Sestak: I can’t tell if Pelosi’s a liberal; Update: Video added

posted at 10:55 am on July 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Nancy Pelosi represents one of the most liberal Congressional districts in the country.  She has relentlessly pursued a very liberal agenda of bigger government, higher spending, and greater top-down control of the economy.  Pelosi herself has claimed to be a progressive.  Yet Joe Sestak, who has supported her agenda for four years, seems to have trouble deciding whether Pelosi is a liberal or not:

Joe Sestak continued Monday to distance himself from Nancy Pelosi while at the same time tying his Republican opponent Pat Toomey to George W. Bush.

Sestak, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, was asked whether he believes Speaker of the House Pelosi is a liberal or a pragmatist. Sestak describes himself as the latter.

He said he didn’t know, but also said he never looks at her voting record.

Pat Toomey’s campaign scoffed at this claim:

“He voted for the stimulus and thought it should have been $1 trillion; he voted for the cap-and-trade energy tax and thought it didn’t go far enough; and he voted for government-run health care and thought the government should have had even more control over people’s health care decisions,” said Nachama Soloveichik, Toomey’s spokeswoman. “If that’s not liberal, what is?”

No one can seriously claim to pay attention to Congress and not acknowledge that Nancy Pelosi is a liberal.  If Sestak was honest in saying this, it might be a symptom of some cognitive disorder that perhaps should disqualify Sestak for office.

But of course Sestak wasn’t being honest.  He has voted in lockstep with Pelosi since taking office, and has been a darling of MSNBC hosts because of it.  Because their voting records are so closely aligned, Sestak has no choice but to claim that Pelosi is some sort of political ambiguity, when nothing could be further from the truth.

Voters in Pennsylvania aren’t stupid, nor will they like being treated as if they were.  Claiming not to know whether Pelosi is a liberal while voting for her agenda is as convincing as Arlen Specter pretending to be a loyal Democrat.  Or a loyal Republican, for that matter.

Update: Here’s the video, which is every bit as disingenuous as it sounded in the article:

Also, I edited the last paragraph because Sestak does make one factual point worth repeating. Pelosi doesn’t often vote as Speaker of the House, so it’s not entirely accurate to say that Sestak’s voting record matches Pelosi’s. It is, however, accurate to note that Sestak has voted in lockstep with Pelosi’s agenda.


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said Nachama Soloveichik, Toomey’s spokeswoman. “If that’s not liberal, what is?”

It is not liberalism; it’s statism! I want the word liberal back!

WashJeff on July 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

She has relentlessly pursued a very liberal agenda of bigger government, higher spending, and greater top-down control of the economy. Pelosi herself has claimed to be a progressive. Yet Joe Sestak, who has supported her agenda for four years, seems to have trouble deciding whether Pelosi is a liberal or not:

Why do you ignore her just-as-leftist record in social issues, Ed?

itsnotaboutme on July 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Maybe he meant he doesn’t know if she’s a Liberal or a Communist.

Syd B. on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Proving yet again he’s as dumb as a box of liberals.

Thunderstorm129 on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

*BANGING MY HEAD ON THE KEY BOARD*

WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oh crap,he’s a Liberal Suck-Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

He’s sooooooooooooooooooo Progressive!!

canopfor on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

The dishonest – I think he would fit right in with Pelosi and Reid..

Panentheist on July 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

I wonder if he knows if she’s pretty or ugly or pretty ugly?

Syd B. on July 27, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Next you’re gonna tell me that Obama is a liberal!

jeffn21 on July 27, 2010 at 11:02 AM

I would say he is neither a liberal nor a progressive.

He’s just an idiot.

Scoreboard44 on July 27, 2010 at 11:02 AM

Facts again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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He said he didn’t know, but also said he never looks at her voting record.

canopfor on July 27, 2010 at 11:03 AM

He thinks the Pope might be Catholic, but he’s not sure.

