July 19, 2008

Nancy Pelosi at Netroots Nation


Nancy Pelosi showed a lot of guts to come before the Netroots Nation audience who were ready to ask some hard questions. I don't think most of us were happy about her FISA vote, but she told us it was better than it had been and the thing that caused her and the House to have to go along was that 17 Democratic Senators made it possible for the Senate to send them a bad bill.

Natasha asked the following question about Abstinance Only Education:

Every day in the U.S. 10,000 young people get an STD, 2,400 become pregnanct, and 55 contract HIV. The Bush administration has pushed abstinence-only sex education programs that prohibit information about condoms and birth control. Why are you on record supporting Chairman David Obey's continued funding for these programs when your own congressional evaluation showed they have "no impact on teen behavior" and a report by Congressman Waxman showed that 80% of abstinence-only curricula contian "false or misleading" information. What possible rationale could exist for the Democratic congressional leadership promoting ignorance in the era of AIDS?

Pelosi simple answer was: "No." Then she said how important it is to have good policies in this area, and asked us to help send better Democrats to the White House, House and Senate.

One really nice point of Nancy's introductory statement was her recognizing Darcy Burner as one of the leaders of the Democratic challengers.

Posted by Mary at July 19, 2008 03:13 PM | Blogging | Technorati links |

i agree with your comment but the fact remains even educated people such as YOURSELF dont always use condoms...

Posted by: me at July 19, 2008 04:44 PM

She didn't answer the question.

Posted by: Ten Bears at July 19, 2008 08:19 PM

The FISA answer is rationalization to me. No one made her put that bill on the floor. FISA as it was until then was adequate. If she can't remember her oath to protect the Constitution, she doesn't belong in Congress.

Posted by: Cujo359 at July 20, 2008 10:17 AM

Um, Pelosi is ruled by 17 Democratic Senators? I'm sure that wasn't the message she intended to impart ...

What's really interesting is that on the subject of coastal drilling she states that she just won't let it come to the floor.

No matter what she says it's obvious she made a decision to support the FISA abomination. When you give the other side more than they expected you can hardly claim you made the best deal you could AND given that no deal was even necessary makes anything other than an abject apology from Pelosi meaningless words.

Posted by: gail at July 21, 2008 02:03 PM