Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?

posted at 8:01 am on June 9, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Politico went out of their way this week to run one of those touchy-feely, tug at your heartstrings stories which is sure to have us all feeling better about the future, singing Bob Dylan tunes and doing trust falls outside of the congressional cloakrooms. It was the 25th anniversary of Nancy Pelosi serving in Congress, and Steny Hoyer joined in with Speaker John Boehner to mark the moment.

After a generation in the rough-and-tumble world of Capitol Hill, few things in politics surprise House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi these days.

But she was caught off guard Thursday when the House temporarily stopped its work so House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could pay tributes to her on the House floor marking her 25th anniversary in Congress.

It was a rare, warm-and-fuzzy moment in the normally partisan chamber as Boehner and Pelosi shared a hug and Hoyer recalled the first time he met Pelosi (in 1962, in the office of former Sen. Daniel Brewster, D-Md.).

Awww… that’s just touching, isn’t it? Politico goes on to talk warmly about the many compliments being showered upon everyone involved and the general sense of “What a Wonderful Life” which imbued the hallowed chamber. And John Boehner actually was very flattering (in a professional way) and cordial to his rival. But I was watching the video this morning and caught the end of former Speaker Pelosi’s remarks. The video follows, along with a partial transcript. You can fast forward to the 13:15 mark to hear them, unless you’d prefer to sit through Steny comparing Pelosi to Thomas Jefferson.

So I thank you Mr. Speaker for your kind words. While, as you said, we did not always agree on taxes, we did at one time when President Bush was President. And we worked together at that time when we worked on his stimulus package which was tax oriented, you’ll remember that, and it was good for the country, and it was a good model for us to go forward.

Really? Everyone in the chamber is in the middle of singing your praises, including the leader of the other party, and you have to take a moment out to get in a shot about how “wrong” he is about not wanting to jack up everyone’s taxes? For an occasion such as this you might think that simply thanking your family and all of your constituents for their many years of support would suffice. Or, if you wanted to get in a good natured shot at the opposition, something along the lines of, “Watch out because I’ll be looking to take that gavel back this November” would do. Everyone would have laughed and nobody would have criticized you for it. (In fact, she did include a comment about it “not being fun” to give the gavel back to Boehner after that, but she could easily have left it there.)

She also apparently didn’t think the list of credits tacked on to her name were sufficient, since after she had been referred to as the “first woman Speaker of the House” she jumped in to add, “First Italian-American Speaker of the House, first Maryland Speaker of the House, first California Speaker of the House… many firsts.”

OK. We get the point. You’re a legend.

My dad used to be fond of using a phrase from his days in the Army which referenced people who were so messed up that they could, “*** up a soup sandwich.” I still don’t really know what that means, but today I think it really applies to Pelosi.

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A bunch of narcissists congratulating each other on their life-long careers in politics. Poster children for term limits. Get back to work!

stout77 on June 9, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Not surprising that the integrity challenged uppereastside hasn’t been back to defend his ideology…

tom daschle concerned on June 9, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Someone owes jerks an apology.
OT – Why does anyone besides l4l respond to uppereastside?

S. D. on June 9, 2012 at 7:11 PM

It was a stupid idea to fete Pelozilla like that. Of course she’s going to be ungracious, of course she’s going to be a classless jerk. She’s a Democrat.

If the Repubs expect to gain back the respect they flushed down the toilet in the latter half of the last decade, they need to realize that the Democrats are the enemy. Any “reaching across the aisle” is a profligate waste of time and effort.

MisterElephant on June 9, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Those 5 are good enough for me.

Uppereastside on June 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

And, you know the poor sod actually believes all that tripe…..because his masters told him so.

Liberalism really is a mental disease.

Solaratov on June 9, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?

Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Yeah.

St Gaudens on June 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

It’s not that she is stupid, she just has bad luck with the thought process.

deimos on June 9, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?

No. Sometimes she is an idiot. Other times she is bat-shit crazy. Still other times she is just loony-tunes. But “Jerk” is her default setting.

MikeA on June 9, 2012 at 7:56 PM

I always though it was something about “messin’ up a picnic”

J_Crater on June 9, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I don’t even have to read the article to answer: Yes.

And, yes, San Fran Nan has definitely helped to f’ up a soup sandwich.

GWB on June 9, 2012 at 9:20 PM

If yo handed Pelosi the cure for cancer, and told her she could claim full credit…

She’d whine it wasn’t on card stock and double spaced.