RBMN on July 27, 2010 at 11:03 AM

I’m not sure what Mr. Sestak is getting at here, but if he’s claiming to not know whether or not Ms. Pelosi is a liberal or not, then I don’t know what Congress that he’s been a member of.

ted c on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Not smart enough to accept a bribe federal appointment, and not astute enough to recognize Pelosi as a Liberal. Good luck PA.

bbh on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

“If that’s not liberal, what is?”

It’s full-blown moonbat.

Sestak is just as progressive and kooky as Pelosi. He’s not going to be able to hide it for 3 more months.

forest on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Our grandchildren can tell the difference between a Liberal and a Conservative. What is his problem?

BetseyRoss on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

It is not liberalism; it’s statism! I want the word liberal back!

WashJeff on July 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

AMEN!
We are the ‘real’ liberals.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

He’s got all 3 of the monkeys covered.

Kissmygrits on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

One thing I have always found intriguing, infuriating even, is the liberal’s natural ability to lie with a straight face – completely ignore the obvious while telling you it doesn’t exist. You see the red ball in the room? They’ll tell you it’s blue. And you’ll leave the room screaming at their ability to lie without so much as a twitch. This isn’t your average ability to lie. It’s an ability to suspend reality and create their own. That’s a dangerous talent. That’s why they spend trillions in the face of the impending economic doom of the United States. Reality is suspended in their minds the moment they get the liberal doctrine shot in college grade school elementary kindergarten.

Thunderstorm129 on July 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Voters in Pennsylvania aren’t stupid

Oh no, can’t be saying that. It’s absolutely imperative that we call voters stupid. That’s how our side wins!

Bat Chain Puller on July 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

It’s ashame to go through life dumb and stupid.No wonder the navy got rid of him under strange circumstances.

thmcbb on July 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

There’s Pelosi’s and Sestak’s party and there’s the racist party. What else is there?

Electrongod on July 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

TOOOOOL.

blatantblue on July 27, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Driving into work this morning (Jersey City, NJ), I noticed a political banner flapping in the wind off of the back of a small SUV … It was for Sestak. Fitting, no? ;-)

30 pcs of silver on July 27, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Sestak: I can’t tell if Pelosi’s a liberal I want a job with a liberal lobbying group in Washington after I leave office in December…

jon1979 on July 27, 2010 at 11:08 AM

If Sestak was honest in saying this, it might be a symptom of some cognitive disorder that perhaps should disqualify Sestak for office.

He is a Democrat, after all.

BobMbx on July 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Sestak and Hemmer got it on just a bit ago on Fox. Pretty good “scrum” on Hemmer’s part defending every American, not necessarily the Republican Party, (which Sestak attemped to accuse Hemmer).

Rovin on July 27, 2010 at 11:09 AM

Driving into work this morning (Jersey City, NJ), I noticed a political banner flapping in the wind off of the back of a small SUV … It was for Sestak. Fitting, no? ;-)

30 pcs of silver on July 27, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Ay’yo chief, you sees Snookie anywheeuh around up in uhhh
oh wutevah, you tellah i was lookin fo her

/jersey shore off

blatantblue on July 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Sesatk and Pelosi: Progressives with a regressive agenda. They won’t be happy until they bring us back to the stone ages.

jbh45 on July 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

Surely you can tell me, I’m a doctor.

NickelAndDime on July 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

OT: Ed, why isn’t there a thread on the DISCLOSE Act vote today? This is a serious First Amendment infringement. Snowe and Collins are apparently undecided.

Firefly_76 on July 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Dishonesty.

Ward Cleaver on July 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

OT: Ed, why isn’t there a thread on the DISCLOSE Act vote today? This is a serious First Amendment infringement. Snowe and Collins are apparently undecided.

Firefly_76 on July 27, 2010 at 11:14 AM

Snowe and Collins are dingbats.

Ward Cleaver on July 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Didn’t people living in Salem, Massachusetts several hundred years ago have a way to test if someone was a liberal???

diditagain on July 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Does a one-legged duck swim in a circle?

noworldcitizen on July 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Arlen 2.0

Remember, Specter had trouble remembering which party he belonged to.

fogw on July 27, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Sestak: I can’t tell if Pelosi’s a liberal

But WE can. Vote with Pelosi, and we’ll vote for the other guy.

