attacking Pelosi as a campaign tactic because it resonates with them. Since you can easily identify a republican by saying "Nancy Pelosi" and watch for the people whose blood pressure immediately rises, it seems that this is one more republican attempt to rouse the base.

They don't actually need to rouse the base, and aren't smart enough to figure out that what they need to rouse is the center.

With this tactic, they will rouse the center all right. The center will rise with tar and feathers and apply it liberally to every Republican they see. It is a tactic with a very big risk, that they permanently alienate what ought to be about two thirds of their voters.

But Have Fun Republicans! Your swan song will be remembered. As total foolishness.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 23, 2009 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Lazio, Guiliani--who cares? The next governor of New York is Cuomo, primary or no primary.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 23, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

The GOP faithful can rest easy. Rick Lazio has thrown his hat into the NY gubernatorial race.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | September 23, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The GOP faithful can rest easy. Rick Lazio has thrown his hat into the NY gubernatorial race.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | September 23, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Not exactly. Bush is retired. Nancy is still the Speaker of the House. Bush will only be a negative for GOP candidates to the degree that they try to "go back" to those days, defend torture, etc. Labeling a Dem congressman as "Pelosi-approved" will work with the GOP base, and it is designed to get contributions, not votes.

Posted by: justjoeking | September 23, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Meg Whitman: With Pete Wilson (proponent of the infamous Prop. 187) running her campaign, she can kiss good-bye to the Latino vote right now.

Yes, she has deep pockets, but the current feeling amongst Latinos v. R.s is decidedly negative.

Mike Bloomberg's eating habits: It's the hypocrisy, stupid! (and please might I have an order of almost-burnt bacon?)

Posted by: sverigegrabb | September 23, 2009 11:47 AM | Report abuse

If you have to say you're "fair and balanced"; you're obviously not.

Posted by: jasperanselm | September 23, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The difference between trying to hang nancy around democrats necks and hanging Bush around Republicans necks is that to do so the republican has to put him self in the "I want the country to fail so we can win" ranks, and that may not be a particularly smart strategy, especially if the economy IS recovering and Health Care is out there waiting to kick in.

Particularly note this bit, "Every dollar you donate will go directly towards validating [Vice President Joe] Biden's claim -- every dollar will go towards retiring Nancy Pelosi," wrote Sessions.

When the Republicans go out and campaign on wanting the Nation to fail so that they can get back in power, that ought to alienate about 80% of the country. , or, when it also alienates enough of the nation that another 25% of the electorate gets out and votes against the republicans, 90% of the country.

But smart tactics aren't in the republican's play book , and haven't been any time in this century.

And Diebold isn't there to help them anymore. At least, not in Ohio.

Posted by: ceflynline | September 23, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

If St. Francis were the Democratic Speaker, the GOP would attempt to demonize him. This works great for the party's core, but a huge proportion of Americans, probably the majority, do not know who the speaker is or care anything about him or her, whatever party is in power. It's all just rabid political blathering to them, of the sort that turns them off politics.

Posted by: nodebris | September 23, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

VirginiaConservative wrote: "You people understand demonizing very well - you just think we are stupid enough to not recognize it when we see it."

No, we *know* it. You think Fox News is "fair and balanced." QED.

Posted by: nodebris | September 23, 2009 11:33 AM | Report abuse


Which is it? Are you a 'tool' of the Left or the Right? One day you're accused of touting for the D.s, another day you're touting for the R.s! Can't Win!

As for Pelosi: In recent times, Speakers of the House have been lightning rods for the out-of-power party. It took MANY years and several serious missteps (and overreaches) to oust Newt Gingrich. And no one can take away from Pelosi the distinction that she is the first female Speaker.

A well known proverb comes to mind:
'The [rabid] dogs bark, but the caravan moves on'.

Posted by: sverigegrabb | September 23, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The uproarious cleavage column from two years ago.

Read it and then judge how sexist it is.

How sexist this column by a Pulitzer Prize winning FEMALE fashion critic is.

