Pelosi: ObamaCare incompetence “not my responsibility”

posted at 10:01 am on January 31, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

This appearance by Nancy Pelosi on The Daily Show starts to run off the rails almost immediately. Jon Stewart starts off by asking Pelosi about why people talk about politics rather than policy, to which Pelosi answers by … complaining about Republicans. Stewart doesn’t take the bait, though, and starts pressing Pelosi for answers as to why big-government politicians can’t produce competent government — and gets stunned by her admission that she can’t explain why ObamaCare failed:

Stewart said that Democrats are then required to make a stronger case. He said that Democratic governance now appears “chaotic” and their execution of legislation appears to “lack efficiency.” When Pelosi again blamed Republicans for this condition, Stewart became even more agitated.

When he asked why it was so difficult to get a company to execute the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange website “competently,” Pelosi replied, “I don’t know.”

“What do you mean you don’t know? How do you not know?” Stewart asked laughing.

To which Nancy Pelosi responded: “It’s not my responsibility.” Hmmm. Who ran the House when the ObamaCare bill passed, with only votes from her party? Who claimed at the time that we couldn’t know how awesome this bill would be until it passed, because you couldn’t expect politicians to actually read a 2800-page bill before they voted on it? Given that this passed entirely on votes from her own party, and with some procedural chicanery thrown in for good measure, does she feel no responsibility at all for the results of this legislation she herself championed?

That’s a pretty good answer to Stewart’s broader point. He cites the ongoing problems at the VA as evidence that there is “clearly something systemic” in government incompetence:

“Do we have a foundational problem? Is there a corruption in the system that needs to be addressed?” Stewart asked. Pelosi went on to detail the issues with bureaucracy and the failure of departments to communicate with each other. “Okay, do something about it,” Pelosi said.

“I was actually going to say that to you,” Stewart interjected.

The systemic problem is the fact that big-government regimes like ObamaCare won’t work because central planning of large economies never work, for reasons laid out by economist F. A. Hayek decades ago in The Road to Serfdom. History has only proven Hayek correct over and over again, while utopians keep insisting that the problem is just the people involved in its implementation. And Hayek predicts why incompetents and bullies end up at the top of those systems, too. Maybe Stewart should read it. It’s far too late for Pelosi.

Update: Here’s a rebuttal from someone who doesn’t grasp the difference between ObamaCare and, say, SNAP or Social Security:

From Road to Serfdom, pages 148-149:

There is no reason why in a society which has reached the general level of wealth which ours has attained the first kind of security should not be guaranteed to all without endangering general freedom. …. [T]here can be no doubt that some minimum of food, shelter, and clothing, sufficient to preserve health and the capacity to work, can be assured to everybody. … Nor is there any reason why the state should not assist the individual in providing for those common hazards of life against which, because of their uncertainty, few individuals can make adequate provision. 

    ”Where, as in the case of sickness and accident, neither the desire to avoid such calamities nor the efforts to overcome their consequences are as a rule weakened by the provision of assistance – where, in short, we deal with genuinely insurable risks – the case for the state’s helping to organize a comprehensive system of social insurance is very strong. There are many points of detail where those wishing to preserve the competitive system and those wishing to super-cede it by something different will disagree on the details of such schemes; and it is possible under the name of social insurance to introduce measures which tend to make competition more or less ineffective. But there is no incompatibility in principle between the state’s providing greater security in this way and the preservation of individual freedom. 

The product of approximately 30 seconds of Google searching. You should issue a correction for misrepresenting Hayek’s work. But you won’t. You won’t respond to my email to explain why you won’t issue a correction either. You aren’t interested in being right, only in winning. But feel free to prove me wrong on any of these counts.

Of course I’m aware of this passage. I don’t disagree with it, either; I’m not a Randian. But the key difference is that social-insurance programs like SNAP don’t impose top-down control over the economy or a significant part of it. ObamaCare explicitly does do that by issuing mandates for coverage, mandates on employers, and mandates on people to buy it. Central control over this economy is its main purpose. SNAP, Medicaid, and even Medicare (in principle) don’t force everyone under the rubric of that control, either; there is no “grocery insurance” mandate, as an example. They are voluntary programs which allow for people to choose entry or refuse it for the regular marketplace. ObamaCare controls exert force universally in the health-care market, thanks to its mandates.

