Video: Pence, Price, Boehner slam Pelosi, Hoyer over “un-American” editorial

posted at 2:20 pm on August 10, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Megyn Kelly gets Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) to pull his car to the side of the road on his way to a townhall meeting and denounce the smear from Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer published by USA Today. Pence calls the ObamaCare proposal “the last straw” of government control, which is why it has inflamed constituencies across the nation. Pence also predicts that the editorial will have the opposite effect of what Pelosi and Hoyer intended, and that people will only object louder (via John McCormack):

Rep. Tom Price, chair of the Republican Study Committee, connects some dots on the stifling of dissent:

Meanwhile, John Boehner released his own statement, calling the Pelosi-Hoyer editorial “outrageous and reprehensible”:

“For months, House Democratic leaders have worked to silence any opposing views in this health care debate, both here in Washington and around the country where millions of Americans are struggling in this economy. Every poll taken in the last month shows that a majority of Americans are concerned about, if not outright opposed to, the Democrats’ plan because of the cost and consequences it would mean for their own health care. Each public forum should give every participant the opportunity to express their views, but to label Americans who are expressing vocal opposition to the Democrats’ plan “un-American” is outrageous and reprehensible.

“The American people deserve answers to basic questions about whether the Democrats’ plan will increase health care costs, add to the deficit, increase taxes on middle-class families and small businesses, put government between doctors and patients, force anyone to lose their current health coverage, kill jobs, promote taxpayer-funded abortion, or cut Medicare. The fact is Democrats have not been able to address the very real concerns the American people have.

“It’s time for Democrats to start listening. When we return to Washington in September, Democrats should scrap their costly plan and finally work on bipartisan reforms that give Americans what they are seeking: better access to affordable care.”

Tommy Christopher, while supporting the other arguments in the editorial, thinks the two Democrats made a huge mistake, as well as indulged in obvious hypocrisy:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer wrote an op-ed piece for USA Today that makes a lot of excellent points about the current healthcare debate. Unfortunately, they lead with the kind of loaded statement that plays into the right’s “stifling dissent” meme. The title of the piece is ‘Un-American’ attacks can’t derail health care debate.

Forget, for a moment, whether Pelosi and Hoyer actually make an effective case for the Un-Americaninity of the town hall protesters. For the top two members of the House of Representatives to use the phrase “Un-American” bespeaks a tone-deafness beyond belief, evoking echoes of McCarthyism. It also represents a hypocritical brandishing of the patriotism cudgel that the Democrats have just spent 8 years decrying. …

The fact is, there are many things you can call the protesters, but “Un-American” isn’t one of them, especially not from a liberal standpoint. … While they are correct in denouncing things like effigies of specific members of congress, they are clearly referring to the disruptive protesters as a whole, and the language of McCarthy is inappropriate and unhelpful.

I agree with Tommy that the effigies are particularly unhelpful, although they seem to be a staple of protests from both sides these days.  We certainly didn’t hear any scolding from Pelosi and Hoyer when Sarah Palin or George Bush were the target of the effigies.  As for Tommy’s regret that the accusation took attention away from their arguments in support of ObamaCare, that looks like a feature rather than a bug.


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ALSO, BOYCOTT ANY BUSINESS
DOING BUSINESS WITH SEIU OR ACORN.

Jeff from WI on August 10, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Good Idea. Someone needs to put together a list.

Geochelone on August 10, 2009 at 3:12 PM

Right. BUT… if the Republicans can get a good counter bill in there, one that preserves our liberties (like buying health insurance policies that cross state lines) and then let Obama take all the credit, Obama will sign off on that.

Skywise on August 10, 2009 at 2:31 PM

In other words…Pull a Clinton…

CCRWM on August 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Right. BUT… if the Republicans can get a good counter bill in there, one that preserves our liberties (like buying health insurance policies that cross state lines) and then let Obama take all the credit, Obama will sign off on that.

Skywise on August 10, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Most likely what will happen. A milder Hell Care bill will be passed, Obama will credit himself for saving the world and name the entire U.S. Health Care System after himself.

