|May 22, 2009|
|GOP Scores Big PR Points Whacking 'Pinata' Pelosi|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|You have got to admire the Republican attack PR machine, which is in full throttle and gleefully steamrolling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. |
Former Bush White House majordomo Karl Rove, taking a breather from prepping for the inquisition into whether he had a hand in the firing of federal prosecutors, branded Pelosi an “accomplice to torture.”
Rove would have you believe Democrat Pelosi straddled suspected terrorists and forced water down the throats. Give it up for Karl. The guy's got a truckload of chutzpah.
Lesser worthies, Rep. Peter Hoesktra comes to mind, bluster that Pelosi should be witness No. 1 before any “truth commission.” Many could live with that as long as former President Bush, VP Cheney and Defense Secretary Rumsfeld are witnesses two, three and four.
Nancy Pinata hasn’t exactly been a rock during the smear campaign. Too cute for her own good is her problem. The Speaker danced around the issue, first saying the CIA didn’t come clean about waterboarding, and then shifting to the line that Democrats were powerless to stop torture. Pelosi now stands at loggerheads with the CIA, saying she was duped by the agency. She is spinning like a top.
Republicans will win some political points among the dwindling Fox TV crowd. The masters of diversion break it down to a question of trust. Who does America believe? Is it the lefty from scary ultra-liberal San Francisco? Or the men and women who are keeping Americans safe from terrorists?
The GOP playbook seeks to deflect blame from the Bush Administration for okaying torture, while positioning Pelosi as partner. The playbook is a little dusty. Do you really think America for one nanosecond is going to believe that Pelosi, GOP's antichrist, was invited by the White House to give input on torture policies?
The Republicans pile on Pelosi because they know as Bob Dylan sings “when you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”
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