Just as Hayek argued, when government takes top-down control of economies, they remove choice, innovation, and get things incredibly wrong — because central controllers cannot possibly know the proper choices in the millions and billions of transactions in those economies.  Innovation dies quickly, especially when people try to work around it to actually have their needs met, and it gets more dysfunctional rather than less. Furthermore, the dysfunction and failures in the system will always get blamed on lack of cooperation, resulting in escalating punishments and intrusion – and more arbitrariness in following the law, which we’re already seeing. The people getting rewarded in those systems end up being the people more willing to abuse power in order to achieve the political ends of the top-down central controllers — and become less and less accountable as that process moves forward.

This is what happens when one Googles for excerpts rather than reading and comprehending the entire work. It reminds me of people who Google Bible verses to use in arguments with no comprehension of their meaning.


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She’s such an idiot.

BallisticBob on January 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Tuna!!!

Bmore on January 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM

It’s a long way down, Nancy.

22044 on January 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM

I guess we found Joliet Jake Blues’ mother.

“Look, it wasn’t my fault, I swear to God!”

Steve Eggleston on January 31, 2014 at 10:06 AM

GOP straw men
That’s all they’ve got

Pitiful

Next they’ll say the gop passed this law…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

This is the same dumb-ass that told us to wait until it was passed to find out what was in it. Her behavior goes well beyond incompetence.

rplat on January 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM

GOP straw men
That’s all they’ve got

Pitiful

Next they’ll say the gop passed this law…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

In their twisted little minds they will make that claim, using a non sequitur like “this wasn’t the law we really wanted!”

22044 on January 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM

So when does Pelosi finally step down and give someone else a chance to screw up the country?

TarheelBen on January 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Nan is dumb as a box of rocks, insane, or probably both.

I heard on the radio this morning that she might retire. I would rejoice except that, considering she represents Frisco, her replacement will probably be as kooky as she is.

NavyMustang on January 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Is this the slut shaming article or am I confused?

Mason on January 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

The demorats were forced to pass this law by their overwhelming majority because the minority GOP tricked them into it.

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Nancy, how do you keep in touch with what’s happening in the world? Which newspapers do you read?

cbenoistd on January 31, 2014 at 10:13 AM

That’s a pretty good answer to Stewart’s broader point. He cites the ongoing problems at the VA as evidence that there is “clearly something systemic” in government incompetence

Which will always be the case. There is no incentive for government to funtion any better because there is truly no accountability. Hardly anyone ever gets fired (Congressional representatives especially) and the government doesn’t have to worry about a bottom line to stay in business.

So, Stewert, you might want to rethink your love of liberalism because what you’re seeing is as good as it gets.

Bitter Clinger on January 31, 2014 at 10:13 AM

ED – whatthehell are you talking about?

Road to Serfdom?

In an interview between Stewart and Pelosi?

The joke is on Stewart.

His instincts tell her to retire, but he’s such a partisan ass-hat, he can’t do it because it may upset people in “the cause”.

budfox on January 31, 2014 at 10:14 AM

Newspeak. Stewart didn’t get his job done. Why? Making Tuna look stupid just isn’t that heavy a lift Jon. Keep laughing though.

Bmore on January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

I guess she wasn’t expecting someone her on her team to actually throw her softball pitches…I guess she was wrong. How can any rational person not see her stupidity?

Doomsday on January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

In their twisted little minds they will make that claim, using a non sequitur like “this wasn’t the law we really wanted!”

22044 on January 31, 2014 at 10:09 AM

They’ve already floated that one. They blame Scott Brown’s election on having to rush the legislation through.

Jeff Weimer on January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

“Okay, do something about it,” Pelosi said.

Typical prog. Demand that we entrust our futures to the government to manage, and then when they mismanaged the power THEY INSISTED ON HAVING, it’s our fault because we’re the ones who need to “do something about it”.

The Schaef on January 31, 2014 at 10:16 AM

Senility or stupidity – you be the judge.

crrr6 on January 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Next they’ll say the gop passed this law…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

It’s what they did with Civil Rights.

