Last week, the Washington Post reported an absolutely astounding statement made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. She was asked by reporters about the anger of the liberal base over the Democrats' failure to end the war in Iraq.
"Look," she said, her frozen smile turning into a frozen frown. "I had, for five months, people sitting outside my home, going into my garden in San Francisco, angering neighbors, hanging their clothes from trees, building all kinds of things -- Buddhas? I don't know what they were -- couches, sofas, chairs, permanent living facilities on my front sidewalk."
"If they were poor and they were sleeping on my sidewalk, they would be arrested for loitering, but because they have "Impeach Bush" across their chest, it's the First Amendment."
Absorb the stunning nature of that statement. This is liberal-on-liberal violence.
Speaker Pelosi complained that antiwar liberals 1) invaded her private space, 2) ticked off her neighbors, 3) set up "protest camps" outside her home, 4) made her life inconvenient with their antics. Of course, all of that was fine when they were doing it to President Bush outside his home in Crawford, Texas.
Last Friday night, Bill Maher was heckled during his live HBO show. The offending audience member stood up, unfurled a smuggled-in banner, and began shouting loudly.
Maher was livid that his show had been interrupted. But his “shock” is ridiculous.
After the incident, he said that a lot of anti-war and anti-Bush protesters hang out outside his studio, waiting to engage him on conspiracy theories and the president's war criminality.
Why do they stir outside Maher’s studio and not, say, Larry King’s? Because Maher has spent the last four years criticizing the president, the war, and other post 9-11 policies. He has given aid and comfort to the protesters by supporting their arguments -- and their right to heckle the president. He has embraced them, winked at them, given them tactical air support every week on his show.
Now that Iraq is improving, the anti-war protesters have outlived their usefulness to folks like Maher and Pelosi. Once convenient tools with which to bash the president, they are now inconvenient, smelly, loud beasts that need to be escorted away.
On your dime last week, Congressman Pete Stark (D (of course)-Calif. (of course) claimed the president was a sadist: "You don't have money to fund the war or children. But you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement."
In other words, the president gets his jollies by ordering our servicemen and women into harm's way to kill for the heck of it. It took Pelosi a whole day to “rebuke” Stark, and only because his comments sparked widespread outrage on talk radio and other conservative outlets.
And the Democrats wonder why they haven't been entrusted to run a "hot" war since Harry Truman.
Not only have they proven themselves weak and incompetent on national security, but they have also shown that they are increasingly desperate. Iraq is slowly and steadily improving, the president just sustained his veto of their attempt to expand the SCHIP entitlement, and they lost their ridiculous stab at attacking Turkey for a genocide that happened 100 years ago. Their laughable lashing out is symptomatic of the Democrats' losing their grip on power, control, and reality.
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