Steve Z on July 27, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Proving yet again he’s as dumb as a box of liberals.

Thunderstorm129 on July 27, 2010 at 11:00 AM

He never does come off as intelligent, but his heart bleeds for you. You just can’t find a democrat anymore, a socialist,a marxist or a communist but not a democrat and I really think it’s because they are stupid,elitists but stupid.

tim c on July 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM

truly the silly seaason, when the Dems dust off their “Moderate” apparrel and try to blend in with normal human beings.

Sestak just isn’t as good at it as the other (D)s.

That reminds me, I need to send Toomey some more money!

Justrand on July 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM

No one can seriously claim to pay attention to Congress and not acknowledge that Nancy Pelosi is a liberal. If Sestak was honest in saying this, it might be a symptom of some cognitive disorder that perhaps should disqualify Sestak for office.

There is nothing liberal about the fascist left.

“How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!”
–Samuel Adams

Rae on July 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM

Does a one-legged duck swim in a circle?

noworldcitizen on July 27, 2010 at 11:15 AM

+1000.

Ironically enough, a duck with only a left leg would circle to the right.

If it quacks like a one-legged duck…

Steve Z on July 27, 2010 at 11:20 AM

Sestak also can’t tell if Froot Loops is a cereal.

LibTired on July 27, 2010 at 11:21 AM

I have to dry my tears…from laughter!!!!

What a bozo.

ladyingray on July 27, 2010 at 11:24 AM

Campaign commercial gold.

CDeb on July 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM

It’s ashame to go through life dumb and stupid.No wonder the navy got rid of him under strange circumstances.

thmcbb on July 27, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Nothing strange about it; it was the FIRST THING the new CNO did when he (ADM Mullen) took over… Sestak was relieved for having a “poor command climate” (translation: screamer who really overworked and abused his staff and civilian workers). Lots on the internet, just search…

Khun Joe on July 27, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Ay’yo chief, you sees Snookie anywheeuh around up in uhhh
oh wutevah, you tellah i was lookin fo her

/jersey shore off

blatantblue on July 27, 2010 at 11:10 AM

Hollah!

Seriously though, I just live here. I’m from Philly … oh, nevermind… .

30 pcs of silver on July 27, 2010 at 11:27 AM

You just can’t fake that kind of stupidity.

milwife88 on July 27, 2010 at 11:28 AM

How condescending to think Pennsylvanians are that dumb. geez

becki51758 on July 27, 2010 at 11:29 AM

He can’t tell the difference between the sink or the toilet either. Never send him to get you a drink of water, or to represent you.

No wonder these people avoid the private sector and the military.

Hening on July 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Sestak better reserve that Ryder truck. He’ll need it after the election.

GarandFan on July 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

Sestak, speaking at the Pennsylvania Press Club, was asked whether he believes Speaker of the House Pelosi is a liberal or a pragmatist. Sestak describes himself as the latter.

‘You know the difference between a Dem who says he’s a Liberal and a Democrat who says he’s a pragmatist? The Dem pragmatist doesn’t have enough Liberal votes yet.’

David Obey

+1000
Right on, brother!
— Bart Stupak

Dusty on July 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM

In his defense, Nasty Pelouse-i is not a liberal, by the original meaning of the word. She’s a raving moonbat that would horrify the original ‘liberals’ with her support of statism.

Dark-Star on July 27, 2010 at 11:34 AM

He said he didn’t know, but also said he never looks at her voting record.

YOU LIE!

BacaDog on July 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Every time I hear his name the theme to Land of the Lost starts running though my head. “Marcia, Will and Holly….”

