Sunday, January 25, 2015

Nancy Pelosi wants to talk ethics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, he's caused a little conflict of late.

As Debra J. Saunders (San Francisco Chronicle) notes, US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is having a hissy fit over the Republican leadership in the House inviting Netanyahu to speak to the House of Representatives.

Nancy's outraged.  It's wrong she says.

Nancy didn't defend the Dixie Chicks in 2003.  For Natalie Maines' remarks onstage in London, the Dixie Chicks were banned from radio and only US Senator John McCain loudly raised an objection to that.

Not Nancy.

Yet Nancy stood -- stood up -- in the halls of Congress to applaud a president of Mexico insulting Americans.

If Nancy felt -- and her silence indicates she did -- that the Dixie Chicks were treated fairly, then how does she justify applauding a foreign leader -- on US soil, in the halls of Congress -- insulting Americans?

Nancy says the Republican leadership was "out of order" to invite the Israeli prime minister.

"Out of order"?

The way she blackmailed an opponent -- who had a campaign event where underage volunteers -- ages 18 and 19 -- were photographed drinking alcohol provided by the US House Representative's office  -- so that she could be elected House Minority Leader in 2002?

Was that not out of order?

Was her participating with a state's questionable (second) attempt at redistricting -- participating with Republican leadership of that state -- to have the opponent redistricted out of office, was that not out of order?

As they well know in Louisiana, corpses don't have to remain underground -- they can float to the surface.

Nancy may think she's buried her victims deeply enough.

But she's wrong.

And she's in no place to lecture anyone else about ethics.

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