John the Libertarian on January 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM

They’ve already floated that one. They blame Scott Brown’s election on having to rush the legislation through.

Jeff Weimer on January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

In my assessment, that is a problem they created for themselves, by “filling the tree” on their own bill and ramming it through with no Republican support. If they’d worked on a real two-party solution, they wouldn’t have feared a bill kicked back from the House, or managed in conference. For that matter, they wouldn’t have had to lie about the Stupak amendment to get the pro-life House Dems to cover the tattered remains of their conscience.

The Schaef on January 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Is this the slut shaming article or am I confused?

Mason on January 31, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Thread Winner!

DublOh7 on January 31, 2014 at 10:19 AM

There is nothing that could happen to her that would be too horrible. I wish her nothing but misery and misfortune.

Flange on January 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Is John Stewart finally waking up? Big government is the problem.

rbj on January 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM

does she feel no responsibility at all for the results of this legislation she herself championed?

The simple fact that she is a liberal democrat is answer to that question. To be liberal means to never be sorry and to never take responsibility. Heck, I’m surprise she didn’t try to blame it on racism or Bush.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 31, 2014 at 10:22 AM

Pelosi: “There’s no excuse. But it’s all the GOP’s fault.”

“Okay, do something about it,” Pelosi said.

“I was actually going to say that to you,” Stewart interjected.

At 7:05, Pelosi’s shrug and smile of stupidity is stunning. I thought I was watching a five-year-old girl.

BuckeyeSam on January 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

This degree of ignorance and arrogance is absolutely stunning and appalling.

My God.

Key West Reader on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

So, Stewert, you might want to rethink your love of liberalism because what you’re seeing is as good as it gets.

Bitter Clinger on January 31, 2014 at 10:13 AM

Rush kind of hit on this point the other day talking about Ron Fournier. They never lose confidence in their ideas – they always blame it on mismanagement, hiring the wrong guy, etc. They think that if they put the right liberal mastermind in charge to manipulate the controls of the economy, everything will fall into place.

What can you say other than that our political opposition is terminally stupid?

crrr6 on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

And this is the party Stewart embraces wholeheartedly.

ojfltx on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

It’s above her paygrade… to actually deliver things.

We have to pass it to find out what’s in it, but don’t blame her for what’s in it, despite that she did everything to pass it.

Axeman on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

How can any rational person not see her stupidity?

Doomsday on January 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Rational people do. It’s the irrational liberals and leftest that either don’t see or consider it a plus.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 31, 2014 at 10:25 AM

How do the Smartest People In The Room always manage to get fooled by the dolts on the right.

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I’m only about 60 seconds into the video and I’m on the cusp of turning it off, for no other reason than it bugs me every time her body language causes her bracelet to clack on the table repeatedly. Poor accessory choice.

The Schaef on January 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

At 7:05, Pelosi’s shrug and smile of stupidity is stunning. I thought I was watching a five-year-old girl.

BuckeyeSam on January 31, 2014 at 10:23 AM

Most liberals have the intellectual capacity of a 5 year old so that is not surprising.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

The demorats were forced to pass this law by their overwhelming majority because the minority GOP tricked them into it.

Bishop on January 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

And from what I gathered, the GOP somehow rigged the procurement process so that Obama couldn’t get the guy he really wanted to implement the website and, instead, got the gal that Michelle Obama really wanted.

BuckeyeSam on January 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Gawd…. what’s wrong with republicans that they can’t refute dumb scrunts like Nancy…a 2nd grader could craft a campaign to defeat this clusterf*ck and those like her. There can only be 2 explanations.

1. They like the way things are and where there going.

or

2. There dumber than Nancy

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Holy Shite… that is one stupid women!!!

Walter L. Newton on January 31, 2014 at 10:28 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.

libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Chris of Rights on January 31, 2014 at 10:31 AM

He kept asking a Democrat the same question over and over until he got an actual answer. It would be nice if “real journalists” did that on occasion.

forest on January 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM

How does one learn to lie at the drop of a hat like that? She’s not dumb or stupid. She’s evil. The end justifies the means.