Posted by: DDAWD | September 23, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I have to laugh at all the posters here trying to say republicans are trying to be nasty just because Pelosi is a woman. It is the height of hypocrisy after watching all you dem Obama supporters crucify Hillary as a bigot and racist so your chosen one could get the nomination. You ridiculed anyone who supported her as well. Shall we dredge up the constant denigrations of her character, her pantsuits, her cleavage, her laugh, her tears, her hair, her makeup....
However I don't recall Hillary calling Americans Nazis or astroturf or trying to lay false claims of impending violence recalling something that was dissimilar in nature. And don't all democrats have to judge all republicans by the demons they make out of Limbaugh, Beck and their new poster Wilson, now making "you lie" into the new racial activity of the day. Funny how a democrat rep can say on the House Floor that Bush was sending troops of to war to get their heads blown off for his own enjoyment and you didn't utter a peep or chastise him for his House decorum.

Posted by: justmyvoice | September 23, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

You give the GOP far too much credit. Madame Speaker is doing a better job than they could ever hope to achieve. She is a marvel in self destruction.

Posted by: beebop1 | September 23, 2009 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Cillizza is such a tool. There's no need to "demonize" Pelosi...she's already demonized herself and has abysmal poll numbers among those who have an opinion at all. And therein lies the story. Those who are aware of her have their opinions already fixed and this ad campaign, invoking her name, amounts to "preaching to the choir."

Any effective ad campaign must be directed at those who are not aware. Simply playing clips of her own words (almost chosen at random) followed by a statement to the effect that Candidate X might be a nice guy but he will vote to keep her in charge in Washington is the argument that needs to be made to wake up the unaware.

Posted by: CincinnatiRIck | September 23, 2009 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Who wanted to see George Bush tried for war crimes?

Not Pelosi!

Who wanted to see NSA wiretapping investigated?

Not Pelosi!

Who wanted to see the guts ripped out of FISA?

Not Nancy Pelosi!

Who voted for the war in Iraq?


She and the rest of her California crew are one of the worst things, including George Bush, that has ever been visited on this country. Included in that list are Harry Reid, KKKarl Rove, Dick Gephart, Tom Dashel, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzalez, John Yoo, and the entire Congressonal Black Caucus.

Screwed we are.

Posted by: mdsinc | September 23, 2009 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you jmandelker. They hate, but they really hate women, and they really really hate women lead. I like to think that having Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Secy Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, Sonya Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 17 female Senators, 76 Congresswomen, Oprah, Ellen Degeneres, etc, etc, in such prominent postitions could just make them crazy.

They do just drift from bashing one woman to bashing another, though, don't they? Oh, and they'll tell you Sarah Palin shows me I'm wrong -- but they only like her for now. If she gets in the way of one of the male party leaders, she's road kill.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 23, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

As usual, the repugnant republicans can't do anything constructive, so they attack those they disagree with. Very nice. No wonder you're getting your azzez kicked.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | September 23, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

The GOP doesn't need to demonize Pelosi... she is doing a wonderful job all by herself.

I wonder what job she will qualify for when she is voted out of office... I know McDonalds wont hire her... maybe La Raza will though...

Posted by: indep2 | September 23, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Sorry. Of course the Senate Line has to do with 2010, not 2012. Nobody has a clue which if any of these Democrats are going to be seriously challenged, or of course who their challengers will be.

So again, all this says is (some) 2012 Dems are ahead of the game on fund-raising.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 23, 2009 10:16 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure tying candidates to Nancy Pelosi is going to be that effective a strategy for garnering Republican votes. Even if we ignore the fact that it didn't work too well in 2006 or 2008, and even if we ignore the fact that a big ol' chunk of those undecided voters the Republicans need don't really grasp who Pelosi is or why they should care about her, the fact is, Pelosi's is a role that is more or less meant to be despised. When was the last time we had a speaker of the House who wasn't almost universally hated?

Pelosi, like speakers before her, is in the position of having make the decisions and the statements that tick off voters of all political ideologies for the good of the party. She's plenty popular in her own district and at no real risk of losing a re-election bid -- another important qualification -- so the Democratic party can let her say some of the things they don't want President Obama to say, as his is a more high-risk position.

