May 24, 2009

The RNC takes great raw material and, trying to whip up a viral video, makes an embarrassing piece of trash.

Everyone's talking about this:



Taylor Marsh goes on about the implied "Pussy." Don't even think Pussy along with Pelosi.

Crooks & Liars detects an "assassination fantasy": "we look at Pelosi down the barrel of a gun, hear shots fired, and then watch blood drip down our screens..."

Is there any defense of this idiotic video? Do you look to Allahpundit at Hot Air?
I would have posted this sooner but I ended up locked in a two-hour Twitter battle over it....
Oh. Okay. He was doing important things over in Twitter. Twitter is a great way to get people who write too much to throw much of their time and energy down the rathole. There's no way I'm going to go in there and try to piece together that conversation. Whatever it was, it doesn't matter anymore.

But here's the belated response on the blog:
The RNC does occasionally display suicidal tendencies... but I can’t believe they intended to call Pelosi a “pussy” knowing how offensive it is, how many votes it could cost them, and how outrageously outraged the media would be on her behalf as a way of changing the subject from her lies about waterboarding.
I think they intended to call Democrats pussies. That's why it ends with the on-screen words "Democrats Galore." The idea is: The Democrats are pussies — meaning sissies. But it just doesn't work because that's not the way "pussy" is meant in "Pussy Galore."

Epic poor judgment and incompetence.

68 comments:

traditionalguy said...

I saw that yesterday and thought that it was a take off on the terrorist's view of her weakness in face of political power coming out of the barrell of guns. But I am not very sensitive to the women's fears of being found irrelevent to politics in time of war.

Quayle said...

Pelosi and the RNC boobs - they deserve each other.

El Presidente said...

Pelosi and the CIA deserve each other.

Why does the RNC even want to get in the middle of this?

Bissage said...

(1) It's James Bond we see through the barrel and he shoots first and it's the bad guy holding the gun who dies but whatever.

(2) HOT CHICK: I’m Plenty.

JAMES BOND: But of course you are.

HOT CHICK: Plenty O’Toole.

JAMES BOND: Named after your father perhaps?

Jason said...

Ham-handed? Check.
Amateurish? Check.
Offensive? No.

Althouse is right: The analogy isn't Pelosi = Pussy Galore. The analogy is the CIA = James Bond.

Only at the very end, as an afterthought, do we see an analogy between the Democrats and Galore. And it's clear to me that the are making a slam on the lack of leadership among dems as pussiness. And I agree, though the metaphor was far, far too strained.

That said, the vid is not NEARLY as stupid as the pack of hyenas reading "assassination fantasies" and sexism into it.

EDH said...

Have to disagree with Althouse on this one.

I think the video is amusingly creative, if a little unserious, which is how it presents itself. I don't think undecideds will take it as the meat and bones of the GOP's intelligence policy.

I took the James Bond metaphor not as an assination fantasy, but meant to ask the viewers how comfortable people are with someone as unserious as Pelosi in the role of secret agent 007.

Plus, I think "Democrats Galore" = Pussies Galore" is inside humor that the people who get it will find funny. Pussy now has a double meaning and would be much less offensive than the equivalent of Austin Powers': "Alotta Democrats," where vagina is the actual female body part.

The negative backlash stuff is just spin by the usual suspects. Editing and replay of the video to make the "Little Bo Pelosi" argument won't take people's eyes off the underlying issue.

After all, it portrays Pelosi as a vain, manipulative jerk, not a pussy. She wasn't a wimp when the spotlights were off in 2003, and she's not a wimp toward the CIA now.

What it does is call the Democrats, like Gibbs, who "won't RSVP" pussies under Pelosi.

EnigmatiCore said...

"The Democrats are pussies — meaning sissies. But it just doesn't work because that's not the way "pussy" is meant in "Pussy Galore." "

I always thought the reason that "pussy" became slang for sissy is that pussy is about as soft and yielding as can be.

Incredibly dumb ad, though. Juvenile.

save_the_rustbelt said...

Most people under age 40 have no idea who Pussy Galore might be.

The GOP is adrift and on fire.

Only multiple mistakes by Obama will save the sinking ship.

If unemployment is higher in October 2010 the GOP might have a tiny chance of a partial resurrection.

If cap-and-trade destroys lots of jobs it would help the GOP, "if".

save_the_rustbelt said...

We need expert commentary by Trooper York on this topic.

Lem said...

