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May 22, 2009

Why Pelosi Must GO!

Dick Morris Unplugged - Bye Bye Pelosi. Commentary on Nancy Pelosi's slow destruction and inevitable demise.

And there is also this article at

The Hill


by Dick Morris

It’s obvious that either Leon Panetta, Obama’s head of the CIA, or Nancy Pelosi, his party’s Speaker of the House, has to go. No administration can tolerate a permanent, public civil war between two such high-ranking officials.

Especially when their disagreement stems not from issues of policy but from matters of veracity and credibility, the battle must end in one of their resignations. You cannot have the head of the nation’s first line of defense against terrorism calling the Speaker of the House a liar and being attacked by her in turn.

Obviously, Obama cannot fire Panetta. First of all, he just appointed him. And second, to cave in to Pelosi (D-Calif.) would earn him the massive disrespect and disapproval of the very operatives on whom he must depend to keep the nation safe.

Already skeptical of his leftist credentials, the analysts at the CIA would regard it as a massive vote of no confidence if their chief were fired for believing in them.

Like Clinton — whose draft-dodging made his relationship with the military problematic — Obama takes office amid reservations about him on the part of the intelligence community. He has taken pains to reach out to both the uniformed and white-collar intelligence officials to smooth his way and win their trust.

Panetta took over as CIA chief under the cloud of his agency’s distrust of the man who appointed him. Now he is standing firm for his agency and winning its loyalty and support.

Obama cannot pull the rug out from under him without incurring the agency’s permanent animosity. Before Sept. 11, 2001, that may have been an acceptable risk. Now it is not.

But Pelosi is expendable. The job of a Democratic Speaker is to pass the program of the Democratic president. Her ability and track record is measured on a scale of effectiveness. If she is ineffective, she’s not up to the job.

There is no way that Nancy Pelosi can be effective while she is engaged in a war of words with the Democratic head of the CIA.

House members have a shark’s instinct for blood in the water and know full well that satisfying Pelosi is likely to be an unrewarding occupation.

With House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) waiting in the wings, few congressmen would be willing to treat the IOUs from Pelosi they get for casting difficult votes as worth much more than Confederate currency.

Remember that Pelosi won by only 118-95 in her election as Speaker. Her support was not overwhelming to begin with. She is a movement liberal. Her political antecedents come from the McGovern wing of the party. She is a leftist/reformer. An insurgent.

But Hoyer is a regular Democrat. Representing a district in the D.C. suburbs of Maryland, he is almost a civil servant himself. He is no radical.

While he can be counted on to pass Obama’s programs like a good Democrat, he is not the kind of guy who will get out in front of the president to upstage or pressure him.

He will fit right in, unobtrusively backing the president. (Full disclosure: He’s a former client. Very former.)

Above all, Obama cannot allow the distraction and disruption of a feud between Speaker and CIA head to sow the image of an administration at war with itself.

The Speaker is the hired help. She exists to serve her president. And, right now, he needs this fight like he needs a hole in the head.

Wild Thing's comment........

Pelosi has made some BIG enemies so I honestly can't tell if the dems will throw her under the bus and the heck out ot Congress even or just let what she has done slide like they do all their other criminals.

I agree with Morris, she has to go and I don't think Obama likes her. heh heh That might make a difference in her having to leave too.

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at May 22, 2009 05:48 AM


Hoyer would be a breadth of fresh air, although he is a die hard democrat he has some good points at which point shines much brighter than San Fran Nan. I'd be willing to bet hs has the votes Now to win the position of Speaker.

She is floundering like a ship with a fouled anchor in a storm and her 'friends' have all left and there is no one to throw her a vest to save her political life. Her whole problem she keeps digging the hole deeper.

If she does survive, look out to the ones who abandoned her and that will be a lot of people. It should be interesting to see how this plays out.

I like the chaos in their party the more the better and better for the country. It would be no skin of my nose if they both went down with together.

Posted by: Mark at May 22, 2009 01:24 PM

Congress and the President are competing powers and pbo has no authority to get rid of her. Morris is talking as if he were pbo's paid consultant. From the point of view of a conservative, the cat fight that bogs down an inept government is great, as then they have less time to screw the country even more.

Posted by: Odin at May 22, 2009 04:43 PM

Mark, I agree, she is not one to forgive those
that did not stand up for her or even made
comments that were not loyal to her highness.
Me too Mark, I love when the dem party is all

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 22, 2009 11:57 PM

Odin, and the more the dems fight among
themselves the better for us. heh heh The
less time they have to give their stupid
bills they want to vote on.

Posted by: Wild Thing at May 23, 2009 12:00 AM