29Victor on July 27, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Ask Bill Clinto next time he calls to chat…

mjbrooks3 on July 27, 2010 at 11:45 AM

That’s odd when I hear his name the theme of Twilight Zone comes to mind…

Jdripper on July 27, 2010 at 11:46 AM

Oh, I like that term “pragmatist”. Nancy is definitely one of those. She knows exactly how much arm twisting and bribing she needs to do to get the vote. Of course, she has to liberally do all that twisting and bribing, so that term works, too. So does harridan, liar, thief, etc.

texabama on July 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

pragmatist? Are you a “pragmatist,” Joe? Sorry, that’s not one of the options.

I’ll give you a clue, you loser: when someone says that they’ll polevault the fence, parachute OVER the fence, drive a tank through the fence, or do whatever it takes to fulfill their objective, that is NOT a pragmatist.

A pragmatist is willing to sell out and accept defeat, as long as he gets to keep his job.

That’s what a pragmatist is, Joe.

disa on July 27, 2010 at 11:48 AM

I wonder where he is looking?

tarpon on July 27, 2010 at 11:50 AM

1st rule of the socialist club; never talk about the socialist club.

Mojave Mark on July 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Actually it’s a moot point, since the both of them will be without a job very soon… Inshallah

Kuffar on July 27, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Disingenuousness, thy name is Sestak.

JohnGalt23 on July 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

1st rule of the socialist club; never talk about the socialist club.

Mojave Mark on July 27, 2010 at 11:52 AM

And the final rule: If this is your first night at Socialist Club… you have to loot!

JohnGalt23 on July 27, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I don’t believe the Admiral is stupid, so that leaves lying. Perhaps he should review the Naval Academy Honor Code.

scullymj on July 27, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Maybe he can’t tell if she’s still a liberal, or has at this point lapsed into outright clinical psychosis.

Blacklake on July 27, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Sestak was on with Bill Hemmer on FNC this morning. He got a little feisty with Bill so at the end of the interview, Bill have him 30 seconds to explain how Wikileaks would hurt the US effort in Afg.

Talk about deer in the headlights. Either being ‘put on the clock’ for 30 seconds or the question itself threw him, but either way, Sestak bumbled his way through an poor response.

Toomey..remember that for the debates!

DrW on July 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM

Voters in Pennsylvania aren’t stupid, nor will they like being treated as if they were.

If they didn’t, why is he in Congress to begin with? You can’t separate the representatives from the people who elect, and re-elect them.

MNHawk on July 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Disingenuousness, thy name is Sestak.

JohnGalt23 on July 27, 2010 at 11:55 AM

+1

cmsinaz on July 27, 2010 at 12:08 PM

Is it that time already in the election year when liberal Dem candidates pretend to be other than what they really are? So predictable since they have to do this to fool the voters so they can be elected.

docdave on July 27, 2010 at 12:15 PM

All politicians turn right whenever election day draws near.

How long will this keep working?

logis on July 27, 2010 at 12:16 PM

I really really hate to quote her … but …

As Rosie O’Donnell would say: DEE-LOOOS-YAN-AL !

Freddy on July 27, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I am surprised this guy didn’t sell a sub to Yakcanistan.

borntoraisehogs on July 27, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I wonder if he has the same difficulty in identifying a crocodile.

LarryG on July 27, 2010 at 12:41 PM

He said he didn’t know, but also said he never looks at her voting record.

What?!? Quick, honey, get the duct tape; I think my head is going to explode!

College Prof on July 27, 2010 at 12:51 PM

Voters in Pennsylvania aren’t stupid,

May I assume then that Sestak is a new candidate? If not, then that would assume that perhaps he does have cognitive problems. Or the voters who voted for him all these years are stupid. Or ignorant. Or he is trying extra hard to engage in wool pulling.
The intelligence of the voters will be displayed in November.

