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Say What? Nancy Pelosi Knows Her Place

"They really don't understand how inappropriate that is. I'm in my place. I'm the Speaker of the House, the first woman Speaker of the House. And I'm in my place because the House of Representatives voted me there. But that language is something I haven't even heard in decades."

— Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi stood up for herself yesterday, after the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) said General Stanley McChrystal should "put her in her place" for her views about the war in Afghanistan.

The NRCC subsequently responded to Pelosi's dismissal of its loaded language saying: "She's playing out of her league and she knows it." (Um, wow.) Hopefully the NRCC can go back to disagreeing with the substance of Nancy Pelosi's opinions, instead of criticizing her for having them in the first place.

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Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
And I hate that just because a man says something to a woman people automatically start assuming it's sexism.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
Tres - I've heard that term "knowing your place", "being put in your place" etc. used in many ways besides with women and people of color. I've heard parents using it with their own children for example. I've always heard it used in the sense that a person is letting another person know that he isn't as important as he thinks he is. It's a way of humbling a person (or attempting to) or correcting them. That's how I've always heard it used.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Ah! That was horrible grammar. That's what I get for posting from my phone!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Tres, I guess we'll have to agree to disagree, because I feel what you just said as well as the fact that you chose not to include the entire comment is more. Telling of your preconceived idea than of the NRCC.
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 7 years
Hey lilkimbo, I think that what's "inherently sexist" is not necessarily the critique that she may not be up to snuff to talk about military matters. Anyone could get that critique. The problem is the language — with who else but women and people of color is the idea of "knowing your place" used? Their rhetoric betrays their sexism, in my opinion. A woman's place is in the home, etc.
Jules1976 Jules1976 7 years
I really can't stand that woman. As far as I'm concerned, she should have no place in our government. She's an idiot, and I'm glad someone finally called her on it.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
Despite my personal feelings toward the Speaker which aren't so flattering I do agree that the comment was way out of line and sexist.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
Kimbo, I see your point. I think the comments could have been more thoroughly explained or better worded, but I get it.
urban-chic-101 urban-chic-101 7 years
Full context of quotes do wonders. NRCC is correct, she is out of her league with her military knowledge. Way to overact and thanks for making this something its really not.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
So, you're saying that nothing about the quote itself is inherently sexist, right? To me, what you're saying goes to what I originally said; that it's telling that some people are so quick to cry sexism.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
Good job posting the lyrics, Mamasita! I love that song. Conservatives - ugh, a bastion of racism, sexism, and anti-semitism. Can someone inform them of the present day.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Mamasita, I can't speak for anonymous #11, but I think that's a serious question. Why is this necessarily about gender and not about military experience, particularly when you consider the full quote?
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
are you serious, Anonymous #11?????
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Thanks for providing the entire quote, mermei. I think it's telling when people make something about gender/sex when it isn't necessarily so.
mermei mermei 7 years
The full last quote is actually, "Nancy Pelosi might think she's a general, but she's playing out of her league and she knows it." In other words, she's not qualified to make military assessments. The whole thing is Pelosi saying that she doesn't want to heed the advise of the military experts because she thinks some of the liberal democrats in the house will get in trouble with their constituents. In other words, partisan politics trumps national security. Anyone that blatantly self interested - male or female - really should be put in their place.
sblazer227 sblazer227 7 years
well said mamasitamali.....that boys club in the nrcc is just threatened by someone, and gasp....its a woman, telling them what to do.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Sounds like the good ol' boys club doesn't know how to behave when a female is on the playing field.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
lol, love it mamasiamalita!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
she isnt a female, she is a harpy.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
meant to say "like Christina Aguilera said in "Can't Hold Us Down":"
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
when a female fires back suddenly big talker don't know how to act so he does what any little boy will do making up a few false rumors or two that for sure is not a man to me slanderin' names for popularity it's sad you only get your fame through controversy but now it's time for me to come and give you more to say
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