Late Night Open Thread: Nancy Not Smash — Just Yet

A little Masshole self-indulgence, here. Per Janet Wu at Boston’s WCVB (Ch.5), “Pelosi not taking sides in special election“:

BOSTON —House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday sidestepped questions about the special democratic US Senate primary between two of her colleagues.

Pelosi was in Boston to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the family medical leave act.

Most of those attending the event were Democrats and union organizers. They were surprised to learn Pelosi, a prolific fundraiser, wasn’t here to raise money. Neither Markey nor Lynch were invited to the event.

Asked why she wasn’t weighing in on this race, Pelosi avoided answering directly.

“Senator — oh, ah, Congressman Markey has been the lead on issues that relate to health care and climate change and job creation,” said Pelosi. “Mr. Lynch has been interested in our national security and the rest.”

It was widely reported when she was House Speaker that she and Lynch, the only member of the New England delegation to vote against Obama Care, exchanged harsh words just before the vote in 2010…

Well, a lady’s allowed to have a preference, even if she’s pragmatic about working with whichever Democrat takes the seat after June 25th. Video at the link.

First televised debate(s) scheduled for this Wednesday — half an hour for the two Democrats, followed by half an hour for the three Republicans. I’m not planning to liveblog, but I’ll let you know if any “news”is made — in other words, if one or another candidate embarrasses himself. Primary voting at the end of April, and then the locals can concentrate on making sure that Ed Markey (probably, hopefully) moves up to the Senate and helps return Speaker Pelosi in 2014!

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  1. 1
    YoohooCthulhu says:

    The straight way that article was reported compared with the pretty obvious shiv she gave to Lynch is a thing of beauty. “National security and the rest?”

  2. 2
    Yutsano says:

    “Senator — oh, ah, Congressman Markey has been the lead on issues that relate to health care and climate change and job creation,” said Pelosi. “Mr. Lynch has been interested in our national security and the rest.”

    This is polite nonna speak. Reading in between the lines she clearly makes a preference here, but she also knows she’ll have to work with one of them and it might be the asshole.

  3. 3
    Another Halocene Human says:

    I’ve already had to get smart on facebook with some Lynch supporters. SCUM.

  4. 4
    TheMightyTrowel says:

    @Yutsano: I don’t think there are many lines to read between. When you ‘accidentally’ refer to one candidate as senator and fail to use the actual title of the other that’s a pretty straightforward reading in front of the lines

    Also, for good measure, FY Rep Lynch.

  5. 5
    Another Halocene Human says:

    Excuse me, SMAAAHHT.

  6. 6
    ruemara says:

    Here’s an OT topic. I gave up on dealing with one of my wingnut friends, a woman I truly think the world of otherwise, because she’s gone down the crapper since she married the stereotypical conservative public sector worker who hates government handouts. The posting of one of those memes pictures about how government gives out millions in food stamps, yet when you go to the zoo(!), you’re told not to feed the animals(!) blah, blah. You know, I wonder why people don’t read these things and think about how it sounds. I’m sure if she or her children ever needed food stamps it would be just and fully earned.

  7. 7
    Suffern ACE says:

    On the important issue of Maryanne and the Professor, Nancy concedes that Lynch is best.

  8. 8
    Soonergrunt says:

    @Yutsano: Yeah. Nancy didn’t answer the question of who she supported directly, but she sure as hell answered.

  9. 9
    Another Halocene Human says:

    @ruemara: I always gently let other white people who “test” me with shit like this know that my empathic circle includes Black people (or Jews, etc). I sometimes even pull out the “how would you feel?” card if I think they will listen. Depending on the person I might trot out widely accepted facts that blow up their prejudiced notions. Usually it discourages them from continuing to make prejudiced comments to my face. I want them to know that not all white people are down with the race conspiracy or whatever it is.

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    Alison says:

    @ruemara:

    I’m sure if she or her children ever needed food stamps it would be just and fully earned.

    Yup. It’s always DIFFERENT when it’s them. It’s like the old joke about anti-choicers getting abortions. “The only exceptions I believe in are rape, incest, and mine.”

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    Yutsano says:

    @TheMightyTrowel: It’s JUST ENOUGH plausible deniability. If by some strange happenstance she has to work with Lynch she can just shrug it off as no hard feelings. But oh yeah she definitely expressed her preference.

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    butler says:

    @ruemara: I know the exact meme, I saw it posted in my feed by someone with a comment to the effect that “I used this lesson to teach my kids the importance of self sufficiency”. This is a person who was well educated at public expense and gainfully employed by the government for many years. His kids are one stay at home part time student at a public university who has never had to support himself and one special needs child who in all likelihood will never be able to support himself. I’m amazed the irony didn’t crash the FB servers.

