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petegz28
09-17-2009, 06:30 PM
The House Republicans' top campaign chief strongly denounced Speaker Nancy Pelosi's comments that appeared to question whether today's angry conservative protests were similar to anti-gay rallies in the late 1970s that preceded the assassination of two San Francisco political leaders.

Rep. Pete Sessions (Texas), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said Pelosi crossed the line when she related the rhetoric of anti-gay protesters in San Francisco in 1978 -- the year Harvey Milk, the first openly gay member of the city's board of supervisors, and his political ally, Mayor George Moscone, were killed by former supervisor Dan White -- to that of contemporary conservatives while answering a question about the protests against President Obama's health-care proposals.

"The Speaker is now likening genuine opposition to assassination. Such insulting rhetoric not only undermines the credibility of her office, but it underscores the desperate attempt by her party to divert attention away from a failing agenda," Sessions said in a statement. "During one of the most important policy debates of our time, the American people have been completely abandoned by those elected representatives under her control. Voters are justifiably frustrated with Washington, and the Speaker's verbal assault on voters accomplishes nothing other than furthering her reputation for being wildly out of touch with the American people."

Unsure of who's right in this debate? Decide for yourself. Here is the full question and answer at Pelosi's weekly press briefing, held every Thursday morning:

Q: Madam Speaker, in terms of the political tone, the tone of the debate, Hoyer said earlier this week he thought it was the most vitriolic since '93-'94. And around that time we also saw acts of domestic violence, domestic terrorism. How concerned are you about the tone of the political debate, in terms of people talking about anti-government rhetoric and so on and the possibility of violence?

Speaker Pelosi: Well, I think we all have to take responsibility for our actions and our words. We are a free country, and this balance between freedom and safety is one that we have to carefully balance.

I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw this, myself, in the late '70s in San Francisco. This kind of rhetoric was very frightening, and it created a climate in which violence took place.

So I wish that we would all, again, curb our enthusiasm in some of the statements that are made, so that understanding that some of the people -- the ears that it is falling on are not as balanced as the person making the statement might assume.

But, again, our country is great because people can say what they think and they believe. But I also think that they have to take responsibility for any incitement that they may cause.

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2009/09/republicans_denounce_pelosi_fo.html

craneref
09-18-2009, 07:58 AM
I spent 40 months about 25 miles East of San Francisco, so I can say that I am not the least bit surprised by Rep Pelosi saying something absurd. I think she is hard wired to be a Hard Left Liberal and obviously doesn't think before she speaks. But hey, the elitest keeps getting re-elected, what motivation does she have to be rational??

thecoffeeguy
09-18-2009, 08:34 AM
Pelosi = loon.

Mr. Flopnuts
09-18-2009, 08:36 AM
I spent 40 months about 25 miles East of San Francisco, so I can say that I am not the least bit surprised by Rep Pelosi saying something absurd. I think she is hard wired to be a Hard Left Liberal and obviously doesn't think before she speaks. But hey, the elitest keeps getting re-elected, what motivation does she have to be rational??

40 months? Sure it wasn't 25 miles West of San Francisco? :)

Mr. Flopnuts
09-18-2009, 08:37 AM
Pelosi = loon.

I fucking hate her almost as much as I hate the governor of the great state of Washington.