COMMENTARY | House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is given to saying alarming things. Townhall offers a video of the Democratic leader claiming that a “Republican friend” told her that, in effect, House Republicans hates starving children.
People might be forgiven for wondering if this person who is alleged to have informed Pelosi of this shocking revelation, which just happens to have been the feature of a thousand Democratic campaign commercials, even exists. Someone as hyper partisan as Pelosi is not likely to have any friends across the aisle. She does not strike one as being broad minded enough to regard any Republican, even a moderate, as a human being, not to speak of as a friend.
The statement is a political tactic as old as politics. No doubt during the early age of classical Greece, as Athens was running one of the first democracies, Aristides was making speeches about how “a friend told him” that his political rival Themistocles was hell bent on a ruinous war with the Persian Empire.
Pelosi’s statement is not meant to try to persuade anyone who is yet to believe that Republicans want kids to starve. Her purpose is to rile up the liberal base, those low information voters who are sure that the GOP have horns and a tail. They need to be riled up because Democratic fortunes in 2014 depend upon how many liberals will be persuaded to go to the polls in November. If not enough, having been dispirited due to Obamacare and the persistent economic malaise, do so, then the nightmare of a Republican senate will plague the last two years of the Obama administration.
Pelosi can be confident that the vast majority of the media will let her get away with this behavior. There will be few if any shouted questions demanding the identity of the “Republican friend.” If a Republican were to behave in a similar matter, say by claiming that a “Democratic friend” claimed that Democrats want more people to lose their jobs, the better to be dependent on the government, it would be a different matter, of course.