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Nancy Of the Neighborhood, the Pelosi Political Girlhood in Baltimore

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Thomas Roberts had a in-depth and finely-accessed interview with former [and furure] House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in all kinds of forms, Tuesday.

Here are just a couple. With a documentarian for a daughter, and being 'on camera' for so much of her modern life, Pelosi may be loosening up on the cam cam confessional moments. And she hit Colbert in the NYC also. Too.

Those unguarded glimpses are rare, like the elusive and/or mythical palimpsest, hidden text, of medieval and magical manuscript repute … and they offer one quite a different angle on the woman who reached the highest seat in the American political system yet via her Speaker Chair.

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One down, two to go.

Roberts started his footage reveal on Way Too Early, we've already established that I adore Thomas, but Mika rubs me the wrong way five days a week. Then on to MJ.

At the end of the media experience, back at the Morning Joe Schmoe (blessedly absent) table, Roberts in real time in the 7:30 a.m. block asked Rep. Pelosi a phenomenal question about the problems at The Borders, in the wake of the news that Rick Perry is sending in the National Guard, Yee Haw, down in Texass.

Halperin pitched the political softballs. P-pew p-pew. Methinks the Speaker also too played softball in high school. In Baltimore.

The video footage that shows her softer side, walking around the old Charm City neighborhoods, are very illuminating. To think of Pelosi as one of those white be-gloved, fifties, early Mad Men Era 'political daughters' ... it's eye-popping. You also see strong Italian and Irish women in there, so it all makes perfect Lady Sense.

For fun and extra insights, Pelosi on Stephen Colbert last night, good timing.

Part 2.

Only Colbert gets those questions to land!

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Secret GOP Campaign Strategy Training Tape Revealed

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The Party of No

Have you ever wondered how the Republican Party got the name, the Party of No? Of course NOt. Ever wonder why winter is the GOP's favorite season? It has sNOw in it. Do you kNOw what word hurts the Grand Old Party the most? It's kNOwledge. That's because it contains a NO in it, but it can't be trusted It's the education exception to the NO rule. And don't get me started on the lack of NO in compassion or justice. These words just don't exist in the Republican world. NO way.

So where does this top secret GOP training video come from? People don't just wake up one day kNOwing NOthing. It's a studied science -- science, another NO-NO because it lacks -- that's right, you got it, a NO.

Well, fortunately we here at The Political Carnival have spies everywhere and we've, at great risk to life and limb, unearthed the secret Republican training film which was previously stored in the late Eric Cantor's office and tossed out with his sorry ass after his defeat last week. We're proud to present this NO NOnsense video so you'll better understand how Republicans gained their obstructionist ways. After you see this, you'll be saying 'NO' much more often. And if you say NO eNOugh, you'll have a chance someday to be NObody -- or as the Republicans call it, Speaker Of The House.

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House conservatives: Say buh-bye to Boehner

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According to House conservatives, we can wave bye-bye to the current Speaker of the House of Representatives, the one, the only John Boehner. Per The Hill, Boehner's been running around trying to convince everyone that he'll run for Speaker again after the November elections. Apparently, his credibility is shot, because those same House conservatives aren't buying it:

Conservative Reps. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) told reporters Tuesday that they didn’t believe Boehner would seek another term after the November midterm elections. [...]

The conservatives were asked to respond to a report that Boehner were hatching a plan to punish members who refused to vote for him on the floor in January, two years after a group of conservatives failed in their bid to deny him the 218 votes he needed to win a second term as Speaker.

Twelve members didn't vote for The Boehner for Speaker, including Labrador. Salmon did. In addition, awhile back Rep. Mo Brooks (Ala.) told The Hill he didn't expect Boehner to run this time around.

Boehner insists he has strong support, despite what House conservatives are saying. If only he were good at his job, one might give his opinion some credence. Rachel Maddow reached that conclusion way back in February 2011: Strong indications John Boehner is bad at his job.

And again  in December 2012: VIDEO: "John Boehner is, in fact, bad at his job." Sources say Paul Ryan may replace him.

So will House conservatives be proven right this time? And if so, who will be the next exasperating, anachronistic, white, male GOP speaker?

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I don't want to know

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GOP Are Not Climate Control Scientists, But Play One On TV

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Climate Change

When I have a medical problem, I seek out a doctor.

When I have a plumbing problem, I seek out a plumber.

When I have a tax problem, I seek out an accountant.

Crazy, no? So when the world has a scientific problem -- global warming and climate change -- who do we seek out? Scientists?

Hell no. Those lab coat wearing geeks never agree on anything. They're still too hung up on totally unproven theories of things like gravity,  radiation is bad for us, and that whopper of whoppers, we're a product of evolution, not creationism.  The answers lie not in our stars (sorry Nancy and Ronald Reagan) but in faith-based ideologues who can be trusted. Seers. Prophets. Clairvoyants. We need to seek the truth from our elected officials -- GOP congressmen and GOP senators. If anyone understands ancient history, it's those who still live in it.