She’s a being fundamentally incapable of being kind and gracious. Her default setting is to be the anti-decent human being. She can’t even be kind and caring to her colleagues and underlings, she doesn’t bother paying the women she hires equally, uses people fror her causes like Cindy Sheehan, then disposes of them. A woman worth tens of millions with her 1% husband, “needed” an Air Force jet, not just any of their fleet, but the top of the line model fully stocked with thousands of dollars worth of the highest priced alcohol, because she and her friends only drink the very best. She milked the taxpayer like a prized cash cow.. a woman worth millions,.. and she couldn’t even buy he own friggin drinks.

But because she mutters middle class champion like a holy mantra.. lie and all..

Screaming dolts like Uppereastside, swallow whatever she says because she has a D after her name, and Uppereastside is a sheep.

Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?

oh no.. she’s worse than that…

mark81150 on June 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

“Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?”

Is the Pope Catholic? Oh, wait, wrong question. Nancy probably thinks the answer is “no”.

JimC on June 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM

and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could pay tributes to her on the House floor

really? seriously? how utterly hideous. and 25 years? poster child for term limits. what a pathetic, sad, and offensive bunch of BS. Is Boehner really that much of douchebag? apparently….

maineconservative on June 9, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Hasn’t anyone seen the manufacturer label sewn to Nanzi’s collar?

The one that says 100% Jerk…. right above where it says Made in Styx….

viking01 on June 10, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Not when she’s sleeping . . .

BigAlSouth on June 10, 2012 at 5:52 AM

Yes. She is so in love with herself there isn’t enough for others to share.

The only positive note about this stunt is that Republican’s appear to be sympathetic vice being a bunch of capitalists bent on trying to buy an election.

But, as real people who are always ready to discuss recovery.

MSGTAS on June 10, 2012 at 9:06 AM

Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?

The underlying premise is that it was previously assumed that nancy isn’t always a jerk. That is the typical squishy mindset that the left is just like us or as ed once said,”They are just good Americans who have a different point of view.” Anyone(I originally typed, Any idiot, but I changed it because squishy’s, like liberals,are easily offended.)who still has rattling around in their unhinged minds the thought,”It can’t happen here.” better wake up soon and realize that people like pelosi, schumer, axelrod, maddow, matthews, etc. would be all in on an American Gulag for the greater good. That is, if you don’t want to be some of the first on the buses to the reeducation camps because you will be the easiest to board.

mussolini was the life of the party and hitler loved animals.

peacenprosperity on June 10, 2012 at 10:08 AM

The answer is YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES, YESSSSS!!!!!!!

This rhymes with witch and starst with B has a world that is exactly as bis as she is. She was brought up in a machine Dem family, which means that her political interests are of greater import than her “devout” Catholic faith. As a “fallen” Catholic, I am a better Catholic than this POS.

Longhorn Six on June 10, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Nancy Pelosi reinforces that liberalism is a progressive mental disorder every time she opens her mouth. When someone this totally incompetent is the leader of a national party in the House of Representives, you know that politics have hit rock bottom. When is enough really enough?

volsense on June 10, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Well, yes, she DOES.

Gordy on June 10, 2012 at 11:58 AM

She is what she is.

RoyalFlush on June 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM

“Does Nancy Pelosi always have to be a jerk?” The answer is, you keep forgetting that Liberalism is a mental disease. Nancy is the epitome of Liberalism.

savage24 on June 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

She has to match the look on her face in every photo…

stacman on June 10, 2012 at 1:27 PM

OK. We get the point. You’re a legend.


pilamaye on June 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Eventually she’ll go down like Helen Thomas. She’ll be so enamored of her own legend that she’ll say what she really, REALLY thinks…and America will say “enough”. Those who haven’t already, that is.

Grace_is_sufficient on June 10, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Volume cuts out after 2:40 —nothing.. hello?

auspatriotman on June 11, 2012 at 1:08 AM

Those 5 are good enough for me.

Uppereastside on June 9, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Your five points indicates two things: you are dangerously ignorant and fully delusional.

zoyclem on June 11, 2012 at 7:49 AM

Hey Boehner. Let this be a lesson. Even when you are sweet to them, Dems always consider you their enemy. Start treating them as the scum they are.

Schwalbe Me-262 on June 11, 2012 at 9:41 AM