Her press conference was far more hilarious than any attempt at parody could ever be produced.

Jason (the commenter) said...

Althouse : Epic poor judgment and incompetence.

On the part of Pelosi, yes.

But why were the Republicans using a Bond theme? Especially an old Bond. The meaning is obscure and hard to understand, it can only be understood by older people, and it isn't even necessary.

Just show the Democrats behaving like idiots!

Pogo said...

The American people seem to prefer Pelosi's brand of Democratic socialism and entirely partisan foriegn policy.

The people who oppose this form of government are ever fewer, something even a well-made video will not affect.

Politics and even voting at this point seems pointless. The horse is out of the barn, or rather a billion horses an hour are running free.

So she lied.
But she's their liar, so it won't matter one bit.

Treacle said...

Amateurs! Pussy Pelosi is at her most incompetent when she's at the podium and fumbling through her notes like Grandma pawing through her purse for a stick of Clark's Teaberry. Just roll the original footage and laugh.

dbp said...

Leave it to the RNC to have a target-rich environment of Pelosi's various equivications and contradictions and then manage to shoot themselves in the foot by not effectively using these to show a narrative.

The Bond opening sequence should lend itself to telling a story, since that is what it does in all of the movies. You just can't put random snippets together and expect normal people to put two and two together. If they could do that, they would already know that Pelosi has behaved shamefully.

Balfegor said...

Leave it to the RNC to have a target-rich environment of Pelosi's various equivocations and contradictions and then manage to shoot themselves in the foot by not effectively using these to show a narrative.

Yes, it's astonishing that they don't know to leave well enough alone -- the Democrats are out there making fools of themselves, and people realise it. This kind of thing is just counterproductive.

American Liberal Elite said...

What we've come to expect from Team G.O.P.

Lem said...

Is there any defense of this idiotic video?

I do find it hypocritical that the left is offended by a hint of antifeminism in this add but gladly bore in to Palin with the ferocity only hinted at in the TV show Mad Men.

Lem said...

In their 'defense' however, it could be that they dont consider conservative women real women.

onparkstreet said...

Wow, who thought up that ad? I mean, just the raw footage, as Dr. Althouse stated, is bad enough.

Bureaucrats and consultants! The bane of everything and the reason for dummy ads! (I'm reading Little Dorritt now and am enamored of the Dickensian anti-bureaucratic worldplay. It makes me immediately want to go out and write the bestest anti-book ever. Except. I'm lazy. And I don't know how. How DO you do that? Personally, I think it's better to turn all that natural peevishness into something clever, but instead we will end up with partisan blogs screaming. Typical*)

*Althouse is not typical, which is why I like it.

elHombre said...

IMO there was no need to dress up Pelosi's sleaziness. The ad seems silly, but it ought not to be measured by retorts from the lefties.

Let's see, maybe it illustrates that old adage (that I made up):

Republicans can't politick.
Democrats can't govern.

onparkstreet said...

I just reread my comment. I have no idea what I meant by any of it.

Oh, yeah, you might not want to give your consultants any bonuses this year, RNC. FYI.

Also, wordplay, not worldplay, but worldplay is sort of moderny-Dickensian, innit?

Jake said...

AllahPundit is about as good at blogging as one can get. Show some respect.

Rose said...

Hilarious! This upsets you but not the attacks on Palin, which were a hundred thousand times more egregious?

The only problem here is that Pelosi's pathetic performance, her repeated outright lies, caught on tape, and her stuttering, quivering tell-all body language as she read what she had been instructed to say.

Democrats usually get away with it. She might have if she was male. Even being a Democrat can't buy her out of this one. Filthy despicable lying....

Chuckercanuck said...

I'll defend it:

its got great music.

Chuckercanuck said...

(oh, and here's a 21st century take on James Bond:

cast Adam Lambert as the next Pussy Galore.... he'd kick ass!)

former law student said...

This upsets [Althouse} but not the attacks on Palin

Althouse is saying that this is a bad attack ad -- poorly conceived and executed. She's not saying Pelosi doesn't deserve being slammed.

But I tried to find on Youtube an official DNC ad attacking Palin. Do you have the URL?

Frodo Potter said...

I’m with Jason at 8:37 and Treacle. This is really amateurish, but hardly unforgivably offensive.

Also, as El Presidente pointed out: why would the RNC get in between a turf war between Congress and the CIA? The Republicans should be staying out of the crossfire and letting Panetta and Pelosi snipe at each other. But then, the RNC has not been noted for its recent brilliance.

kathleen said...