Then, every election for the next 30+ years, we can hear about how the Republicans tried to deny all the poor people access to medical care and, if you vote for a ‘R’ there will be back alley heart transplants etc….

cntrlfrk on August 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM

Hubby and I will be in DC on 9/12….driving in from FL – I truly don’t know if the libbies even understand how many protestors will be there. They seem blissfully ignorant (typical) so we are hoping for a MOB of epic proportions, taking them off guard.

I had a trucker ball-cap made for the special day too: IMPEACH OBAMA – AMERICA NEEDS A PRESIDENT WHO IS NOT A PU**Y (my cap is NOT edited)

Sorry to be nasty, but fire with fire, ya know.

Ris4victory on August 10, 2009 at 3:13 PM

“Megyn Kelly gets Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) to pull his car to the side of the road
OT, but I’d sure pull my car to the side of the road for Megyn….sigh…”

Dingbat63 on August 10, 2009 at 2:36 PM

My thoughts exactly. He probably figured he was just “getting lucky” when he saw a good looking blond honking to pull him over.

greasywrench on August 10, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Citizens will stop shouting when the Democrats stop LYING about their health care plan.

Oh, and The One keeps talking about HIS health care plan. WHERE IS IT?

GarandFan on August 10, 2009 at 3:20 PM

It just amazes me that Pelosi would do this. And that Hoyer would be a part of it. They practically wrote the Republican response for them.

I have never seen anything like this.

Terrye on August 10, 2009 at 3:21 PM

It just amazes me that Pelosi would do this. And that Hoyer would be a part of it. They practically wrote the Republican response for them.

I have never seen anything like this.

Terrye on August 10, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Michael Savage intimated they’re on drugs. I’m starting to believe him.

SouthernGent on August 10, 2009 at 3:25 PM

Megyn is beautiful. she could get me to say anything.

workingforpigs on August 10, 2009 at 3:25 PM

“ALSO, BOYCOTT ANY BUSINESS
DOING BUSINESS WITH SEIU OR ACORN.”

Sadly, that would mean not “doing business” with your county, city, or state government whose employees are probably SEIU members. Government is the MOST unionized segment of the US workforce and the SEIU has most of the government workers.

The person deciding what care you get will likely be an SEIU member.

crosspatch on August 10, 2009 at 3:26 PM

Here’s the problem, though.

A health bill will pass. Why? Because it must.

D’s will not kneecap their president less than a year into his term.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Nope, the Dems need the Blue Dogs to vote for this or it doesn’t pass. If the Blue Dogs have any hope of getting reelected they must vote against it. I don’t see them as willing to fall on their swords for this President. Remember they will be up for reelection next year. This will be way to fresh in people’s minds for them to have a prayer of being elected if they vote in favor of this bill.

Buford on August 10, 2009 at 3:28 PM

The GOP should demand Pelosi’s resignation, period.

faraway on August 10, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Un-AmericaninityUn-Americaninanity

Somehow, that non-word is an amazingly accurate description of the America-hating left and their Constitution-killing policies.

progressoverpeace on August 10, 2009 at 2:30 PM

New and improved ;->

tom on August 10, 2009 at 3:31 PM

I’m kind of glad he hasn’t been doing anything to get in our way, but has anyone seen Michael Steele lately?

I thought he might have been hiding under Nazi Pelosi’s petticoats (or Obama’s skirt for that matter).

Laura in Maryland on August 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM

“Megyn Kelly gets Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) to pull his car to the side of the road
OT, but I’d sure pull my car to the side of the road for Megyn….sigh…”

Dingbat63 on August 10, 2009 at 2:36 PM

My thoughts exactly. He probably figured he was just “getting lucky” when he saw a good looking blond honking to pull him over.

greasywrench on August 10, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Hey!! This is not Rhode Island!!

tom on August 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM

It’s true. America is eaten up with these unions, sort of like a body riddled with cancer. Question: Is it inoperable?

RandyChandler on August 10, 2009 at 3:35 PM

These 2 birds of a feather feel empowered b/cause of who their leader is.I was hoping nanc would go down over the waterboarding thing but nothing happened then.I love how their tongue is hanging them!!:)

ohiobabe on August 10, 2009 at 3:35 PM

, but has anyone seen Michael Steele lately?