According to their right-wing, conservative agenda and their political party planks, we know that even God comes to them for guidance, and not the other way around. These climate guys in the GOP (sorry ladies, you're really only tokens under their tent) aren't like those crazy whacked out communist Democratic liberal egg-heads. Republicans don't waste their time with evidence, facts or even scientific theory. The GOP just plain knows. And when you know something comes from the GOP, that trumps every other form of evidence. Period.

So, grab your bible and your gun, sit down and listen to the real pros. Here's the true geniuses and guardians of our future, all in one video, assuring us we can relax. We're not in any danger. Nothing needs to be done. Phhhw. Damn, those scientists had me scared there for a minute:

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Republicans Spank Boehner And This Time He Really Does Cry

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The tail didn't wag the dog yesterday, it took a bite out of its ass, and good. The Republican Conservative movement bared their teeth and took a chunk out of the backside of the head canine. In plain speak, John Boehner got what's left of his ample ass shredded, then handed to him.

We all remember this:

Well, after yesterday's meeting with the Republican Caucus, the pit bull, who masquerades  as Speaker of the House by day and lifts his hind leg and pees on social issues by night, did his little poop on command in front of the cameras yesterday to tell America a new story.

THE HILL:

“You all know me. You tease the ones you love, all right? But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is that the American people don’t trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass.” 

Oh, you big kidder, John Boehner. We should have known you were just pulling our leg. Your own people should have known better, too. You love to joke and cajole behind closed doors. We get it.

Well, ask Mitt Romney how easy it is to live down hidden video. America is going to hear your two-faced agenda over and over again and question what your own party thinks of the Conservative movement. If their own leader thinks they're babies, what's America's voting public to think of them?

A majority of the public wants immigration reform, and they now have heard the House Top Dog say it's not going to happen. And your deflection on why you won't let it happen is that it's Obama's fault. He can't be trusted. Is this country going to believe a crybaby like yourself or the man who's proven he is trying to get things done despite your lies and obstruction?

This isn't going to fly outside those who hated Obama before he even started to serve. But they may hate you and the Republican party even more when they find out you've led the charge to defeat immigration reform, promoted the government shutdown, and halted any movement on minimum wage, fought to keep women from self-determination over their own bodies, all while bringing to the floor 50+ 'go nowhere' votes on stopping health care reform.

You may think Democrats have a lot to answer for in November. But right now, you're own party doesn't trust you. And that stink is going to wash over many of your Republican cronies. You're not a leader. You're a stinker. And that stench starts at the head.

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A Populace Pump For Electile Dysfunction

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Electile Dysfunction

It doesn't get much funnier than this -- and what candidate hasn't worried at one time or another of suffering from "ELECTILE DYSFUNCION?" This one may actually give you a boner, er, Boehner. See if the orange-tinged House Speaker knows the difference as his opponent seeks to pump up the votes against him.

From Raw Story:

House Speaker John Boehner’s Tea Party challenger in the Ohio Republican primary, J.D. Winteregg, released a parody advertisement today that accuses the speaker of suffering from “Electile Dysfunction.”

The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC decided to back Winteregg after internal polling revealed that only 25 percent of Rep. Boehner’s constituents favored him over a generic Tea Party challenger. The PAC initiated a “two-pronged approach” similar to the one that Scott Brown used to catapult him into office: a dedicated “ground game” on the local front coupled with a national fundraising campaign.

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Boehner Might Be Placed on Suicide Watch

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Suicide Prevention Boehner

If you or I threaten to kill ourselves, it's not uncommon for concerned friends of relatives to band together and put the disturbed on a suicide watch. It's for their own safety. After all, committing suicide is not only a crime, but it's a loss of a valuable life. Despite the despair one goes through, suicide should not be an viable solution. But do the Republicans care? Truth is they actually haven't for years. Now their Speaker of the House is a case in point:

Now whether John Boehner is a man of his word remains to be seen. His record is iffy at best. But he has publicly spoken out against the passage of raising the minimum wage. And he's actually threatened to keep it from a vote. And he has said he'd rather commit suicide than take that action.

As reported by The HILL:

“I’ll commit suicide before I vote on a clean minimum-wage bill,” Boehner, then the head of the House Republican Conference, said at the time.

Now to be fair, he made this threat two minimum wage increases ago and has yet to act on it. The common wisdom is that people who talk about killing themselves are less likely to actually go through with it -- they're looking for attention. But the GOP head honcho has gone public with his threat, and rumors (mine) are that he must be watched carefully as the Democrats are about to circulate a discharge petition, which would force a floor vote on increasing the minimum wage. If it goes through, watch out. We may have the Tea Party holding Boehner to his words and force him to do what he's threatened -- kill himself.

Not that Democrats or Tea Party members would care if Boehner were to martyr himself by taking his life for political reasons, but I think the message it sends would not be a good one. If you can't win, kill yourself.

Do I take the Speaker at his word that he's actually going to act upon his threat? Hell no! But it does make you think that this is just more fake posturing on the ineffective Speaker's part. One more in a long line of hollow threats.

So, Republicans, if you care about Boehner's continuing in office, or even living, maybe now's the time to force the leader out of his office for medical and mental purposes. You can replace him with someone more stable... if you can find someone. In your dysfunctional, fractured party a sane replacement could be hard to find

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