I understood when the Republicans tried to use Pelosi as a polarizing figure while President Bush was still in the White House, as Pelosi was, at least in theory, the most powerful Democrat in the country. Now, I wonder if the strategy isn't the result of some calculation on the Republicans' part. They've got Obama as a much more powerful Democrat than Pelosi, and although he's certainly way more popular than she is, his popularity is on a downshift. But if the stimulus ends up being effective and health care reform is enacted without destroying the country, Obama's fixing to get a lot more popular -- while pretty much everyone outside of her district will still hate Pelosi.

The Republican Party has been looking to hitch some wagons to the "Obama's ruining everything" train, but I wonder if increasing focus on Pelosi doesn't show that they aren't 100 percent confident that train will take them to where they're trying to go.

Posted by: GJonahJameson | September 23, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Fix Pick #4: Bracing for a bad cycle? How do you get that, CC? That makes it sound like a "bad cycle" for Senate Dems is likely, when by your own Line, it's likely to be a wash or a slight Dem pickup.

The article says Democrats are raising money early. That's just smart. Get donations while the liberal base is concerned about passing health care reform. Sure, there will be increased pressure from the right, trying to knock Dems back below 60, but that doesn't mean it's likely.

Posted by: mikeinmidland | September 23, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse


Dear Ms. Nancy Pelosi

Let me begin by reminding you, elected politicians work for the people. We can appreciate the demands that this position has placed upon you and your fellow representatives, and appreciate all of the contributions you have made as Speaker of the House and fellow representatives of the people. There comes a time when a person must realize his or her chosen position is beyond their capability. Acting as Speaker of the House of Representatives, takes a unique individual with an incredible amount of knowledge, experience and expertise.

You as acting Speaker have fallen short by neglecting to take advantage of the monumental information resources within the confines of the House of Representatives. By attempting to exclude the membership from its part in decision making you have generated an atmosphere of hardship, discontentment, disappointment and animosity. The outrageous decisions that have been made by you and your fellow representatives are completely unacceptable and display a clear-cut lack of business expertise, knowledge and understanding of the environment we live in today. We understand all House members do not come equipped with the necessary knowledge or business background to be effective in their position but we do expect them to be capable of making common sense decisions.

This Democrat controlled House has a history of flawed decision making and consequently cost the citizens of this country an extraordinary amount in unnecessary spending. When representatives are responsible for all functions of a government and trillions of dollars in revenue, they must, perform beyond expectations. We as citizens of the United States are entitled too and deserve nothing less. This House is recently demonstrating its inaptitude by wanting to spend trillions of dollars without corroboration and to arbitrarily fabricate policies that amount to trillions of dollars is ludicrous.

Rest assured you along with the fore mentioned representatives are going to be replaced, the inevitable will happen, either now or some time during your tenure. With the United States in the economic turmoil it is in and this House of Representatives chooses to pass proposed bailouts, it can only be construed as another display of bad decision making. You must step back and assess your options, you have a few, keep making bad decisions, pass unwanted socialistic agendas, wait for the next election, or do the honorable, render your resignation, Ms. Pelosi the choice is yours. I have heard you repeat this phrase numerous times, “we are doing what’s right”, let us see if you can make the right decision.



Posted by: canibeheard | September 23, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

"para espanol, oprima numero dos, por favor".

I suppose we will know the end times have come when that phrase is replaced by

"para espanol, oprima numero UNO".

CC wrote:

That approach apparently includes a distancing from the current Republican governor -- Arnold Schwarzenegger; asked about his tenure, Whitman sad that "Ronald Reagan and Pete Wilson did a better job."

Is that a vote winner in the R Primary in CA? Dismissing the current Gov.? Or does she know that Ahnold is supporting one of her opponents?

