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Nancy Pelosi’s haunted chair

CNS News brings us news of a rather colorful anecdote related by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a meeting of the Women’s Political Committee, in which Pelosi claims to have been contacted by a number of otherworldly spirits while meeting then-President Bush at the White House:

As CNS News relates the story, this was not a casual, offhand comment about Pelosi feeling herself surrounded by great spirits from the past.  It’s a weirdly vivid narrative, which she has evidently been retelling, here and there, since a 2005 commencement speech:

In the video Pelosi says, “He’s (Bush) saying something to the effect of we’re so glad to welcome you here, congratulations and I know you’ll probably have some different things to say about what is going on–which is correct. But, as he was saying this, he was fading and this other thing was happening to me.”

“My chair was getting crowded in,” said Pelosi. “I swear this happened, never happened before, it never happened since.”

“My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn’t figure out what it was, it was like this,” she said.

“And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were,” said Pelosi. “More than I named and I could hear them say: ‘At last we have a seat at the table.’ And then they were gone.”

To get the obvious comment out of the way first, the Left would have an absolute field day with video of their favorite female Republican hate fetishes telling bizarrely specific stories about spirits climbing into their chairs and whispering their praises.  It’s the kind of story an outfit like Media Matters would “push” into mainstream network news coverage, and then into popular culture, until comedy shows regaled audiences with skits where a half-dozen ghosts in period costumes tried to climb into the lap of Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, or whoever.

But leaving Pelosi’s odd imagery aside, the actual point she’s trying to make is intellectually offensive.  She’s arrogantly portraying herself as the ultimate champion of an ancient tradition, the fulfillment of centuries’ worth of dreams, based on nothing but her sex.

As pro-life advocate Marjorie Dannenfelser pointed out, in a Washington Post op-ed linked by CNS News, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were strong opponents of abortion.  Anthony used the kind of language that would make Nancy Pelosi shriek in outrage, were it deployed against her Party or its Planned Parenthood paymasters today: “Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh, thrice guilty is he who… drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”

I would hazard a guess this has something to do with the reason Dannenfelser’s pro-life organization is called “The Susan B. Anthony List.”  If Anthony were around today, she’d be working with all of her might to defeat Nancy Pelosi, not celebrating her political achievements, especially since there are plenty of pro-life female Republican politicians Anthony could support instead.

Pelosi’s Democrat Party is implacably hostile to the pro-life view.  A while back, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz actually denied there were any pro-life Democrats at all, and had to be gently reminded by an interviewer that they really do exist.  One of them, Health Shuler of North Carolina, went on to run against Pelosi for the Minority Leader position after the 2010 elections.  I don’t want to play Pelosi’s game of filling out the ballots of the dead, but it seems at least debatable that Susan B. Anthony would have supported Shuler in that contest.  Instead, we’re supposed to accept that everything else she believed would be trumped by her over-riding sense of gender loyalty to female candidates, no matter what agenda they serve.

This totalitarian notion that people who belong to certain race or sexual groups all think alike, and regard liberal Democrat politicians who just happen to share comparable physical attributes as the pure avatars of their collective will, long ago passed its sell-by date.

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