The "suicidal Republicans" meme is getting awfully tired. I'll take an overdone Youtube video over tripling the national debt in 3 months combined with hapless attempts at rescuing entire industries through (incompetent) nationalization.

Some perspective is in order.

Jason (the commenter) said...

I think the RNC needs to hand over some of its propaganda production to the Log Cabin Republicans.

kathleen said...

"But I tried to find on Youtube an official DNC ad attacking Palin. Do you have the URL?"

Oh honey, are you confused? Just search "Sarah Palin" on youtube and see what you get, dear. The "official DNC" doesn't need to do its own dirty work, they've got mainstream media doing it for them.

Kansas City said...

It is a dumb way to approach a serious topic on which almost any approach would have shown Pelosi to be an dolt. I heard an interesting defense of Peolosi this morning that she went in with the statement blaming the CIA to protect herself against criticism from the left, clueless that the approach of blaming the CIA would cause a problem with all but the far left.

I think political consultants and operatives are almost always overrated. It is the nature of any system where one side wins and the other side loses - the winner's skills are exagerrated [like a lawsuit where the winning lawyer is a genius and the loser a dope]. One political exception might be Carville and Stephonopolis in 1992, where they successfully hung the economy around Bush's neck and the highly flawed Clinton was elected. One courtroom exception might be Johnny Cochran when he got OJ off.

Ann is right on her assessment of the ad, but a bit unfair to the guy at Hot Air. She cuts off his quote before he said the following (which is essentially what Ann said - except for the view of who is winning):

"Even the GOP’s not that self-destructive. They are, however, evidently tone-deaf enough to cast her in the role of a generic Bond femme fatale here, which very stupidly and gratuitously injects her gender into a war they were winning."

William said...

Not since Clinton got a bj in the Oval Office has there come to pass a moment more worthy of mockery than Pelosi's press conference. Over time the subject of Clinton's bj changed into the question of Ken Starr's prurient interest. Ken Star got more ridicule in the msm than Clinton. We will see something similar happen with Pelosi's dying fall in her press conference. Republicans who mock her will, in turn, be mocked as assasination lusting, sexist, sub human scum who have no place in the civilized debate of a great society.....The Democrats never defended Clinton's behavior; they only diminished those who wished to do so. Pelosi did a terrible job in that press conference. But now the issue is the way that Republicans criticize that performance.

Jen said...

The ad doesn't surprise me at all. It seems typical. The spin is just a little clearer.

Lem said...

But now the issue is the way that Republicans criticize that performance.

Of course it is. Its never about the democrats / Obama stumbles. Its always about the republican reaction to the stumbles.

Never mind that Obama's positions are practically the same as Bush, or that Pelosi is standing by her lies.

Nuts.

Big Mike said...

The RNC needs some people who understand how ordinary American citizens react to events.

I hate it when an idiot like Pelosi sends up a soft pitch down the center of the plate and the RNC gets overeager and drives it foul.

rhhardin said...

Congress as pussy whipped is the angle they ought to have taken.

Put some shrew in the video.

Jen said...

Big Mike:

NICE baseball analogy!

former law student said...

The "official DNC" doesn't need to do its own dirty work, they've got mainstream media doing it for them.

You know, after more than twenty years, this meme of "the mainstream media are the tools of the Democratic Party," is beyond threadbare. In fact, you wouldn't even put it on to let the dog out.

For the sake of argument, let us assume this thesis is true. A competent political party would have analyzed why they start out behind, and figure out how to either modify their message to attract journalists, or put Republicans into journalism.

But few Republicans are self-aware, apparently. They'd rather whine about their plight than do something about it.

rhhardin said...

The reason journalists are lefties is that the only audience they can hold is soap opera women. They sell this audience to advertisers.

It's a business thing.

You can't put Republicans in journalism because they'd go broke.

elHombre said...

FLS wrote: "You know, after more than twenty years, this meme of 'the mainstream media are the tools of the Democratic Party,' is beyond threadbare."

Really. Take a look at this.

There is no evidence to cause anybody with a modicum of intelligence to conclude that Abu Ghraib conflates with EHT or that deaths in the general terrorist "POW" population conflate with EHT.

Look at the background pictures that only appear when Liz Cheney speaks -- Abu Ghraib!

This is CNN advocacy journalism from ol' Teabag Cooper. You're so used to it and so indoctrinated you can't even see it.

kentuckyliz said...

