Christmas in June

Just when you think the news cannot get any weirder, footage leaks out of Nancy Pelosi going off on some strange stream of consciousness talking about “The Word” (H/T to Edgeoforever and Stateofdisbelief for bringing my attention to this bizarre comment from the Speaker):

From McClatchy’s Washington Bureau:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s favorite word is The Word.

“It covers everything. The Word. Fill it in with anything you want,” she told the Catholic Community Conference last month in Washington. In remarks reported by, and confirmed by her staff, Pelosi, a Catholic, explained how those religious views help guide her public policy.

“They ask me all the time. What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that?” she said, “and one time, what is your favorite word? And I said, ‘My favorite word. That is really easy. My favorite word is The Word, is the Word.’ And that is everything; it says it all for us.”

She continued how “we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be keeping with the values of The Word.” Her voice growing soft, Pelosi asked, “Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it?”

Pelosi quotes the Bible, “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”

What that means, she says, is “the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”

Someone please explain to me how Pelosi and her merry band of Democrats are the sane, rational ones there to protect us from the apocalypse that would ensue if theocratic flakes like Sarah Palin were running the country. Because hearing Pelosi keep repeating “The Word” over and over again like she’s Oprah peddling The Secret — that really isn’t doing the trick.

What is Pelosi even saying above? It’s gibberish to me. All I know is she is reminding me of Huckabee wanting to change the Constitution to be more like the bible:

Rawstory, January 2008:

“I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution,” Huckabee told a Michigan audience on Monday. “But I believe it’s a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living god. And that’s what we need to do — to amend the Constitution so it’s in God’s standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”

Sadly, looking at Pelosi’s recent comments, it seems as though she thought Huckabee had the basic idea right and just made the mistake of bringing up the Constitution.

I know the Obama party is hell-bent on courting the younger fundies, but what ever happened to good old religious freedom and separation of church and state?

At any rate, here’s “The Wørd” from Stephen Colbert, on Christmas in June and other things sacrilegious:

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7 Responses

  1. I do think Pelosi is bat-shit crazy, with senile dementia. (Every time I see Pelosi, I can’t help thinking of Geraldine Chaplin in “Home for the Holidays” with her necklace made of fruit loops.)

    But from a theological standpoint, Pelosi’s understanding of the concept of “The Word” is quite correct. If it still sounds bizarre to you, take that up with Christianity, not Nancy.

    And, while Pelosi expressed a belief that BO was sent to us from God, there is a chasm of difference between Pelosi ‘preaching to the converted’, her fellow Catholics, in a Catholic venue, on Catholic issues, and Huckabee trying to impose his religious views on our government. Now, Huckabee has a right to try and change the Constitution, but it will be over my dead body.

    Don’t get me started about the potential for a president who believes that the Prophets More-Own-I and More-Mon-ey appeared in a closet in Upstate NY.

  2. Pelosi starts out rambling oddly as if people are just running around asking her what’s her favorite word all the time, and then she devolves from there. I don’t see the point in taking that up with Christianity. If Palin had made the exact same comments, regardless of which setting she’d made them in, it would be a national scandal du jour.

    I wouldn’t have even have commented on this story at all if Pelosi had left the words “public policy” out–but she didn’t, and that’s why it reminded me of Huckabee. If they can’t keep it separated from government, the difference between Pelosi’s Word and Huckabee’s is trivial to me.

    These religious texts are like all human texts. They are imperfect, and the “values” expounded within any of them– whether interpreted literally or figuratively–don’t mean anything to me if we can’t value the humanity right in front of us. I really don’t think the original DFH Jesus would be all that happy to see the corporate welfare policies that Democrats are pushing these days.

  3. (continued)

    The HCR bill was written by K-Street and facilitated by a C-Street power play which Pelosi was very much an instrumental player in. Pelosi sold out women and the American people BOTH, allowing public policy to be negotiated on the backs of women while the public option was bargained away. We didn’t get the “help thy neighbor” policy, but women’s rights were used as a bargaining chip, and insurance companies got an expanded market.

    The Democrats campaign as if they are the party of women and the party of the people, but really they are just as anti-women and anti-social welfare as the GOP. In light of her deeds, Pelosi’s spouting off about the word isn’t any different to me than any other conservadud’s religious pandering.

  4. Of course it’s creepy and borderline senile. If Palin had said it the Progs would be all over her like flies on shit, but talking about Pelosi’s creepy religo talk would lead to a discussion acknowledging how for to the right the Dems have gone since 2006 and how they (the progs) are primarily to blame, and we can’t have that.

  5. “If Palin had made the exact same comments, regardless of which setting she’d made them in, it would be a national scandal du jour.”

    ” If Palin had said it the Progs would be all over her like flies on shit,”

    True dat. It’s hypocritical beyond belief.

    I’m an atheist, but I have no problem if public figures (Pelosi, Palin – Carter) draw on their faith as a moral compass to direct their public actions. I think that’s what I hear — between the batty repetitions — Nancy saying. Private compass, public policy. Huckabee and his ilk want to make his private religion our public law. There’s a difference.

  6. I don’t have problem with public figures drawing on their personal beliefs to privately navigate their decision-making. Hell, I don’t even mind them discussing how their faith is personally important to them. But the issue here is a Dem in a leadership position allowing herself to be filmed pandering about The Word like it’s everyone’s word. The Democratic party cannot credibly suggest itself as an alternative to the Huckabees if they’re going to just be the 2% less evil option.

    Also, Pelosi really isn’t all that different from Huckabee–she was a key figure in enabling the Stupakistan mess.

  7. ” if they’re going to just be the 2% less evil option.”

    Not just that even — Pelosi is a hero of the Great Prog Patriotic War, but they develop a convenient blind spot when she talks like an evangelical. As we all agreed above, Palin would’ve been tarred & feathered in the headlines for the exact same comments. (Like a fake horoscope, it’d be fun to read Pelosi’s comments to a prog, but say it was Palin, and see their reaction, then — Psych!)

    ” pandering about The Word like it’s everyone’s word. ”

    Those who believe in The Word are CERTAIN it was given by God to everyone, and woe to those who ignore it. I personally find such hubris offensive. But are we ready to declare that you cannot be an evangelical christian AND a liberal / a democrat? That’s almost, but not always the case, but … is it written in stone?

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