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 23, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Nobody's going to win an election by tying a candidate to Pelosi. She isn't well-known enough, or hated by a large enough segment of the population, for the strategy to work. Hard-core Republicans hate her, as they hate so many other people. (Good list, margaretmeyers.) But they'll vote against any Democrat, whether or not Pelosi is involved. Most people just don't care about her.

Posted by: Blarg | September 23, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Chris - Why is it that the GOP locks onto women as the primary message in fund raising? For years (decades) Hillary Clinton was the favored punching bag, now its Nancy Pelosi. Are there no men Republican can use? What does this say about a party and its base?

Posted by: jmandelker | September 23, 2009 9:48 AM | Report abuse

And tying candidates to Pelosi worked so well in the elections between 2006 and 2008. Dem win. Game. Dem win. Set. Dem win. Match.

Oh joy, allenridge discovered the Fix. He evidently didn't bother reading that Cillizza is not a reporter. So, allen, do your job as a bloggist and whine. You seem to be very good at that.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | September 23, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Why does Pelosi encourage so many of her democrat colleagues to participate in hate organizations like NOI and NBP.

Posted by: bingham60 | September 23, 2009 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Chris -- didn't the Jesuits teach you better than to make assertions that are not supported by the text? You headline used eye-catching terminology ("demonize") but the piece just pointed out that Rs are going to use Pelosi's unpopularity against D House candidates (wow!). So it is demonizing Pelosi to point out that she is their leader in the House and a D elected would follow her lead? In a way, your hyperbole is a slap to Democrats, i.e., that Rs are demonizing Pelosi by claiminging she is the leader of their party (being a leader of the Ds makes one demonic?). Better watch yourself over at MSNBC, they won't like this.

Posted by: buster5 | September 23, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi is Al Quada to the GOP. She is their Osama bin Laden hiding in plain sight. She is their "abortion doctor", ready the rip healthcare reform from their collective womb. The GOP is a strange and peculiar lot these days.

Posted by: demtse | September 23, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Gee, just yesterday it was "The Health-Care War Gets a Little More Civil," with minority whip Cantor, today it is back to business as usual...

Posted by: dotellen | September 23, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Hendrick Herzberg, stalked by Bill O'Reilly, probably belongs on Margaret's list. He made the same point this week in the New Yorker that Andy did below. The Republican leadership is wagged by its tail now.

In the past, the lunatic fringe, especially during times of "economic bewilderment" has latched on to this or that populist candidate, Palin, for example. But the Republican Party ought to be terrified these days. They have no viable candidates, especially at the national level. Their candidates can not figure out how to organize the rage led by the snarling radio hosts. Their numbers are just not there and the crazies won't let any rational voice penetrate their paranoia.

Running against Pelosi is perhaps exhibit A. Pawlenty baiting Nazis and Communists?
Palin burnishing her foreign policy resume by obtaining and using a Passport?
Republicans are ridiculous.

They are mad as hell and they want their country back, but they have no leader, not yet anyway. Andy's point about how all the populist rage of Gene McCarthy's anti-war candidacy led to pathos, the nomination of Hubert Humphrey, is brilliant.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 23, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

republicons have absolutely nothing to offer. That is why the attacks. They cannot say - here is our plan for governing" because anyone who has paid two seconds of attention knows exactly what their plans did to the nation. So this is what they have left: Attack. Lie. NO!

Posted by: John1263 | September 23, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Sort of like attacking nanna. But who ever said right wingers had souls?

Pelosi is not the most effective Speaker the nation has ever seen, but she is fairly competent. She is way better than Ried. If you listen to the right you would swear she is forcing the House to hold their sessions with a burning pentagram on the floor and a winged fallen angel hoovering over the Speaker's chair.

The attacks on Pelosi have actually done the same thing the hysterical tea baggers did for health care. They expose the right as having nothing to offer and using the politics of fear that so corrodes our political discourse. They were calling for her head when she said the CIA lied to congress. And it turns out that the CIA did lie to congress adn they did so because cheney ordered them to.

Posted by: John1263 | September 23, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Might we see a House leadership coup managed by the White House at the end of the health care debate?