I found the video confusing. It left me wondering why Her Majesty's Secret Service would want to assassinate Pelosi. I don't think Her Majesty or HM's gummint much cares about Pelosi at all.

kathleen said...

"A competent political party would have analyzed why they start out behind, and figure out how to either modify their message to attract journalists"

Oh, I see .... Kind of like how the Democrats modified their message to attract idiots and social parasites .... if that's "competence" you can keep it. (Or maybe Republicans just don't give a shit what "journalists" think)

BTW, you could work a little harder at producing your own language when attempting to take down my comments. The snark just doesn't fly when you have to copy syntax from my 11:14am comment to respond to my 11:36am comment.

Cedarford said...

Rose - Democrats usually get away with it. She might have if she was male. Even being a Democrat can't buy her out of this one. Filthy despicable lying.....

You can't blame Pelosi for trying. It worked for Jane Harman when she was caught on tape talking with an Israel spy about obstructing justice for two Israeli-American dual citizens nailed passing classified info ...in return for enlisting Israel to pull levers inside DC to place her as Head of the Intelligence Committee. Where she assured the spy she could really help her bethren.

Outed, Harman began lying her ass off. She was never recorded, she never said it. The FBI was lying. Ok, maybe she was, but the FBI lied about what she said. Well,,,maybe she did say it, but the FBI completely misconstrued what "is" really "is" and were probably criminally culpable for wiretapping her.

All the while, Harman knew the Jewish Lobby had more power in town than the FBI, had her back, and everything would eventually be swept neatly under the rug as their clout was brought to bear.

And it was.

Pelosi trying to ape Harman's lies unfortunately overlooked that the CIA is a different kettle of fish than the FBI. The FBI is subordinate to Justice political appointees, who tend to bark and clap their flippers when the Jewish lobby makes some phone calls to various bigshot donors to the Democrat Party. The CIA is not beholden to AIPAC or Israeli officials. They have serious dirt on both groups. And the CIA does not report directly to appointed hacks as the FBI is structured to do, under Justice Dept.

So Harman gets away with it without barely raising a sweat on her lying lips, while Pelosi continues to twist in the wind.

Palladian said...

"So Harman gets away with it without barely raising a sweat on her lying lips, while Pelosi continues to twist in the wind."

Ah, I knew the nefarious, dastardly Jews were behind all this!

elHombre said...

Oh, I see .... Kind of like how the Democrats modified their message to attract idiots and social parasites .... if that's "competence" you can keep it.

I don't know .... It's a set of predominant demographics. Sort of their "base," if you will.

Add in disaffected ethnics, convicted felons and the labor unions Baby-O is bankrupting the nation to buy off and the Dems become a tough nut to crack.

Maybe the Repubs could just shoot for the idiots.

Big Mike said...

Maybe the Repubs could just shoot for the idiots.

Too late. They've been voting Democrat exclusively since 1932.

elHombre said...

Too late. [The idiots have] been voting Democrat exclusively since 1932.

Yes, but until recently the Repubs haven't made a serious try for them. And if the newspapers close, a lot of them will be out of work and may blame Baby-O

Big Mike said...

@Jen, you're welcome.

Quayle said...

My guess is that another wind blowing against Pelosi is that the DC press corps is feeling guilty for the way they are slobbering on Obama's pant legs and weeping on his shoes.

They have to show that they aren't really the spineless boot lickers that the Obama administration has shown them to be, so they're ichin' to "get tough" on some other hapless DC player.

MadisonMan said...

There is no clear point to that video. If you want something to go viral, it has to have a definite point.

I do like the music though.

TitusPushPushInTheBush said...

I have to disagree with Althouse on this well.

I found it powerful and spoke to what American families are dealing with.

It was about big ideas, new ways of doing things, and a more competent government. I loved it.

Also, Jane Harmon takes Yoga from the most famous Yoga instructor in the world. The bitch has a rocking bod.

TitusPushPushInTheBush said...

The only things that would of made this even better is if there was a reference to Pelosi being from San Francisco. Then throw in a "sprinkle" of leather queens dancing.

Cedarford said...

Titus - Also, Jane Harmon takes Yoga from the most famous Yoga instructor in the world. The bitch has a rocking bod..

Become the richest member of the House, with personal trainers in Cali AND DC - and you too could have a rocking body the envy of the gay world.