Fallon on January 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Lies, lies and more lies…

And Stewart wimped out on the interview…

albill on January 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM

And this is the party Stewart embraces wholeheartedly.

ojfltx on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Yup, he’s part of the liberal media-progressive politician combine. He owns this as much as Nan.

Fallon on January 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Nancy Pelosi:

Golf. Foxtrot. Yankee.

Nutstuyu on January 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The thing about Stewart, which actually makes him funny, and able to converse with conservatives and liberals, is that he’s actually (and somewhat surprisingly) pretty damn smart.

He’s also apparently very well read. But, he’s only well read on one political point of view. If he were to take the time to read Hayek, or to spend some real time with other broadly knowledgeable conservatives, not just 20 minutes on shows, he might even change his mind about things.

If.

And if he approached such discourse with an open mind, which is probably the bigger problem.

Chris of Rights on January 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM

There are objective methods to fixing what is wrong with Pelosi, among others in our government, but these methods will never be instigated because Pelosi, among others, prevent objective methods.

Term limits for Congress would solve so many of these problems, such as is Pelosi to the nation.

So would competency testing in Pelosi’s case.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Recall her walking down the middle of the street surrounded by her fellow commies with a giant prop mallet symbolic of a great big middle finger to America.

Buttercup on January 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

“Call us responsible.”

Nancy, we could call you a tea-kettle. It wouldn’t make you one.

She’s a walking refutation of the basic ideals of democracy. God help us all.

morganfrost on January 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

And why does anyone pay this woman, Pelosi, any attention?

Why’s she on Stewart’s/Liebowitz’s show? Why’s the audience applauding her?

There’s blame all around for the ongoing doom this woman delivers.

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

“we must pass this bill to see what’s in it…”

ObamaCare incompetence “not my responsibility”

Nancy is probably correct…somewhat…

What she passed..

Justice Robert changed..

Then Obama changed it again…

But…

Nancy did pass it originally…

Electrongod on January 31, 2014 at 10:39 AM

And this is the party Stewart embraces wholeheartedly.

ojfltx on January 31, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Yes, and he and the likes of Pelosi are the ones influencing many of our nation’s youth. Unfortunately.

Notice Stewart/Liebowitz announced it was Pelosi’s RETURN visit to the show…

Lourdes on January 31, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Nancy Spicoli: “I don’t know.”

Christien on January 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Taranto’s column yesterday illustrates a coming syndrome:

But the premise itself is shocking. “This critical program” is a commercial enterprise, essentially an insurance brokerage, that happens to be run by the state. Imagine if a private company defied disclosure laws and withheld embarrassing information, offering as its rationale that it would disserve the “public interest” to discourage consumers from buying its valuable product.

How an agenda, itself can become a compelling state interest to overrule the interests of the public, just by naming it a compelling state interest and investing faith that it is.

Axeman on January 31, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Stewart should have held up a mirror to Pelosi and told her “Here’s the reason the Democrats won’t retake the House!”

GarandFan on January 31, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Most liberals have the intellectual capacity of a 5 year old so that is not surprising.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 31, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Hey, you apologize to 5-year-olds for that insult!!

Bitter Clinger on January 31, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Stewart actually does a decent job. He doesn’t exactly throw hardballs at the libs, but he does a better job at it than the guy with a show named Hardball does.

But, he shows his leanings by missing the obvious follow up to all of his questions.

When she admits “things are bad, but they’re getting better”, his response should be:

“But a lot of the things that we’re seeing that are bad, are the things that the opposition claimed were going to happen continuously over the last 4 years. In fact, they say that this is exactly why they opposed it. You and the rest of the Dems ridiculed their criticisms at the time, and even said they were racist in nature. How do you respond now, to the opposition, when they appear to have been proven correct?”

Chris of Rights on January 31, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Lesson of the day; it’s really hard to defend big government.

Tater Salad on January 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

We get the politicians we vote for…

PatriotRider on January 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Scumbag.

Marxism is for dummies on January 31, 2014 at 10:50 AM

A shame she won’t retire like Waxman. Then Lena Dunham could run for her seat.

