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Posted on Oct 16, 2007

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explains to a persistent Arianna Huffington why the Democrats haven’t yet cut off funds for the war, why Mitt Romney isn’t going to be the next president and why she opposes a war tax: “This war has to end. I don’t want any accommodation made to pay for it or to prolong it.”

Watch highlights and the full interview here.


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By lawlessone, October 19, 2007 at 9:50 am Link to this comment
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Yes, Pelosi and the entire crew of Democrats in Congress are incompetent, lazy, gutless and naive.  The entire pack deserves to be fired.

We do occasionally need to keep in mind though that there is a critical difference between the Democrats in office and the Republicans.  The former merely deserve to be fired.  The latter deserve to be jailed.

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By WTFisWrongUSA, October 18, 2007 at 11:09 am Link to this comment
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The American Dream is live and well. My best uncle who works for United Airlines has no pension. Raises/bonuses have been cut at my company for the last 5 years. I am single, and on every check , I am see over 25% of my pay going to taxes, while the rich pay a meager 15% or so.  I was recently a victim of harassment calls because I am gay, and the police said they could not help me because my lifestyle has the probability of having many anonymous sexual encounters with different men. Basically saying this is my fault. I can’t afford to travel internationally because the dollar has basically disappeared overseas. THE AMERICAN DREAM IS ALIVE AND WELL – FOR WHO NANCY! FOR WHO????

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By ByTheSeaInWaState, October 17, 2007 at 10:59 pm Link to this comment
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I’m so disgusted with ALL the games in politics - both sides. If Obama gets the nomination, we MIGHT have some change. If not, it will be the same ol same ol. He’s not perfect, but a huge improvement. If Hillary gets the nomination, I’m voting Republican just to send a message. Or maybe I’ll quit voting altogether. I’m not convinced “we the people’ have any power left. Most days both parties look like mirror images. I work full time in lower management and can BARELY pay my bills. Wages are frozen and everything else is rising. I used to believe “we” could change things, I’m not convinced anymore. Pelosi and Reid are huge disappointments. What is it going to take to put America’s future back in OUR hands? If voting can’t do it, where does that leave us? Yes, I feel betrayed.

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By cann4ing, October 17, 2007 at 10:30 pm Link to this comment

Frank Cajon, they staged a coup seven years ago, first in Florida when a group of Republican Congressional staffers did they best to imitate Nazi brownshirts when they busted into the Miami-Dade canvassing center, roughing up its staff and bring the recount to a halt.  That recount never started up again thanks to a judicial coup staged by five Republican-appointed members of the Supreme Court.  As an attorney of 30 years and life-long student of Constitutional law, there is no other way that I can fairly describe the twisted judicial opinion that emerged from Bush v. Gore.

The interesting thing is that the votes the Gore team focused on didn’t even scratch the surface of the level of fraud required to throw the election to Bush.  While the ballots at issue in Miami-Dade might have provided a narrow victory, they do not begin to account for the vast, 437,000 vote discrepancy between the exit-polls and the official account, a discrepancy that can only be explained by illegal tampering with electronic voting, both touch screen DREs and optical scanners—and none of that takes into account the more than 55,000 innocent and otherwise eligible African-American voters who were electronically purged from Florida’s computerized voter rolls by Katherine Harris and Choice Point.

The beginning of our present malaise was not 9/11.  It was Florida 2000.

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By Frank Cajon, October 17, 2007 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

Memo to Nancy: If you aren’ part of the solution you are part of the problem. Pelosi, Reid, the Democratic leadership in both houses is pointless, and the GOP are a bunch of lock-step sheep backing the play of the madmen who have coopted the country. The executive branch and its fascist leadership have a dictatorship without having to stage a coup. And the black hole we stare into is an election in 13 months between more of the same corporate cutouts, puppets who will keep us in a Mideast War, pillage our natural resources, and mortgage our country’s financial future by raising the national debt past the $10 trillion mark.

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By cann4ing, October 17, 2007 at 4:33 pm Link to this comment

Ariana is a sucker for powerful women the same way Pelosi is a sucker for powerful men.  Does anyone remember the admiring glances Nancy directed at dubya during the last State of the Union Address?  All that was missing back then was Nancy exclaiming, “Long live Big Brother!”

