The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) has a press release today, hitting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for having the temerity to express doubts that Democratic members of Congress will support with the troop increase that Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal has recommended for the war in Afghanistan. The release claims that in the past, Pelosi has made “pleas for action in Afghanistan” and is now “backpedaling on Afghanistan amidst increasing criticism from the radical left.” It cites her saying this:
“I’ve also made it clear it’s a very difficult vote to get from the members,” she added. “Their constituents don’t like an escalated war in Afghanistan. They’d like to see a different approach. But let’s see what the president has to say.” (Glenn Thrush, “Pelosi skeptical about Afghan surge, McChrystal,” Politico, 10/05/2009)
Pelosi, of course, is not “backpedaling” in any way. In the first paragraph of the Politico article cited by the NRCC, the reporter notes that Pelosi said she is still “agnostic” on a troop surge; she was simply stating the realities in her party.
So what is the NRCC’s solution to dealing with Pelosi? It wants McChrystal to “put her in her place“:
What place does the NRCC think that this accomplished woman — the first female Speaker of the House in U.S. history — deserves to be in?
Yglesias writes that the NRCC is trying to “deploy a touch of the old condescending sexism via the Speaker of the House of Representatives.”
,Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) responds to the NRCC:
I think the place for a woman is at the top of the House of Representatives. It’s evidence they long for the days when a woman’s place was in the kitchen. Now a woman is third in line for the presidency… But it’s not surprising, coming from a party that’s 80 percent male and 100 percent white.
An NRCC spokesman still insists that Pelosi is “playing out of her league.”