Brat on January 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

The systemic problem is the fact that big-government regimes like ObamaCare won’t work because central planning of large economies never work, for reasons laid out by economist F. A. Hayek decades ago in The Road to Serfdom. History has only proven Hayek correct over and over again, while utopians keep insisting that the problem is just the people involved in its implementation. And Hayek predicts why incompetents and bullies end up at the top of those systems, too. Maybe Stewart should read it. It’s far too late for Pelosi.

Reading things like this might make Stewart a conservative.

I’m joking, of course. There’s no way Stewart’s going to find himself agreeing with a conservative. Just watch how perfectly willing he is to accept every criticism from Pelosi of Republicans without a hint of suggestion that maybe there’s some fault on the Dem side.

It’s far too late for Stewart also.

BTW, I loved how Nancy Pelosi repeats over and over again, “There is no excuse” … for exactly the things that she says “are not my responsibility.”

Pelosi and people like here are the problem. She is a veritable incompetence sampler.

There Goes the Neighborhood on January 31, 2014 at 10:53 AM

It’s far too late for Pelosi.

I’m convinced that many long-term Progressive politicians know that their policies don’t actually work over time. The aspect that many people overlook is that Progressive/Big Government policies fleece taxpayers (especially middle-income families) and enrich Progressive donors, lobbyists, and crony capitalists.

There’s a reason why Washington D.C. is now the wealthiest place in the entire country: it’s a direct result of the Progressive ideology. Lower and middle-income families get the shaft, as usual.

The Progressive base of the Dem party are useful idiots, at best.

visions on January 31, 2014 at 10:57 AM

How does one learn to lie at the drop of a hat like that? She’s not dumb or stupid. She’s evil. The end justifies the means.

Fallon on January 31, 2014 at 10:32 AM

Dunno what Bela Pelosi majored in “at university”, but her disciple Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s major in college was…

“campaigning”.

Yes, one can be taught in college how to Lie with a straight face. What a country!

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

LOL – the old bat probably thought being on Stewart’s show would be a love-fest. The possibility of getting pushback from him probably never entered her little mind.

KS Rex on January 31, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Embrace the suck nancy…..

crosshugger on January 31, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Her body language is fascinating and very telling. Would be that real media folks asked her real questions on the real news.

exliberal on January 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Remember, Ms Pelosi was Speaker of the House, and as such, this nincompoop, {the very definition} was 3rd in line to the presidency, right behind Uncle Joe{who is no rocket surgeon or brain scientist himself!!!}.

As they say, two heartbeats from being the most powerful person in the world.

Howinhell did the D’s force such incompetency upon us?

oy.

Stewart is doing our country a disservice. He knows better, admits it, but continues to peddle liberal crap as ‘truth’. Why? Money, fame, and power. The young people listen to his barf, lap it up, and repeat it to their friends as actual facts. Stewart knows better, but doesn’t care.

tomw on January 31, 2014 at 11:20 AM

AIM (I think) had the actual transcript of this interchange. Pelosi is incoherent throughout. She knows only talkng points. Don’t confuse her with facts or with questions not part of the Dem “narrative.”

She kept citing “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” as the justification for this wreck.

onlineanalyst on January 31, 2014 at 11:22 AM

I’m just surprised that Pelosi has the brain power to breath on her own…

And John Stuart Leibowitz still can’t be funny with the easiest target..

-west

mr_west on January 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM

That was far too depressing to be funny.

Pelosi doesn’t know or care who was supposed to make the Obamacare website “work”.

pilsener on January 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM

“what difference does it make now” and “we have to pass the bill to know what’s in it” what’s your favorite line?

phatfawzi on January 31, 2014 at 11:24 AM

The systemic problem is the fact that big-government regimes like ObamaCare won’t work because central planning of large economies never work, for reasons laid out by economist F. A. Hayek decades ago in The Road to Serfdom.

See:

The Road to Serfdom, in Cartoons
by Friedrich A. Hayek

Originally published in Look magazine
Reproduced from a booklet published by
General Motors, Detroit
in the ‘Thought Starter’ series (no. 118)

Once, GM was reprinting accessable versions of Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom

Now, Big Government controls GM!

