July 5, 2005


Nullification Nancy (The Prowler, 7/5/2005, American Spectator)

House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi is known amongst even her Democratic colleagues as one of the less cerebral members of the House. But even her staff was stunned by her seeming inability to understand the recent Kelo Supreme Court ruling regarding governmental property seizures.

"We briefed her on it. She seemed to ask questions as though she understood it, but clearly she didn't," says a Boxer adviser on Capitol Hill. "How else to explain it?" [...]

Even after the press remarks, Pelosi, according to other Democratic staffers, didn't seem to understand what the fuss was all about. "She was oblivious. She really thought she had a handle on some basic ideas about the Supreme Court, the way Congress works with the rulings of the court," says a Democratic leadership staffer. "A generation of 'Schoolhouse Rock' get this and she doesn't? Her staff should be ashamed of itself for putting her out there."

Her party, not her staff.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 5, 2005 7:51 AM

If she is so 'non-cerebral' how did she get to be Minority Leader? Who would want a 'non-cerebral' person representing them on television?

For all the folderol about Bush's occasionally garbled syntax, his mistakes are clearly those of a person whose thoughts get ahead of his words, not of someone with few thoughts or with a poor control of the language. He has a far superior understanding of America outside the Beltway than 99% of his critics, including yours truly. He clearly has a core belief system and he clearly has been trying for the most part to advance them in a rational, intelligent, organized manner. He is comfortable with advisers who are smarter than he is and more knowledgeable about their areas of expertise than he is, e.g Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rove, probably Rice.

Posted by: bart at July 5, 2005 7:59 AM

When an advisor to the rather dense Barbara Boxer can't explain it to Nancy Pelosi, it does make you wonder if Pelosi's I.Q. is above room temperature.

Posted by: Scott Ferguson at July 5, 2005 8:18 AM

I disagree, Pelosi knows that it is best for the Democrat Party to support supreme court Decisions that give unfettered power to the government to treat private property in an arbitrary and capricious manner.

Posted by: h-man at July 5, 2005 9:06 AM

On the other hand, I'll bet Nancy knows all the words to "Conjunction Junction"...

Posted by: John at July 5, 2005 9:29 AM


Why? Government is a Republican enterprise now.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2005 9:53 AM

Pelosi got the job because she knows how to raise money from rich Bay Area Democrats. How much brainpower does it take to say 'abortion, abortion, abortion' to every frightened CA Democrat? Besides, all she really has done is follow Willie Brown's lead.

Note that it was Boxer's staff who advised her, not her own. I'm sure her people didn't understand it, either.

Posted by: jim hamlen at July 5, 2005 11:03 AM

Democrats settled on lack of passion as the most important reason for their electoral problems; passion was given a premium over substance. Hence, they have Pelosi and Dean as their most visible people.

Posted by: Emily B. at July 5, 2005 11:33 AM

"It does make you wonder if Pelosi's I.Q. is above room temperature."

In Fahrenheit or Celsius?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 5, 2005 11:42 AM


And the government will always remain a Republican enterprise? The constitution was meant to limit the harm caused by moronic or deceptive rulers. The basic safety of the Republic was not to be at the mercy of politicians or bureacrats. It is better that Republicans are running the show although the show continues to get bigger and bigger just the same.

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at July 5, 2005 12:02 PM

Time will tell, as to whether the Government is a Republican affair or not, but regardless I would prefer in the mean time that the Supreme Court state the rule of law in a manner that is in-sync with the Republican Party rather than the Democratic Socialist Party.

Posted by: h-man at July 5, 2005 12:06 PM

It doesn't matter what the Court says about such easily legislated matters so long as the Republicans have a permanent majority.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2005 12:11 PM

No, it won't. But Court rulings are rather transitory.

Posted by: oj at July 5, 2005 12:17 PM

"She seemed to ask questions as though she understood it, but clearly she didn't" Yeah, and Clever Hans seemed to be able to do arithmetic.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at July 5, 2005 2:21 PM


I think her IQ is measured in Kelvin.

Posted by: Dave W. at July 5, 2005 4:24 PM

i suspect nancy is a bobble head which sometimes makes people think she is nodding in agreement.

"did you get that last point, nancy ?...bobble bobble bobble...good; next point..."

Posted by: cjm at July 5, 2005 5:08 PM

To be fair, I'm pretty sure she was thinking about abortion when she made those asinine comments about funds for enforcing Supreme Court decisions. For her, and some others in her wing of the Democratic party, withholding federal funds from abortion clinics or from pro-abortion counselling is tantamount to a failure to enforce the Roe v. Wade decision. If she wants to be able to continue making the argument that failure to subsidise abortion = violation of Roe v. Wade, consistency would demand that failure to subsidise abusive eminent domain = violation of Kelo v. New London. Which is silly, but there are an awful lot of people who hold that view of abortion and federal subsidies.

Posted by: Taeyoung Jensen at July 6, 2005 2:30 AM

tj: i think you are giving her way too much credit. she was given multiple opportunities to explain her answer, or give a better answer, and she just kept getting more and more incoherent. how hard is it to believe that she is just a very ignorant and stupid person ?

Posted by: cjm at July 6, 2005 1:32 PM

She's extremely liberal. There's probably an adamantine link in her mind running something like Supreme Court => OH NOES, WE MUST PROTECT ABORTION!!!

That doesn't make her not-ignorant or not-stupid, it just makes sense of what she said.

Posted by: Taeyoung Jensen at July 6, 2005 4:17 PM

the most credit i will extend her, is that she panicked, and fumbled her answer.

Posted by: cjm at July 6, 2005 6:26 PM