Feeling Icky About Pelosi's Gushing Praise for Hastert

Nancy Pelosi offered these warm words of praise to Dennis Hastert yesterday.

"I salute Speaker Hastert for reaching this milestone - it is a testament to his leadership within the Republican Conference and the halls of Congress.

"Dennis Hastert began his career as a teacher and coach; he now serves the people of Illinois and America.  While we often disagree on issues, we agree on the importance of public service - the kind of public service that has been the hallmark of his career, whether in a classroom or on the House floor.

"In Congress, we all hold the title `honorable' by virtue of our office; Dennis Hastert holds it by virtue of his character.  I salute him for his service to our nation and look forward to many future opportunities to work together."

I mean come on.

Upon election to Speaker, Dennis Hastert immediately offered audiences to lobbyists for campaign cash, and despite widespread anger at corruption, continues  to offer these meetings. Dennis Hastert was also a reliable ally of Jack Abramoff, is 'in the mix' of a bribery scandal, and weakened the ethics committee by removing members who enforced ethics rules.

I get the need for comity, and I have begun to deeply respect Pelosi's political skills.  But these compliments of Hastert's supposedly virtuous character feel icky, and I suspect they might become quite embarrassing in the not-too-distant-future.

Tags: Dennis Hastert, Jack Abramoff, Nancy Pelosi (all tags)



You're right about her political skills

Always praise your adversary before pushing under the bus.  Hastert's record as Speaker ends next January, Pelosi will be the next Speaker, and almost certainly both of them know it.

As long as the Rs keep slamming Pelosi, she's got nothing but clear skies ahead.  Time for caution would be if they were to praise her!

The deeper inside the Beltway you go, the wackier it gets!

by GreginFL 2006-06-01 06:31PM | 0 recs
Re: Feeling Icky About Pelosi's Gushing Praise for

Was she asked her opinion on this milestone by Hastert or did she give it freely so to speak?  If she gave it freely, I think your point's well taken.  If she was asked, or for some reason felt obliged, what else would you have her state?  "Senator Hastert is an ass and an embarrassment to the office of Speaker of the House?"  Maybe it was over the top, but this is the crap you have to do in any almost any job.

by Double B 2006-06-01 06:32PM | 0 recs
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I'm pretty okay with the first two paragraphs, but the first sentence of the third one is unnecessary and utterly contradicted in any effort to show him for the lobbyist tool that he is.

by jhupp 2006-06-01 06:47PM | 0 recs
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I think her praise was fairly far over the top.

Hastert has a somewhat decent challenger this cycle doesn't he? Wouldn't be surprised to see the RNC targeting likely Democratic voters in Hastert's district with that little bit of praise from the highest ranking Democratic member of the house.

by Quinton 2006-06-01 07:01PM | 0 recs
Praise independence

The lobby money has now arrived in our hallowed halls of government. The puppets are now dancing on strings.

The political party now falls prey to the corruption that has had its party leader heap praise "we support president bush's war" a-la-tom daschle and now, the biggest opponent of free internet - and immigration - hastert "nancy pelosi's butthole buddy" - so I guess that shows you where the money is flowing. Someone gave pelosi a call.


Obi Wan, why are you sad?

I just felt a great disruption - as if ...  10,000 anonymous riders just screamed out at once...  and were packed into the next bill

by turnerbroadcasting 2006-06-01 07:28PM | 0 recs
Hi from Illinois

Hi All,

I live in Hastert's district IL 14 and support his challenger John Laesch. Check out his web page at www.john06.com



by TonyT 2006-06-01 07:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Hi from Illinois

Let's hope Pelosi's nauseous outburst doesn't wind up in a Hastert campaign ad.

by Sitkah 2006-06-01 08:38PM | 0 recs
Re: Feeling Icky About Pelosi's Gushing Praise for

She is politically tone deaf.

People don't respect politicians without core beliefs, who don't fight.

Politics is war, but the DC Dems seem to think it is chess or tennis or something.

by Populism2008 2006-06-02 12:56AM | 0 recs
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Has any Republican leader ever praised any Democratic leader in the same manner?  I can't think of one.  A condescending tone is far more likely to be used.

This nonsense has to stop.  

by RickD 2006-06-02 04:20AM | 0 recs
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politics is necessary but when you have crooks running the show you can't praise how intelligent they are....Pelosi is really starting to irritate me.

by Chavez100 2006-06-02 05:40AM | 0 recs
Oh brother

It's easy to be angry and hateful all the time when you are staring at a TV, but that's not how real people interact. I don't care how much you disagree with someone, you've still got to act like human beings. Hastert is her opponent, but also her coworker. Don't slam her for acting like a human being.

You want to really hurt him, quit the psycho hate all the time thinking that turns off most American's to politics and go out and get people excited about your candidates and positions.

by ignatzmouse 2006-06-02 06:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Feeling Icky

http://democraticleader.house.gov/index. cfm

Her "countdown to the Bush Rx Drug tax" in the negative numbers is confusing and (obviously) outdated...

She could stand to move a bit with the times.  I agree that the gushing praise was unnecessary, given that it's a press-release.

by NCDem 2006-06-02 06:57AM | 0 recs
Re: Feeling Icky About Stoller's thing for Pelosi

Give it a rest, Matt.  Nancy Pelosi knows how to be minority leader. This sort of thing is what they do.  If she spent 24/7 bashing Hastert and the R's everyone would tune her out.  No one wants a meanie.  This way she gives some hope to them that she will be a little magnanimous in victory.  Praise them before you push them under the bus.

Give it a rest, and tell us (with research) why you think Hastert's character is so horrible.  And why Steny Hoyer would be so much better as Speaker.

by Mimikatz 2006-06-02 08:48AM | 0 recs
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for any spinal tap fans...

'two words: shit sandwich'

by big in japan 2006-06-02 12:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Feeling Icky That This Is Even an Issue

While I have no love for Hastert (I remember the disappointment over his first Congressional election victory), I do applaud Pelosi for showing some old-fashioned institutional collegiality despite real partisan differences.  The loss of that tradition is a direct result of the Gingrich-led Replublicant revolution of the last two decades.  In their attack on American government and society, they didn't make the destruction of civility a victim of collateral destruction, they purposefully aimed their scopes on it and blew it apart.  Talk about civilian casualties and war crimes!  The loss of civility and the extreme polarization in this country isn't because of strong disagreement.  (We've had strong disagreement in this country for a long time, and it's healthy.)  It's because of the long-term damage caused by these wingnuts.

As much as I loathe hearing Hastert complimented, Pelosi did the right thing.  And I think her comments are both fair and genuine.  We should use this to show swing voters (don't waste it on rightwingers) the contrast between civil Democratic leadership and polarized, take-no-enemies Republicant leadership.

I agree with GreginFL.  "Always praise your adversary before pushing under the bus."  Hmm, I think a bus is pulling up right now.

by Phonatic 2006-06-02 10:52PM | 0 recs


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