Posted by: parkerfl1 | September 23, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse


Attempts to demonize Nancy Pelosi carry as much validity as the secretive federal-local multi-agency coordinated action program that has demonized many thousands of unjustly targeted Americans...

...who are being assaulted by classified microwave and laser radiation directed energy weapons and terrorized by federally-enabled community stalking vigilantes under the false flag of "keeping America safe."

Now that these government-enabled crimes against humanity are being exposed, the Democratic leadership will have another reason to say to the American public, in reference to Bush-Cheney constitutional and human rights abuses, "You see? We were right"...

... that is, IF the Obama administration finally wakes up and stops the heinous Bush-Cheney legacy programs that continue to decimate the rule of law and threaten the Obama presidency. OR (if link is corrupted / disabled): RE: "GESTAPO USA"

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 23, 2009 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Shrink2, I am also waiting to see the Fix's take on Sarah Palin, After Dinner Speaker. I hear it really raised her profile!

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 23, 2009 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Judging from all this hatred the Republicans have for Rep. Pelosi, I must say, this lovely, sweet lady really must be doing something right!

Posted by: paultaylor1 | September 23, 2009 8:43 AM | Report abuse

Do the Republicans really want their candidates tied to Mr. 14% Approval - John "Spray-on Tan" Boehner? Really?

Speaker Pelosi is about 3 times as popular as Boehner. If they are angling for tit-for-tat, it's a stupid game to start when their guy's popularity is in the gutter.

Posted by: bjalexa | September 23, 2009 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Thank you Margaret!

A visit to the DMV appears to encompass the totality of their experience with all things "government run".

Posted by: shrink2 | September 23, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

Is it possible that the minority party is "demonizing" Ms. Pelosi because she is the Speaker of the House and thus, the leader of the Democrats in the House. And NOT because she's Nancy Pelosi?

Posted by: MDLaxer | September 23, 2009 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Fix, I’ve warned you NOT to use any of the words on my Republican Hot Button List. It gets the twitchiest political party on the face of the Earth ALL TWITCHY and the rest of us have to put up with great gusts of unreasoning snark.

Acorn, Welfare Queens, Head Start, Schip, “illegals,” Halloween, Gay people, Gay Marriage, Separation of church and state, know-it-all Secularists, NOW, Emily’s List, NARAL, atheists, agnostics, Unitarians, Death Panels, Amendments to the Constitution (the ones they hate and the ones they love), Motor Voter, voter fraud (among minorities only) Taxes, creeping Socialism, Czars, TARP, health insurance reform, Sallie Mae, Fannie Mae, the SEC, Universal Health Care, trial lawyers, National Health, National Council of La Raza the Death Tax,

Obama’s birth certificate, all the passports he has ever had, his school admittance records and school loans, uppity people with fancy degrees, community organizers, professors telling us what to do, economists, law professors, anyone Obama has ever met or worked with,

Nancy Pelosi, Senator Boxer, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, the Dixie Chicks, Barbra Streisand, Serena Williams, Ellen Degeneres, Eleanor Roosevelt, Mollie Ivins, Roseanne Barr, Sonya Sotomayor, Arianna Huffington, Dawn Johnsen, Maureen Dowd, Ellen Goodman, Bernadine Dohrn, Jane Fonda, Rosie O’Donnell,

Barak Hussein Obama, Al Gore, John Kerry, John Edwards, Paulson, Bernanki, Scapiro, Geithner, Reid, Biden, Van Jones, Cass Sunstein, Tom Daschle, Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter, Franklin Roosevelt, David Hamilton, William Ayers, Att’y Gen’l Holder, Keith Olberman , Bill Clinton, Paul Krugman, Frank Rich, Juan Williams, Seymour Hirsch, Lenin and Marx, Bill Ayers,

Viet Nam, draft dodgers who aren’t Republicans, Ko-reea, those unreliable Pakis, Somali pirates, Hugo Chavez, the Ruskies, the French, the Canadians, the Mexicans, people who say they are patriots but aren’t conservative enough to be patriotic.

I know I've left something out... oh yeah! “for directions in Spanish, press one.”