He hasn’t said anything on Twitter, for what that’s worth. But no, haven’t seen nor heard him.

Dumb question: What is that job description? Is the head of the RNC traditionally an out-front hyper-partisan type of person (like Howard Dean), or a behind-the-scenes fundraiser/ organizer?

JiangxiDad on August 10, 2009 at 3:44 PM

It just amazes me that Pelosi would do this. And that Hoyer would be a part of it. They practically wrote the Republican response for them.

I have never seen anything like this.

Terrye on August 10, 2009 at 3:21 PM

Why would Hoyer give cover to Nancy? I thought he was whispered about as the one to take her place when Obama throws her under the bus. I don’t get it either.

JiangxiDad on August 10, 2009 at 3:45 PM

“has anyone seen Michael Steele lately?”

We don’t need to. The Democrats have quite an efficient circular firing squad going as it is. Better to shut up and allow them to carry on than to start blabbing and allow them to distract people’s attention to a partisan squabble. The RNC could do the best work right now just by shutting up and allowing the Democrats to keep digging.

Every time a Democrat opens their mouth lately they do more damage than Steele could ever hope to do.

crosspatch on August 10, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Boehner? I thought he was jet setting around in one of Congress’s new airplanes.

Maybe some day the GOP will be the small government reform party but it still seems quite far off.

edshepp on August 10, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Do you suppose it’s occurred to them that some of this anger is surfacing now because we’ve been trying for months to get through to them and can’t? They cut off communications for 6 months and then are shocked when they finally surface to find people yelling.

Dee2008 on August 10, 2009 at 4:29 PM

The person deciding what care you get will likely be an SEIU member.

crosspatch on August 10, 2009 at 3:26 PM

All the more reason to fight this thing.

Guardian on August 10, 2009 at 4:58 PM

Those two clowns are lucky that we are a bit more civilized than our forefathers.

When King George taxed the people to the point they were not going to take it any more, not only did the Boston Tea party occur, but the revoluationaly war began. War as in muskets firing very heavy lead balls. Our forefathers knew how to take care of business. Not much later, people like those two were tarred and feathered and literally run out of town on a rail.

I think tar and feathers would work well in this case.

Rockman44 on August 10, 2009 at 5:08 PM

I’m kind of glad he hasn’t been doing anything to get in our way, but has anyone seen Michael Steele lately?

I thought he might have been hiding under Nazi Pelosi’s petticoats (or Obama’s skirt for that matter).

Laura in Maryland on August 10, 2009 at 3:33 PM

As the saying goes, when your opponent is committing suicide it is best to be quiet and let him.

rockmom on August 10, 2009 at 5:32 PM

Why would Hoyer give cover to Nancy? I thought he was whispered about as the one to take her place when Obama throws her under the bus. I don’t get it either.

JiangxiDad on August 10, 2009 at 3:45 PM

The only reason I can figure is that he is playing the loyal lieutenant now so he can move up to the Speakership when Nancy finally strokes out.

rockmom on August 10, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Here’s the problem, though.

A health bill will pass. Why? Because it must.

D’s will not kneecap their president less than a year into his term.

lorien1973 on August 10, 2009 at 2:26 PM

That may be but we can make them own it and pay for it in 2010 and 2012.

Yakko77 on August 10, 2009 at 6:03 PM

NO deathcae bill, not even if it is bipartisan! GET RID OF DADDY GOV. Time for uncle sam to limit the intrusion of government into our lives. Remove the mandates and reform tort laws, let competition do the rest!

NO deathcare or any bill the can lead us to deathcare next year is acceptable!

allrsn on August 10, 2009 at 6:18 PM

Un American. They should show that tape of that crazy code pink broad getting in Condi’s face with the bloody hands.

LtE126 on August 10, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Why do people feel they have to yell?

BECAUSE THE IDIOT DEMOCRATS DON’T ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THAT THEY ARE ASKED. THEN THEY ANSWER THE QUESTIONS THEY WANTED TO BE ASKED WHICH HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ANYTHING!!!!!

Ltlgeneral64 on August 10, 2009 at 10:35 PM

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