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By cyrena, October 17, 2007 at 3:57 pm Link to this comment

OK, I watched the whole video, (the 19 minutes). Don’t know why I punished myself that way, since the clips were bad enough. Just want to be totally up to speed I guess, when making judgment calls.

And, nothing’s changed. She’s as bad as I realized from day one of 2007, when she became the Speaker, and officially took impeachment ‘off the table’.

What’s up with her ‘eyes’? Does she have invisible toothpicks in them? Looks like she’s in a state of permanent shock.

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By Fools on the Hill, October 17, 2007 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment
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What a fluff interview.  A waste of time to watch.  Arianna should stick with celebrity scandals.

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By loveinatub, October 17, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

I did not understand the point of this interview given that Huffington did not point blank ask: Why aren’t the Democrats stopping funding for the Iraqi occupation???

We didn’t hear the question and we didn’t even get answer from Pelosi!  This was a retarded interview and shame on Huffington for not even asking the tough questions!

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By Cynthia, October 17, 2007 at 5:06 am Link to this comment
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Polosi’s face looks exactly like mine every time she caves for Bush.

She and Huffington appear to be 2 peas from the same pod. Disgraceful

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 17, 2007 at 4:51 am Link to this comment

#107702 by Christopher on 10/17 at 3:33 am: “...Arianna could barely contain her adoration for Pelosi and Arianna looked like she was dying to get through her softball questions so that she and Nancy could go to Ivy and have a martini….”

Go to the last video - it runs for 19 minutes and is the full interview, Christopher. The rest were just clips.

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By Harry, October 17, 2007 at 4:42 am Link to this comment
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I totally agree with some of the comments.  At a time when we need strong leadership in the House, we get Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, both of whom seem to be unfit for (or unwilling to perform) their roles.  They’ve allowed the Texas Twit and his gang of thieves to continue to run amok over the congress, the country, and the world.  When will they show some guts (or possibly intelligence) and impeach this clown before he causes more damage!

I’ve been a life-long Democrat, but after seeing what’s going on (or, more accurately, what’s NOT going on) in Congress, I’m ready to switch to a third party.

Oh, by the way, you know how everyone says “Write to your congressman if you want action?”  Well, I wrote to Nancy Pelosi (as Speaker and not as a CA constituent) and never even got the courtesy of a form-letter response.  GO DEMS!!

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By Christopher, October 17, 2007 at 4:33 am Link to this comment
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A couple of wealthy, white chicks talking. Very insightful.

Reminds me of an Amway convention for top producers.

Arianna could barely contain her adoration for Pelosi and Arianna looked like she was dying to get through her softball questions so that she and Nancy could go to Ivy and have a martini.

What a joke.

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By Douglas Chalmers, October 16, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

At some stage, Bush’s veto-ing abilities have to be brought to an end!!!

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By cann4ing, October 16, 2007 at 9:26 pm Link to this comment

Give me a break.  You don’t “support the troops” by continuing to provide the funds need for Bush to leave them in harm’s way.  You betray them!

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By Alejandro, October 16, 2007 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment
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The niceities aside. What a bore. If this is the best that the Dems. can do (pass non-binding resolutions) to stop the madness; There is no leadership in congress, only sycophants. A pax on all of them and Nancy Pelosi; you should resign and comitt sepuku as far as I’m concerned. But,that would take courage. Fat chance…

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By driving bear, October 16, 2007 at 7:27 pm Link to this comment

When talking about Pelosi and the Democrats in congress is just me or the words of the rock band the Who come to mind
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

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By cyrena, October 16, 2007 at 5:57 pm Link to this comment

#107419 by Mark A. Goldman

•  One can only imagine that she agreed to the interview as long as that Arianna would agree to be nice.  And so she was.  Now everybody is nice except that George doesn’t have to be.

Based on everyone’s comments, we appear to all be mostly in agreement. But, that would in fact add to our problems. Because….it means we need to IMPEACH Nancy too!!

