To the Editor:Was Pelosi chauffeured to school as a child? We dont know—and almost surely, the letter writer doesnt know either. But the American over-class earns its bread portraying major Dems as spoiled rich kids (see THE DAILY HOWLER, 1/4/07). And, like lambs marched off to the slaughter, we liberals reflexively help them along! Even as we challenge Brooks logic, we pass along the image he peddled. But then, we often did similar dumb-ass thing as they waged their long war against Gore. Are you happy with how that turned out?
David Brooks chides Nancy Pelosi for owning a vineyard, being chauffeured to school as a child, investing in high-end real estate, and wearing pearls.
Yet Republicans have always maintained that wealth is a natural right in our country—and how do her offenses compare with those of a political leader who sends 3,000 troops to die in a false war?
Fairfax, Va., Jan. 4, 2006
SAXON (8/24/97): Thomas D'Alesandro Jr., Mayor of Baltimore from 1947 to 1959 and an influence in Maryland and national Democratic politics for many years before that, died yesterday in his city's Mercy Hospital after a heart attack. He was 84 years old.In 1999, they wanted the public to think that Gore had grown up in a fancy hotel. (Their primal idiot, Maureen Dowd, started the trend of calling Gore Eloise—a bit of spin many others adopted.) Today, they want the public to think that young Pelosi was chauffeured to some fancy school. (Those modest row houses must be disappeared.) And we liberals cant wait to help them out—to pass their spin-driven portraits along! But then, our leaders endlessly failed to discuss the endless tricks they used against Gore. This, of course, makes it much more likely that such tricks will work again.
The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. D'Alesandro was a lifelong resident and tireless, ribbon-cutting booster of Baltimore. He entered politics in 1927 as a member of the Maryland State Legislature and won his next 22 campaigns for the City Council, the House of Representatives and City Hall.
He was known as ''Tommy'' to his constituents and to Presidents Roosevelt, Truman and Kennedy...
Thomas D'Alesandro Jr. was born in Baltimore's Little Italy and never left the neighborhood. Asked why he remained in the community of modest row houses, he replied: ''I'm a Paisano. These are my people and this is where I belong.''
He left school at the age of 13 to help support his family and attended Calvert Business College in Baltimore.
His son, Thomas D'Alesandro 3d, served as City Council President and Mayor of Baltimore from 1967 to 1971, and his daughter, Nancy Pelosi, recently won a special election in San Francisco to fill a vacancy in the House.
HES A SOLE MAN: Quite sensibly, Ezra Klein was struck by Patrick Healys latest piffle concerning Hillary Clinton. In the passage which caught Kleins eye, Healey some meetings Clinton has held about her possible White House campaign:
HEALY (1/4/07): Mrs. Clinton has gone to great lengths to try to keep these meetings private. She and her aides have strongly asked Democrats not to report what has taken place there, from what she says to what she eats, and where (she had the lamb at Ruths Chris Steak House in Washington, the Dover sole at the Four Seasons in New York).Quite sensibly, Ezra was struck by Healys interest in what Clinton eats (and where). The message is about as subtle as George Allen placing a deer head in the NAACP's mailbox, he wrote. So far as The New York Times is concerned, Hillary will have no secrets. Not about entree preferences, not about anything.
SEELYE (3/22/00): About 30 people ("solicitors" in campaign finance jargon) brought $5,000 each and lunched on sesame-seared salmon and pistachio mousse with the vice president at small tables set up in the Wallachs' living room.Three days later, Richard Oppel followed suit, reporting the latest in upscale edibles:
OPPEL (3/25/00): At a later dinner...33 people expected to donate $15,000 each were to dine on crabmeat parfait, quail stuffed with squash, and pecan pie.Lets say it again. Corresponding menus didnt get published from Bushs many fund-raising sinners. Sane people might be inclined to think that this was just a coincidence. But if you followed Seelye (and her editors) during Campaign 2000, you might have different instincts.
SEELYE (4/17/00): The sweet scent of jasmine wafted up the leafy hillsides, the lights of Los Angeles twinkled below, and the cash register ca-CHINGed until it was stuffed with $2.8 million.Yes, the idiot Seelye actually wrote it—and the idiots who ran her put it in print. (For a fuller treatment of ca-CHINGS and menus from Campaign 2K, see THE DAILY HOWLER, 8/15/06.)
IMUS (1/3/07): [Giuliani] is leading in all the polls, isnt he? But how long is that going to last?We noticed several things about this discussion—the kind of discussion which helps shape thinking about Campaign 08.
BARNICLE: I think hed be leading in all the polls right to the election! But I dont—at least, the way I look at Republicans and the delegates to Republican conventions, theres no way he can get that nomination....He cant get it.
IMUS: McCain—can he get it?
BARNICLE: I would think so, yes.
IMUS: Well, I mean, that wouldnt be the worst thing ever to happen to the country—John McCain.
BARNICLE: No, it wouldnt. No, it wouldnt. And you know, right now, anyone but this guy [Bush] and the guys around him would be better...