Lying Worthless Political Hack


I have designated Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House, a Worthless Political Hack in prior posts, here and here.  Now I must add to her title.  Her laughable attempt to argue, in the immortal words of Sergeant Schultz, “I know nothing!”, in regard to water-boarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques”, what she deemed to be torture in the 2006 and 2008 elections, is so transparent that even the Washington Post is stating that obviously she is lying.  Steny Hoyer, Democrat Majority Leader in the House, who has despised Pelosi for decades, has called for hearings on what Pelosi knew and when did she know it.  Twist in the wind Lying Worthless Political Hack! 

Update:  Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has thoughts regarding the Washington Post article.

17 Responses to Lying Worthless Political Hack

  1. John Henry says:

    I’ll register, once again, my disapproval of using the term ‘lying worthless political hack,’ as I do not believe such language is conducive to civil discourse. That said, my opinion of Ms. Pelosi is does not differ markedly from yours.

  2. Donald R. McClarey says:

    Civil discourse is to be cherished John Henry, and I mean that sincerely, but sometimes a person’s conduct is so outrageous that it is necessary to simply call a spade, a spade.

    As a political matter, if I were a Democrat I would want my party to move Heaven and Earth to get this woman off the political stage. She is dynamite for the GOP. The problem of course is that there is absolutely no way Pelosi will go without a fight that will blow up the House for months. If Obama is smart, he is paying a lot of attention to this situation.

  3. Gerard E. says:

    How absolutely delightful. The January Prom Queen is now the May Nerd Who Can’t Get A Date. Hoyer has been a Pelosi rival since they were both overly ambitious teens back in the day. This is spectacularly delicious for him. And given that she is the final voice to implement Dear Leader’s enlightened Porkapalooza policies, this affair could mean trainwreck on the House floor. Don Mac is a gentleman in only designating her as Lying Worthless Political Hack. I prefer one dealing with bags of waste products, but this is a family blog and I would not want to upset Mr. Iafrate too much given his sensitivities. So we shall rejoice in Ms. Pelosi’s dilemma and move on.

  4. Donald R. McClarey says:

    On target as usual Gerard! I think that as the walls begin closing in on the Lying Worthless Political Hack, she will seek to do the maximum politcal damgage to those she perceives as having betrayed her. I do not think she will “go gentle into that good night”!

  5. e. says:

    At the very least, the true nature of Pelosi is becoming more apparent — even to fellow Dems!

    Given House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s acknowledged skill at torturing the Bush Administration in recent years, it no doubt afforded her critics some pleasure yesterday to watch her twist in the wind in front of the press over what she knew and when about the CIA’s terrorist interrogations. With mockery even from Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, Mrs. Pelosi has turned herself into a spectacle about a subject that she and fellow Democrats had themselves reduced to a spectacle of demagogic accusation and blame, repeatedly threatening to put Bush officials in the dock for “condoning torture.”

    Permit us, then, to reel in this travesty and attempt to put both Speaker Pelosi and her targets in the Bush Administration into perspective. No, better yet, let Speaker Pelosi’s California colleague, Senator Dianne Feinstein, do it.

    Asked this week about Mrs. Pelosi’s variable recollections, Senator Feinstein, who chairs the Intelligence Committee, responded: “I think it’s a tempest in a teapot really to say, Well, Speaker Pelosi should have known all of this, she should have stopped this, she should have done this or done that. I don’t want to make an apology for anybody, but in 2002, it wasn’t 2006, ’07, ’08 or ’09. It was right after 9/11, and there were in fact discussions about a second wave of attacks.”

    Indeed there were discussions about a second wave of attacks in 2002. In an interview two years ago, former CIA Director George Tenet said of that post-attack period: “I’ve got reports of nuclear weapons in New York City, apartment buildings that are going to be blown up, planes that are going to fly into airports all over again.”

    It was precisely in this atmosphere, months after the initial, horrific attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, that the CIA asked the Justice Department for legal guidance on the now-famous “EITs,” or enhanced interrogation techniques at the center of this current tempest.