ITguy on January 31, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Wake me when Mr. Stewart announces loudly on his show that he no longer identifies or has sympathy with these Dems. Until then he is just another lefty hack who occasionally asks tough questions.

neyney on January 31, 2014 at 11:30 AM

The thing about Stewart, which actually makes him funny, and able to converse with conservatives and liberals, is that he’s actually (and somewhat surprisingly) pretty damn smart.

He’s also apparently very well read. But, he’s only well read on one political point of view. If he were to take the time to read Hayek, or to spend some real time with other broadly knowledgeable conservatives, not just 20 minutes on shows, he might even change his mind about things.

If.

And if he approached such discourse with an open mind, which is probably the bigger problem.

Chris of Rights on January 31, 2014 at 10:34 AM

The interview should also be some grounds for introspection by Stewart — assuming he remembers Pelosi’s 2010 comment that “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it” — and the fact that when that asinine comment was out there like a wounded duck waiting to be shot by Jon and his writers, he spent the early part of 2010 making fun of the Tea Party and anyone else opposed to the Affordable Care Act.

When you’re played for a chump like that, it should cause you to re-evaluate who you’re relying on for accurate information. It likely wouldn’t make Jon a conservative, but possibly might push him in a libertarian direction if he thought about it. But my guess is it’s just as likely he’ll double-down and say single-payer would solve ObamaCare’s problems (and would also create less problems for him, since if he were to start hammering ObamaCare in the same angry way he’s lampooned actions on the right, he’d probably find himself in the same situation Scarlett Jonhannson finds herself today with other liberals, after refusing to back down from endorsing an Israeli product not on the left’s approved list).

jon1979 on January 31, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Be nice to the people you meet on your way up. They are the same people you meet on your way down.

davidk on January 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

She’s such an idiot.

BallisticBob on January 31, 2014 at 10:04 AM

She’s like Obama, in that words come out of her mouth, but they don’t mean anything. I get no takeaway from either of them.

/WTF

Paul-Cincy on January 31, 2014 at 11:33 AM

GOP straw men
That’s all they’ve got

Pitiful

Next they’ll say the gop passed this law…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

“We have to pass the law to see what’s in it.”

Surprise, SanFranNan.

davidk on January 31, 2014 at 11:34 AM

Every Republican for federal office needs to cut an ad with this clip, and saturate the market with it. In 2006, Democrats won because they labeled the GOP as corrupt and or incompetent. Over the past several years, Democrats have epitomized corrupt and incompetent. The GOP needs to make that the heart of their national campaign.

When he asked why it was so difficult to get a company to execute the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange website “competently,” Pelosi replied, “I don’t know.”

“What do you mean you don’t know? How do you not know?” Stewart asked laughing.

To which Nancy Pelosi responded: “It’s not my responsibility.”

h a p f a t on January 31, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I’m only about 60 seconds into the video and I’m on the cusp of turning it off, for no other reason than it bugs me every time her body language causes her bracelet to clack on the table repeatedly. Poor accessory choice.

The Schaef on January 31, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I couldn’t even make it that far. Even fast-forwarding through this crap, I don’t see the joy that this post made me believe there was.

Stewart through the whole thing attempting to look and sound thoughtful, and the timidity he displays in the face of this lying cvnt makes me retch.

Lanceman on January 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

But these Obamacare posts are about whistling past the graveyard, by next Novemeber Democrats will be openly running on the ACA. Mark my words.
libfreeordie on December 20, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Dear Nancy,

It is your responsibility. You refused to read the whole bill to find out what was in it. Your responsibility was to read it. It falls directly on your shoulders.

sadatoni on January 31, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Hell, she could’ve had Stewart like putty in her hands..

..all she had to say was Republicans Hate bi-racial couples…

Isn’t that right Libfree??

ToddPA on January 31, 2014 at 11:42 AM

This woman has a brain of a GOAT !!!! That might be insulting the goats, but yesterday she said, ” If it takes longer in the Emergency Room now, you have chance to make friends. ” !!!!!

aniladesai on January 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Next they’ll say the gop passed this law…

cmsinaz on January 31, 2014 at 10:08 AM

I’m sure MSNBC already has the story written.

talkingpoints on January 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Is John Stewart finally waking up? Big government is the problem.

rbj on January 31, 2014 at 10:21 AM

.
Jon always knew, and still knows ‘Big (Socialized) Government’ is counter productive.