Posted by: margaretmeyers | September 23, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi is a woman with a brain, so of course the GOP demonizes her.

Posted by: tru-indy | September 23, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

fairfaxvoter wrote: "It wasn't for any particular reason, just that he knew he could say any crazy, hateful thing and it would get him the much-desired media spotlight."

Remember - crazy always plays well in the psych ward. It also helps keep the GOP faithful mentally nimble as they have to cook up ever-more convoluted justifications for ignoring the anti-social behavior of their leadership.

Posted by: washpost18 | September 23, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

coloradodog -

Where did you learn your demonizing? Also where did you learn your complete and utter hypocrisy?

You have clearly mastered both.

Posted by: bobmoses | September 23, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

Can anyone provide an example of when Ciliza ever talked about Democrats "demonizing" a Republican?

What a partisan hack.

Posted by: bobmoses | September 23, 2009 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Demonizing and creating Southern Policy wedge issues is Rove's specialty. He learned it from Atwater who learned it from Hitler's demonization of the Jews.

Although I think Nancy Pelosi is a weak-sister who should resign or be recalled for caving into Lord Cheney, it's no suprise she's now on the Huckabee's list of demons which includes:

- Muslims
- Mexicans
- gays
- school teachers and professors
- "non-believers"
- blacks (especially those in politics)
- women
- marijuana (nicotine and alcohol are OK)
- poor
- homeless
- sick

Posted by: coloradodog | September 23, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

"I think the GOP folks inside the beltline need to realize that they have a growing issue on their hands with an overenergized right wing of the party. They have created a situation where the patients are running the asylum right now, and if they don't calm it all down it is going to explode in a bad and public way (ie Democrats in Chicago)."

What, you don't think Hubert Humphrey was the best thing that could have come out of the Chicago convention? Actually you are absolutely correct here, but I just had to make a little joke.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 23, 2009 8:04 AM | Report abuse

If you asked me the first thing that came into my mind when you mention Newt Gingrich, I would recall that he actually (unbelievably) blamed the Democrats for a young white southern woman's murder of her two children (by strapping them into car seats and running the car into a lake) and subsequent claims to the media that an imaginary "black man" wearing a coat and hat in the middle of hot weather had taken her car and kidnapped them.

Yes, he said this heinous family crime with racist overtones represented Democratic Party values. It wasn't for any particular reason, just that he knew he could say any crazy, hateful thing and it would get him the much-desired media spotlight.

But of course his own family values included serving divorce papers when his wife was gravely ill in the hospital.

I think Nancy Pelosi would need to be flamboyantly evil, as in the Newt Gingrich model, before she could hope to raise a tenth as much money for the Republicans as he did for the Democrats. Right now she is simply a normal partisan Democrat, not a loony, over the top figure like he became.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | September 23, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Dede and the NRCC are going to have a hard time selling this line of thinking since Owens is a registered independent who is retired from the military. The GOP should be more concerned with the Conservative Party candidate. He is laying it on in the local press about how Scozzafava is not a true conservative, and I think it will gain some traction with the right winger element in the North Country, which are the type of voters who vote in special elections.

I think the GOP folks inside the beltline need to realize that they have a growing issue on their hands with an overenergized right wing of the party. They have created a situation where the patients are running the asylum right now, and if they don't calm it all down it is going to explode in a bad and public way (ie Democrats in Chicago).

Posted by: AndyR3 | September 23, 2009 7:56 AM | Report abuse

No one has to demonize Pelosi! She does a excellent job of doing to herself!!!!!!

Posted by: Jimbo77 | September 23, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

Nancy Pelosi, in my view, will never be a stateswoman, but merely a politician. She is the Speaker who wanted to name Alcee Hastings Chair of the House Intelligence Committee [Hastings, the impeached for bribery and removed former federal judge has somehow rturned his perfidy into a House seat from FL]. I do not think Hastings could have been granted a security clearance.