Amendment X on July 27, 2010 at 1:08 PM

I can’t name a single person in office who is more liberal than Nancy Pelosi, and thank God for the Republican votes which have kept her from being even more so.

scalleywag on July 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Easy answer:
She’s a Neo-Progressive marxist

Colbyjack on July 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

I can’t name a single person in office who is more liberal than Nancy Pelosi

scalleywag on July 27, 2010 at 1:10 PM

Barry Soetero?

disa on July 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Eddie Haskell Goes to Washington

Jaynie59 on July 27, 2010 at 1:26 PM

Barry Soetero?

disa on July 27, 2010 at 1:24 PM

Zing! You got me there! :)

scalleywag on July 27, 2010 at 1:28 PM

Voters all over the country are that stupid . Who was elected overwhelmingly by voters across the country in 2008?

burt on July 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

This is hilarious. What a pathetic, pandering douche this guy is. He and Sheila Jackson-Lee bracket Peloser in the who’s the goofiest liberal in congress contest.

Jaibones on July 27, 2010 at 1:40 PM

Is there a gene or chromosome that makes it impossible for a politician to just tell the truth? Even on the inconsequential stuff, you can’t get a straight answer. “Congressman, is true that the sky is blue?”. “Well it depends on what you think blue is and what shade particularly so I’ll form a panel to investigate and we’ll get back to you later.” Geez.

Big John on July 27, 2010 at 1:59 PM

It is not liberalism; it’s statism! I want the word liberal back!

WashJeff on July 27, 2010 at 10:59 AM

AMEN!
We are the ‘real’ liberals.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 27, 2010 at 11:04 AM

Second that AMEN!

She’s a Neo-Progressive marxist

Colbyjack on July 27, 2010 at 1:12 PM

Here’s another one that really bugs me. What’s so ‘progressive’ about an encased-in-amber political ideology which requires its fossilized adherents to cling to nearly every failed program & discredited policy of the previous century?

leilani on July 27, 2010 at 2:05 PM

Also, I edited the last paragraph because Sestak does make one factual point worth repeating. Pelosi doesn’t often vote as Speaker of the House, so it’s not entirely accurate to say that Sestak’s voting record matches Pelosi’s. It is, however, accurate to note that Sestak has voted in lockstep with Pelosi’s agenda.

Pelosi, as Speaker, sets the tone, and the agenda. She says what gets to the floor, and what doesn’t. Sestak is a liar, like the rest of them, and an Spector for lying about what he, Pelosi and the rest of the dems are. Liberals!!!

capejasmine on July 27, 2010 at 2:23 PM

Removing your head from “the speaker’s” ass might qualify you to comment.

rook105 on July 27, 2010 at 2:29 PM

“Talking Points”
================================

Hung himself at the :29 second as it hits
the :30-second mark,of not listening to
Nancys–lock’n de step’n zee,his own,talk’
points,er,—————-policies!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 27, 2010 at 2:43 PM

“I don’t know anything, so stop asking me questions.”

Akzed on July 27, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Pelosi is what an unapologetic idealogue looks like.

Do you think SHE could win a national election?

Meredith on July 27, 2010 at 3:09 PM

is as convincing as Arlen Specter pretending to be a loyal Democrat. Or a loyal Republican, for that matter.

I think the operative word here is “loyal”. Could we have our expectations set too high?

BobMbx on July 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM

The only way any Democrat can get elected in Pennsylvania is by pretending to be a “moderate.” The state just isn’t liberal. But Sestak can’t hide from his far-left voting record and Toomey is already hammering it with some good TV ads. I expect him to keep trying, but he won the Democratic primary by running to the LEFT of Arlen Specter and he doesn’t have enough time or money to try to reposition himself now. Unless Toomey pulls a Larry Craig he is going to beat Sestak like a rented mule.

rockmom on July 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Ed obviuosly isn’t from PA.I am and must disagree with one thing Ed wrote i.e.Pennsylvania Voters Are that Stupid.How do you think the D*****bag got elected in the first place?

DDT on July 27, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Do we have anyone on board who graduated from one of the service academies, without a football scholarship?

I would love to hear an insider’s explanation for why there are so many pathetic, whiny, effeminate, lying, liberal ass-wipes who came out of Annapolis and Colorado Springs. And by “so many”, I mean Sestak and Graham.

Jaibones on July 27, 2010 at 11:16 PM