Video: The obligatory “RNC takes cheap shot at Pelosi” clip

posted at 2:23 pm on May 23, 2009 by Allahpundit

I would have posted this sooner but I ended up locked in a two-hour Twitter battle over it, the highlight of which was my being compared to a hypothetical German in the early years of the Third Reich who refused to go jumping to conclusions about Hitler. Anyway, Politico explains:

[W]hen you see Nancy Pelosi, the Republican National Committee wants you to think “Pussy Galore.”

At least that’s the takeaway from a video released by the committee this week – a video that puts Pelosi side-by-side with the aforementioned villainess from the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger.”

The RNC video, which begins with the speaker’s head in the iconic spy-series gun sight, implies that Pelosi has used her feminine wiles to dodge the truth about whether or not she was briefed by the CIA on the use of waterboarding in 2002. While the P-word is never mentioned directly, in one section the speaker appears in a split screen alongside the Bond nemesis – and the video’s tagline is “Democrats Galore.”

The RNC does occasionally display suicidal tendencies — see, e.g., pretty much anything to come out of Michael Steele’s mouth over the past few months — but I can’t believe they intended to call Pelosi a “pussy” knowing how offensive it is, how many votes it could cost them, and how outrageously outraged the media would be on her behalf as a way of changing the subject from her lies about waterboarding. Even the GOP’s not that self-destructive. They are, however, evidently tone-deaf enough to cast her in the role of a generic Bond femme fatale here, which very stupidly and gratuitously injects her gender into a war they were winning. The left’s cried wolf over GOP ads so many times, in such astoundingly hysterical ways, that by now the presumption of innocence is almost irrebuttable. And yet, I’d love to know who among the Republican brain trust thought this was a good idea. Even if their motives were pure, after seeing what happened to Limbaugh’s “I hope he fails” comment, they simply have to be more attuned to how their message will be received and whether they’re giving their opponents easy opportunities to distort it. A private citizen like Rush, who doesn’t have to worry about winning elections, can afford to be indifferent to that. In the case of the RNC, it’s inexcusable.


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GoodBoy on May 23, 2009 at 3:15 PM

“Who the heck is this Nancy Pelosi?” asked Pinocchio.

That should have been the commercial.

Hogman on May 23, 2009 at 11:33 PM

This ad takes too long to get to the point. I’m sure some “brilliant” ex-McCain advisors came up with it.

Speedwagon82 on May 24, 2009 at 1:00 AM

Here we go again. “We shouldn’t do anything that could be twisted around by people who loathe us.” In other words, we shouldn’t do anything.

Jim Treacher on May 24, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Takes too long and is kinda stupid. I still don’t see what all the fuss is about. I don’t think they were calling just Pelosi a “pussy”, they did say Democrats galore, so I’m inclined to think they meant all Dems.

Jamewah on May 24, 2009 at 8:28 AM

faux “moral outrage” from people with faux morals about a woman with a faux face (both of them)

having watched Sarah Palin be portrayed in every conceivable demeaning way for 6 months, I find the “faux outrage” of the Left to REALLY outrageous!

Nancy Pelosi…VICTIM! Puhleeze!

Justrand on May 24, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Here is my take

It’s really not that big of a deal

There is so much material with regards to Pelosi that the extra stuff is unneccesary.

But the younger voters will “get” the last statement
“democrats galore”

And to compare Pelosi to a really pretty movie actress is not a good move. It would have been better to compare her to Cruella DeVille somehow.

Frances on May 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM

On the bright side, there are a ton of Democrats/liberals who have now seen that ad who may not have been so inclined before.

eforhan on May 24, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I don’t see anything wrong with the ad. The comparisons are not very pointed but they sure are sure accurate. The left uses these tactics all the time so any faux outrage should be treated as it deserves (ie ignored).

duff65 on May 24, 2009 at 1:52 PM

There is so much material with regards to Pelosi that the extra stuff is unneccesary.
Frances on May 24, 2009 at 11:31 AM

That’s the only real outrage here.

For crying out loud, just put together a 30-second clip of her trying to “defend” herself – gesticulating like a deranged seizure victim while her own majority leader tries to drag her off the stage.

What’s with all the other crap? The RNC tried to show how incredibly cute and clever it could be – and failed miserably – when all it had to do was Keep It Simple, Stupid.

And THESE are the people we’re trusting to put together our campaign strategies?

logis on May 24, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Pussy Galore was hot and extremely capable. Pelosi is neither. Duh.

This video is moronic. Pelosi needs no special effects, no insipid cuteness. Just show Pelosi being Pelosi. Done.

God the Republican leaders are stupid.

DrDeano on May 24, 2009 at 5:02 PM

The ad is funny.
Its the truth, Funny how some people think that the republicans should do NOTHING.
Play the game the way they are playing it, fast loose n dirty.
Press on with pride.

ColdWarrior57 on May 24, 2009 at 11:13 PM

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