Yesterday on Fox’s Hannity and Colmes, conservative pundit Dick Morris claimed incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) doesn’t support Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) to be chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee because Pelosi “doesn’t want a female competition. She doesn’t want two aggressive Democratic women congressmen in California.” When host Alan Colmes asked Morris if he was accusing Pelosi of gender discrimination, Morris said that accusing Pelosi of being “jealous of another woman in California” is “a fair thing.” Watch it:
Morris made no mention of the multiple substantive disagreements between Pelosi and Harman. Instead, Morris was the latest media figure to attribute Pelosi’s differences with Harman to purely personal motives. Washington Post columnist Robert Novak recently described Harman as Pelosi’s “rival diva from California,” and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd called the disagreement a “catfight between two strong-willed, expensively dressed Democratic pols married to California gazillionaires.”
MORRIS: Let’s understand why Pelosi is pushing Hastings. It’s a payoff to the Black Caucus, but it’s also because Jane Harman, a fellow California female Democratic congresswoman, is the next in line in seniority, and she doesn’t want a female competition. She doesn’t want two aggressive Democratic women congressmen in California, in case she runs for governor or something else. She doesn’t want the competition.
COLMES: By the way, did you just accuse Nancy Pelosi of gender discrimination?
MORRIS: No, being jealous of another woman in California, which I think is a fair thing.
COLMES: Isn’t that gender discrimination?
MORRIS: Gender discrimination? I don’t know. I think that she likes to say she has California Democratic female politics covered.