And, I agree with Mark. Arianna must have agreed to ‘be nice’ (and ask stupid questions) in order to get Nancy to address her subjects. What a shame about her not getting enough sleep. I wonder how many other folks working 3 part time jobs and trying to raise families might get?

She mentioned that she was against this war from the beginning, because there was no intelligence indicating that Iraq was a ‘threat”. Well, we’ve KNOWN THAT for 6 years!! Where the hell has SHE been?

I suspect it’s long past time to take Nancy OFF THE TABLE.

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By Don Stivers, October 16, 2007 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Impeach the President and the Vice President!  Do that and YOU, Nancy Pelosi would be President and YOU could bring the troops home!!!!!

Your “hard” words do nothing.  DO something!  DO IT NOW!!!!!

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By Christie, October 16, 2007 at 5:16 pm Link to this comment

“This war has to end. I don’t want any accommodation made to pay for it or to prolong it.”

How about voting against funding it the next time an “emergency appropriations” bill comes up. If you ask me, 190 billion dollars is quite accommodating.

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By Mark A. Goldman, October 16, 2007 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

There are two entries for me here (now 3) because when I looked at the comments a little before 10AM my 6:22AM comment was not here.  So I submitted another one, this time after logging in.  I didn’t know there would be a 3 1/2 hour delay if I wrote something as an unregistered commenter.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

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By thomas billis, October 16, 2007 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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Impeachment off the table.Condemnation of Turkey for Armenian geniocide in 1915 on the table.I hear the Senate is taking up the Missouri Compromise.Just before they review the Kansas Nebraska Act.Good thing their is no current crisis in America.

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By Mark A. Goldman, October 16, 2007 at 11:08 am Link to this comment

I can only assume that Arianna agreed before the interview to be nice and not ask Pelosi about impeachment.  When Pelosi took her oath of office she agreed to preserve and protect the Constitution.  By taking impeachment off the table, she betrayed her oath of office.  Impeachment is the only real power available that can check a President who has run amuck in pursuit of undermining the Constitution for his own purposes.  Arianna brought up the idea that maybe some women are too nice to make hard deciisons and fight the good fight.  Well Arianna proved her point.  Both these women were very very nice.  I’m sure Bush enjoys watching girls softball… a lot more than I do.

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By levi civita, October 16, 2007 at 10:40 am Link to this comment
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I pray for Pelosi’s impeachment.

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By mark, October 16, 2007 at 10:11 am Link to this comment
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There appears to be only one reason why Pelosi can’t move the Iraq War funding to the budget and open to debate. Who wouldn’t want to debate contracts for Haliburton or Blackwater.
The reason is Nancy and Harry wouldn’t be able to control their own members’ votes.

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By Mudwollow, October 16, 2007 at 10:07 am Link to this comment

Did she say “I’m a pretty slug” at the very beginning of the interview? Only 461 more days left to impeach George Bush you pretty slug you.

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By dick, October 16, 2007 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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Pelosi is one of the power elite. The power elite want continuous war; it is profitable and allows total control of the masses. Thus, the next president will be another much like Bush, but worse.

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By Kevin, October 16, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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If she really wants to stop Bush and Cheney, why doesn’t she propose Impeachment?

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By mary, October 16, 2007 at 7:32 am Link to this comment

Nancy Pelosi may be a fine leader, just not now, maybe another time.  Harry Reid is also the wrong person for his job right now.  It’s painful to watch the Democratic Party trip over the pile of shit in the White House.  I can’t help but wonder what’s in the water in DC, it’s got to be the water.  Another reason for term limits…...

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By Mark A. Goldman, October 16, 2007 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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Apparently Arianna is also a little too nice to do her job.  When you take impeachment off the table you are saying, “Oh please play nice.  If you don’t, I’ll be very disappointed.”  Pelosi doesn’t have the right to give away her power. Wielding that power is her job. She was elected to exercise the power that was entrusted to her in defense of the Constitution.  One can only imagine that she agreed to the interview as long as that Arianna would agree to be nice.  And so she was.  Now everybody is nice except that George doesn’t have to be.

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