Just like many commenters here, Jon is perpetually trying to balance ‘freedom from Big (Socialized) Government‘ versus ‘freedom from religion defined moral standards‘.
.
It’s a real quandary you pro-hedonism Libertarians have.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

I’m sure MSNBC already has the story written.

talkingpoints on January 31, 2014 at 11:52 AM

hey, give that Network some kudos..

they just fired some Low Level Staffer from Cinncinnati
Staten Island

ToddPA on January 31, 2014 at 11:56 AM

…the audience…where ever she speaks…should be laughing garishly loud…every time…she opens her mouth!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

“What do you mean you don’t know? How do you not know?” Stewart asked laughing.

Seriously Jon, did you really expect Nancy to speak knowledgeably about anything?

RadClown on January 31, 2014 at 11:58 AM

It’s good to watch that lying, botoxed old crone squirm, so thanks for that, Jon Stewart. But I cannot, for the life of me, figure out how someone as bone-stupid as she is got so much power.

RebeccaH on January 31, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Pelosi: Obamacare is entrepreneurial. To not do Obamacare would have been “risk averse”

Again … WTF.

Paul-Cincy on January 31, 2014 at 12:02 PM

“It’s not my responsibility.”

For the progressive-fascist utopians, it’s always someone else’s fault. Or someone else’s responsibility. Or someone else who has to be held accountable.

This interview is a stinging indictment of the vapidity of the progressive argument – and the what should be the stunning disconnect between the progressives and reality.

But one thing that is being missed is Pelosi’s contempt and arrogance towards actually answering the questions…and Stewart’s unsurprising kid gloves to not attempt to hold the former Speaker and current House Minority Leader accountable to offer the people a more cogent answer.

Yes, Pelosi is there because she knows the interview will be a gentle one. She also knows that she’s appearing largely before her base – the clueless one’s who get news from the Comedy Channel.

But her refusal to cover the disconnect between, ‘You have to pass the bill to see what is in it’ and the current debacle of the implementation of the [Un]Affordable Care Act speaks volumes about how the progressives see themselves and the utter contempt they hold towards the American people.

Athos on January 31, 2014 at 12:12 PM

[Pelosi] “The whole idea is substance…”

Let’s stop right there.

What is this “whole idea” are you speak of, Nancy?

Tsar of Earth on January 31, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Do we have a foundational problem? Is there a corruption in the system that needs to be addressed?” Stewart asked. Pelosi went on to detail the issues with bureaucracy and the failure of departments to communicate with each other. “Okay, do something about it,” Pelosi said.

The answer to that question is a resounding YES! Having worked at the VA for many years and resigning 7 years before retirement (…just more than I could bare), I’m still trying to find my way without the security of the government check every two weeks. Dealing with total incompetents day after day….I decided I would rather be poor. Saul Alinsky’s plan is working well, but will eventually be the downfall of the liberals like Pelosi. I just hope America doesn’t go down with them.

I’m planning on opening my own business in my little community and the first thing I will do is start a book club where The Road to Serfdom is the first book we read! The Good Earth will be the second.

smylatu on January 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Ignorant biatch. I wish her Karma. In spades.

HiJack on January 31, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Oh. It’s all about “the vision”, not the mechanics.

Turned it off right there, nothing else needed. Consequences be damned, our intentions are what counts.

My dislike for her and her ilk burns hotter than the sun.

FineasFinn on January 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

Pelosi, though, has been far too optimistic in the past. She repeatedly insisted in 2010 that Democrats would hold their majority even in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

The scumhag looks scary in the picture in this link.

Schadenfreude on January 31, 2014 at 12:38 PM

She is lucky the interview was with that wimp…well, not luck she knows who to give an interview to.

That is as close to be challenged as she will ever allow herself to be.

Next stop, MSNBC to repair the damage.

right2bright on January 31, 2014 at 12:43 PM

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