So I am, to put it lightly, not a fan. But my disdain for her would not register upon my decision to vote for or against a House candidate or nominee from my district.
It would be a total non-issue.
If I were of Italian extraction in a NY CD I would be doubly peeved that Scozzafava's name was butchered in the same ad that criticized Ms. Pelosi. That is a special case, of course.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | September 23, 2009 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey flaming liberal mean like how the Democrats and their corrupt pals in our MSM wolfpack press demonized Newt Gingrich and Tom Delay?, two other House speakers, but Republican?

Chris you can go to hell...........Nancy is a LIAR and a super "B".

Do your dirty liberal job as a left-ist reporter and investigate her like you did Newt and Delay...............Criminals

Posted by: allenridge | September 23, 2009 7:42 AM | Report abuse

No puffery on Palin's appearance in Hong Kong? Its Left Wing media bias I tells ya!

Posted by: shrink2 | September 23, 2009 7:40 AM | Report abuse

Puh-leeze. Demoncrats demonized Bush mercilessly. Take Katrina for example. Even though the corrupt and totally inept Louisiana politicians were at fault for stealing monies from the flood control system and totally failed at leadership during the crisis, Bush was given full blame by the leftist media establishment.

Pot. Kettle. Black.

Posted by: tjhall1 | September 23, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Wait a munite, the GOP is "demonizing" Pelosi? That must be demspeak for repeating the things she has said. Like calling Americans nazis who don't agree with her. Or calling the CIA liars - when she is the on who clearly needs to be waterboarded to find out what she knew - and when.

Or tearfully reminding us of Milk's murder, cleverly suggesting that the evil GOP is headed down that road of murder and mahem AGAIN - while she cleverly forgets to mention is was a fellow leftist who murdered Milk. Nice work Nancy. All because she can't get her way. Acadamy award is on the way, baby.

No, the madam is not being demonized. Only correctly described. If that appears to be demonizing, then maybe SHE needs to correct her behaviour.

The intrepid reporter may want to look at how the MSM treated Sarah Palin AND her family. THATS demonizing.

You people understand demonizing very well - you just think we are stupid enough to not recognize it when we see it.

Posted by: VirginiaConservative | September 23, 2009 7:25 AM | Report abuse

Pelosi has no problem leading the charge and demonizing conservatives. She’s second in line to the Oval Office . . . now that’s a scary thought.

Posted by: WeThePeopleofVirginia | September 23, 2009 6:37 AM | Report abuse

So you're sitting in your den in your Hudson Valley home watching the local news. And an ad comes on out of Washington from people who can't even get their candidate's name right telling you how you've got to "stop" this other person in Washington, Nancy Pelosi, that you've maybe heard about occasionally. It's going to sound very intra-Beltway and far removed from your life. If the Republicans want to waste their campaign money this way, I have no objection.

Posted by: sonofyork | September 23, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

what I don't get is why you only report republicans are doing this and that yet dems don't do anything...
while it'a apparent which side you swing for, it wrongs your readers with the way you do it...

Posted by: DwightCollins | September 23, 2009 6:14 AM | Report abuse

All they have to do is put her videos out on the net and let people see for themselves. No comments are necessary.

Posted by: GeneGuffey | September 23, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse

So many thoughts about Nancy Pelosi.

First I don't judge people by their looks. If someone looks clownish, it's really irrelevant as long as they do their job. We all have our vanities, and if someone in their last few years wants to have a face lift, that's their right and privilege and I defend their right to do s.

Second, I've listened to Nancy Pelosi speak and she seems so distracted at times, losing her train of thought... and given her advanced age (she must be in her early 80's?), she would do well for a complete physical. Also recall she seemed to completely forget the briefings she got from different agencies; she looked lost and confused and I thought it cruel that people were making fun of inability to articulate her thought or remember things that had just happened to her.

Thus, I don't think it's right the republicans should brand her or demonize her. I've always subscribed to the theory that you don't pick on old or sick people. I think many of the things attributed to her and not her fault and that she is probably being manipulated by someone to say and do the things she does.

I wish her the best.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | September 23, 2009 5:26 AM | Report abuse

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