Which makes me wonder what is up with wealthy but pudgy Barney Frank and the rich but downright fat Jerry Nadler. Then there is Janet Napolitano, who apparantly has confused downing a gallon of yogurt with getting down with yoga.

TitusPushPushInTheBush said...

Jane Harmon takes the yoga class with everyone else...at least in California.

I love the fact that she is rich too. Being rich is cool.

TitusPushPushInTheBush said...

I find pussy to be a nice word.

I like the word pussy.

I was called Sally, Sissy, Pussy, Fag, Sarah, Faggot, Sandy, Nancy, Fem, Fruit, Fruit Loop, Gaybot, Gay, Homo, Gayboy, Girl, Femboy and other assorted names when I was a young gay.

Please hold me.

Will Cate said...

Oh, pish-tosh. It isn't _that_ bad...

hdhouse said...

i would personally like to thank the RNC and the utter fool who thought this was a good idea for helping create a wave of democratic support for the party nominees in 2010 and beyond.

Although Democrats are pretty able to compose a clear and sharp message, we are rank amateurs in shoot our feet off compared to republicans.

Dear God...hear us or Lord....keep enough the the republican party intact for a few more years and lend them shovels and they seek to bury themselves in yet another deep dark hole.

kentuckyliz said...

Titus, you forgot "Mary."

(((hugs)))

former law student said...

you could work a little harder at producing your own language

When trying to get your point across, using the language of your target audience works best.

Florida said...

"The Democrats are pussies" works because, well ... it's true.

It's kind of beside the point, though. The video is stupid because everyone knows Democrats are pussies.

But just because the Democrats are pussies doesn't mean that the Republicans aren't ALSO pussies ... at least the ones in charge of the party at this moment.

Let's keep in mind that there's not a dime's worth of difference between the policies of Republicans and the policies of Democrats except that Democrats are better at them.

Republicans have no desire to actually cut federal spending; no desire to change abortion policy; no desire to stop Geithner using the courts; no "Shop America First" policies.

Under these Republicans federal spending soared; the country was handed over to Goldman Sachs and crime was rampant.

Democrats being pussies (duh) is kind of beside the point.

If this is the best shot these group of sorry Republicans can make, they deserve what they're gonna take for the next 3.5 years.

hdhouse said...

Florida said...
"The Democrats are pussies" works because, well ... it's true."

Reminding Florida of course that the last successful attack on the US was when republicans were in office...

Do you prefer manly-men like Cheney with is 5 deferments and penchant for shoot quail with clipped wings (not to mention frieds)? now there is a manly man.

Or Newt of "honey the chemo can wait, I need to serve you divorce papers"? ahhhh a real manly man complete with moral principles...

Rush? the manly man who sends his housekeeper to score drugs?

Who you got who is a real manly man there Florida? And you dare to call democrats pussies. that is just trash talk and the American people see right through it and want none of it.

NKVD said...

hdhouse the smart wrote "(not to mention frieds)?".

Nice. Fried what?

kathleen said...

"When trying to get your point across, using the language of your target audience works best."

no, former law student, it just illustrates that you are incapable of using your own. signed, former lawyer.

former law student said...

it just illustrates that you are incapable of using your own

OK, fine:

Yeshk gifirka ga hundmai hezint.

kathleen said...

hey, keep digging, fls

hdhouse said...

NKVD said...
hdhouse the smart wrote "(not to mention frieds)?". Nice. Fried what?"

Friends NKVD. Cheney shot his friend.

NKVD said...

That's not what you wrote.

jim said...

I can't even bring myself to watch the pathetic thing - it's just not worth my time - & I'm the sort of person who actively ENJOYS seeing the Goopers hump the poodle, so what does that tell you?

Cronyism for eight years straight must've been one hell of a partay ... & self-immolating, overpriced crap like this is the hangover. So too is the lust to "purge" the GOP of exactly those few with cooler heads who could bring more people into it, right when they need those people the most. That whole "us vs. the world" thing sounds really heroic until you realize the world doesn't play nice & it's got a hell of a weight & reach advantage.

The hurt has only just begun for the Republicans - they're failing just as badly now as an opposition as they did as incumbents, despite the benefit of a much easier task-menu, not to mention the golden opportunity of facing a government in a hard recession ... their ongoing fail-a-thon is not exactly a ringing endorsement of their ability to govern America again after 2012.

The only person who can save the GOP at this point is Barack Obama - & he'll have to make Bush Jr. look like Wittgenstein to do it.