  13. 13
    ruemara says:

    @Another Halocene Human: I strongly doubt she’s a racist. In fact, I think for her this is just that all people who use Obamacare and get food stamps or Medicare are leeches. Except for a small few who are in need, everyone else is just a criminal. It’s the echo chamber of internet right wingism. And frankly, as someone who put herself through college and has desperately needed food stamps, even the pittance of 63$ a month that I was eligible for and cannot even qualify for them now-I really intensely am hurt to be called a zoo animal leech by people who travel every couple of months and have never had a missed meal or failed to buy themselves what they want, when they want it.

    @butler: And once again, if they did ever need help, it would be deserved. All y’all moochers never earned it, but we’re innocent victims of life!

  14. 14
    max says:

    @Yutsano: Reading in between the lines she clearly makes a preference here, but she also knows she’ll have to work with one of them and it might be the asshole.

    Well, actually, it’ll probably be Markey that wins but she’ll still have to work with Lynch either way. (It’s not that she doesn’t have a dog in this fight – it’s that she’s got both dogs in this fight, even if one of them is a blue dog.)

    then the locals can concentrate on making sure that Ed Markey (probably, hopefully) moves up to the Senate and helps return Speaker Pelosi in 2014!

    Probably. Very likely. Need to send more money.

    max
    [‘Looks good though.’]

  15. 15
    The Dangerman says:

    @Suffern ACE:

    On the important issue of Maryanne and the Professor…

    The Professor was worthless; he could make crude devices from coconuts and must have created some kind of birth control for the Island, but couldn’t fix the fucking hole in the boat.

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    Alison says:

    BTW if any West coast Game of Thrones fans are here, Peter Dinklage on the Daily Show tonight! :)

  17. 17

    @The Dangerman: That whole show is a great example of the “Idiot Plot“.

  18. 18
    Liquid says:

    It’s time like this I almost miss ol’ Pumpkinhead. Instead we have his smirking progeny breaking things on MSNBC.

  19. 19
    Shalimar says:

    @Yutsano: The loser remains in the House, so she has to work with Lynch again anyway.

  20. 20
    Todd says:

    Srsly? Meet the Republicans resurrects the public side of Ralph Fucking Reed?

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/johnst.....re-the-bes

    During his Meet the Press appearance, Reed, who is one of the original architects of the culture wars of the 1990s and remains one of the leaders of the social conservative movement in the United States, said, “The verdict of social science is overwhelming and irrefutable, and that is without regards to straight or gay,” that biological, two-parent homes are the best environment for children.

  21. 21
    raven says:

    @Todd: My tenant is on a Ralph Reed scholarship at UGA. He assured me he has nothing in common with Reed.

  22. 22
    Dan says:

    Nightriders.

  23. 23

    @Todd:

    “biological two parent homes…”

    Another forced birther who doesn’t even accept adoption among straights. Those sluts must raise their kids to be suitably punished.

  24. 24
    kay2 says:

    @Todd:

    That “biological” will be persuasive to Justice Roberts, don’t you think?

    I’m sure an adoptive father is very open to the idea that “biological” families are better than adoptive families.

    Might be time to send Ralph back to laundering casino kickbacks.

  25. 25
    JPL says:

    @The Other Bob: Why not argue against divorce then?

  26. 26
    Todd says:

    @The Other Bob:

    Those sluts must raise their kids to be suitably punished.

    “Christian Family Values Conservatism” is all about making other people suffer in order to prove your fealty to the leaders of your apocalyptic death cult, said cult having been born from the oral myths of a semiliterate tribe of Bronze Age goatherds.

  27. 27
    Todd says:

    @JPL:

    @The Other Bob: Why not argue against divorce then?

    Oh, they do. They’d love to force people to live in misery while the leaders and funders of the cult live in a state of perpetual hypocrisy. If you notice, they redouble when caught, finding the salvific grace and forgiveness blah blah blah….

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    Sister Rail Gun of Warm Humanitarianism says:

    @Litlebritdifrnt on last night’s open thread: Have you checked cpap.com? Regardless of where you get the CPAP, keep a copy of the prescription. You’ll need it to buy certain consumables from other, cheaper vendors than the one your insurance uses.

  29. 29
    Suffern ACE says:

    @Todd: hmmm. The part of his bio where he almost went to jail with Jack Abramoff seems always to be left out of that bio.

  30. 30

    @Todd:

    “Christian Family Values Conservatism” is all about making other people suffer in order to prove your fealty to the leaders of your apocalyptic death cult, said cult having been born from the oral myths of a semiliterate tribe of Bronze Age goatherds.

    You sir are my quote of the day.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @The Other Bob:

    As far as I can tell, the scientific literature does indicate that, in general, having a two-parent home is better for raising children than a single-parent home since two parents can divide the work up between themselves. Obviously, this is not to bash any of the single parents out there, most of whom would probably say that it would be much easier to raise their kids if they had a second adult to help out.

    As far as I can tell there is no — zero — evidence that those two parents have to be a heterosexual couple, or have to be the biological parents of the children.

  32. 32
    Ted & Hellen says:

    Nancy Impeachment Is Off the Table Smash.

    Never forget.

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