    Bush lawyers such as John Yoo and Jay Bybee produced memorandums carefully setting out the legal limits of what the CIA could do. Also in 2002, the CIA began the briefings of Congress on these interrogations that now haunt Speaker Pelosi…

    This Administration uses the word “responsibility” a lot, and it would improve the charged political atmosphere of Washington considerably if senior officials there took the idea more seriously. Speaker Pelosi and other senior Members of Congress were brought into the complex loop of the post-September 11 world with a long series of CIA briefings, as the law requires. Now, when disclosure of the details of those briefings undermines the Democrats’ political game, Mrs. Pelosi tries to dump responsibility back onto the CIA. Yesterday she even said the agency “gave me inaccurate and incomplete information.” So CIA officials now led by Obama appointee Leon Panetta are lying. No wonder this draws the ridicule of comedians.

    Whatever one’s politics may be, there has to be some recognition that Washington — the U.S. government — simply can’t function if it is endlessly entangled in the exquisitely argued, one might say absurd, blame-games that she and some Democrats are running against former Bush officials, and that now threaten the political standing of the Speaker herself.

    Barack Obama won the election and as President he now has a government to run. With that responsibility comes the necessity to make difficult decisions, as those he has made on prisoner photos and military tribunals attest. If he is to succeed, he needs a capital city of responsible partners, not a running circus with the Speaker of the House at the center, blaming everyone else as she flees from any responsibility for what she heard and did.


    Of course, because of all the political fury of supposedly patriotic politicians whose sole purpose is purportedly to serve the best interest of the nation; the very lives of our U.S. troops are placed in an even more precarious situation due to all the

    And there it is — the issue of detainee abuse and what the U.S. military struggles with, and has struggled with, since the release of those photos in 2004, some of which showed naked prisoners being humiliated, stacked in piles or subjected to mock torture.

    Quantock, the head of detainee operations in Iraq, is echoing a debate raging in Washington.

    Another round of photos allegedly showing further abuse of prisoners was to be released by the end of this month. But President Obama asked that the photos be held back.

    Obama said he believed the release of the pictures could put American lives in danger. [ya think? gee, I wonder why his ‘crowd’ didn’t think about that before?] That is Catch-22 situation No. 1: on one hand transparency; on the other, the safety of U.S. troops.


  6. Tito Edwards says:


    That is quite impressive.

    Nancy Pelosi and some of her cohorts should go down in flames and rightly so. Using the torture debate for political gain is biting them where it hurts. Yes the torture debate needs to be debated, but not used as an anvil for political gain.

    You get what you serve.

  7. Elaine Krewer says:

    GOP members of Congress could call Pelosi’s bluff and convene a special investigative committee on this issue. Then they could call Pelosi to testify under oath before the committee. If she continues to insist that the CIA lied to her, but has no evidence to back that up, and other members of Congress contradict her testimony, then she could be looking at perjury charges, which would force her to resign or potentially be expelled.

  8. layla says:

    Glad to know at least one blogger had the guts to pounce on her. Many others dared not even to make mention of the incident.

  9. e. says:


    The fact of the matter being that an overwhelming majority of Democrats themselves right after 9/11 had initially turned a blind eye on torture and in fact even endorsed it.

    Yet, there is now such foul revisionism that would have an unaware and generally ignorant American populace believe that these folks were always against such things, even from the very beginning — that they were but holy ministers of The Gospel According to!

    When the threat seemed imminent after 9/11, Democrats were only too happy to keep quiet and let the Bush Administration and CIA do whatever it took to prevent another attack. But in the seemingly safer present, they want to subject every one of those decisions to the political retribution of


  10. Tito Edwards says:


    What Nancy Pelosi is doing is pure politics. If she really had the moral fortitude believing that torture was wrong she would have voiced her opinion from the get-go.

  11. e. says:


    That’s just it — she and many of her fellow Democrats initially believed in EIT from the very start.

    They only wanted to revise their actual history after the mob-led, passion-ridden screed of, knowing that doing thus would bring to their party a certain (moral) popularity amongst the general (and unfortunately ignorant) American populace.

    Therefore, these stunts — from the very beginning — were political exploits engineered by an initially Pro-torture Democrat party.

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