Conservatives’ Unhinged Attacks on Nancy Pelosi


As you may recall, the country used to be suffering from a serious epidemic of Bush hatred, sometimes known as Bush derangement syndrome. Suffers from this syndrome used to do crazy stuff like call Bush a “liar” based on him saying stuff about the budget and Iraq that, well, to be sure, turned out by coincidence not to be true. These are the kind of people who would call Bush a “war criminal” just because he ordered some torture enhanced interrogation techniques that were illegal under U.S. and international law not inside the bounds of the Geneva Conventions. It was a very grave situation and we used to need to stroke our chins about whether bloggers or Paul Krugman were ruining the high-toned debate that had previously taken place between conservatives, right-wingers, the center-right, moderate Republicans, and reasonable liberals.

On an unrelated note, I’ve been noticing recently that some members of the conservative movement have been taking issue with some of Nancy Pelosi’s views on matters of public policy. For example, Ann Coulter observed:

As Obama prepared to deliver his address to Congress on Tuesday, the Republican House Minority Leader John Boehner, Fox News’ Bret Baier and Charles Krauthammer all gushed that history was being made as the first African-American president appeared before Congress. Even Gov. Bobby Jindal, whom I suppose I should note was the first Indian-American to give the Republican response to a president’s speech, began with an encomium to the first black president. (Wasn’t Bobby great in “Slumdog Millionaire”?) Are we going to have to hear about this for the next four years? Obama is becoming the Cal Ripken Jr. of presidents, making history every time he suits up for a game. Recently, Obama also became the first African-American president to order a ham sandwich late at night from the White House kitchen! That’s going to get old pretty quick. But as long as the nation is obsessed with historic milestones, is no one going to remark on what a great country it is where a mentally retarded woman can become speaker of the house?

Agree or disagree, clearly this is the kind of viewpoint that needs to be respected and taken seriously.

Talk radio host Roger Hedgecock took his turn speaking at CPAC to likewise weigh-in on the issues of the day:

I’ve never met Pelosi’s husband but I want to give the guy a medal.

Keep in mind that it’s widely believed to be the case that large numbers of members of congress regularly base their stands on pieces of legislation based on talk radio.