Air Pelosi


New House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is nothing if not combative.

Even as she was being elected speaker, she unsuccessfully tried to oust her No. 2, the current House Democratic leader, Steny Hoyer, in favor of her own candidate. She forced her fellow Californian, Jane Harman, off the House Intelligence Committee, where Harman was in line to become chairman. Then she got into a fight with the powerful and senior-most House Democrat, John Dingell, by trying to carve out a chunk of his turf from his Energy and Commerce Committee.

These fights could perhaps be excused as necessary for Pelosi to exert control over her unruly charges and, as one of her predecessors as speaker, Tip O’Neill, once said, politics ain’t bean bag.

But now Pelosi has picked a fight that can only embarrass her and gladden the hearts of House Republicans.

She is demanding — and, given her style, “demand” is the correct verb — that the Pentagon supply her with an airliner-size jet, the military version of a Boeing 757, to fly her to and from her San Francisco district. Gleeful Republican critics are calling it “Pelosi One.”

For security reasons, the Pentagon provides the speaker, the third in line to the presidency, secure transportation to and from the home district. It did so for then-Republican Speaker Dennis Hastert.

But the Pentagon, as with Hastert, is offering commuter jets with space for no more than 10 passengers. Republicans charge that Pelosi wants the larger aircraft so she can load it up with family members and political donors, but the speaker’s office says it’s a matter of security because a smaller jet has to stop to refuel en route.

One Republican-allied group weighed in, decrying the “42 leather business-class seats, a fully enclosed stateroom for Nancy Pelosi, stewards who serve meals and tend an open bar, and other such luxuries aboard.”

Maybe that’s a little overwrought, but Pelosi should know from what happened to the House Republicans last November that voters resent what they saw as the GOP’s overweening sense of entitlement and privilege. Indeed, one of her first acts as speaker was to push through a ban on the cherished perk of lawmakers accepting rides on corporate jets.

Fly the commuter jet, Madame Speaker, and just be glad that you don’t have to stand in long lines, endure long delays and get crammed in coach like, well, like the voters.


  1. ron kay

    ….jeezuz…..she wanted a plane big enough so that it didn’t have to stop and refuel….(wasting time and money)…..and the right wing spin machine just grabs it and swift boats her ass.

    meanwhile…..where’s Osama ??

  2. bryionak

    The Pentagon has guaranteed her the same plane Hastert used. The Pentagon went further to say she can use the larger plane if it is available, if it isn’t and she doesn’t want to stop she can get her own transportation like she has to if she is travelling for fundraising or other political activity.

  3. For some unknown reason, McFeather’s lies still make me wonder why anyone who is interested in the truth, reads his republican blatherings. Why not discuss how Chinny uses Air Force One/Two to go pheasant hunting, etc., and how Bushwork’s plane uses 53,000 gallons of gas everytime he wants time off from his “job”. And he’s urging his non-adoring public to “save energy”. Evidently that’s why he’s cut back on the taxpayer money that used to go towards helping poor people pay their heating bills. That’s one effective way of saving energy, isn’t it!

  4. Old Curmudgeon

    I don’t care if the reporting has a rightwing slant, a leftwing slant or a clippedwing slant. I just want the truth. I have a brain that I try to use to evaluate the stones. The problem comes when the reporting is a lie. You can’t truely evaluate that which is not true. And you surely cannot trust those that propogate and perpetuate the untruth. McFeatters has now become untrustworthy and therefore irrelevant to the ongoing discussion of our times. cya!

  5. Tom W.

    Mr. McFEATTERS owes Capitol Hill Blue readers a retraction and apology. And it should be tomorrows lead article.

    He is clearly not a journalist. He showed us he’s not by the fact that he did absolutely no research for his bogus gossip peddling.

    Mr. McFEATTERS should also explain why he feels it benefits America to blindly hate a person and political party so much that he would stoop to such PARTISAN and dishonest behavior.

    Is he attempting to get back in the good graces of Fox News after having recently been fired?

    Please Capitol Hill Blues, regain your good standing by leading tomorrow’s release with a retraction and apology for such unprofessional reporting.


    Tom W.

  6. Donna

    I am a bit disappointed in CHB for running this article. It is very misleading and easily disproved. You are asking readers to contribute for Campaign for Our America (which by the way, I have done) and then to put this article up.

    It is a bit difficult to know how you plan to change things in Washington if you are willing to publish this kind of article.

    What exactly is the change?

  7. Ray

    Geeez people, get off Dougs back. Why do you all jump on these people that offer you something to chew on every day. I would like to know just how many times this jumbo jet is going to fly the friendly skys to california and back. Do we jet home for the weekend only because our fool taxpayers give us big planes and gas to fly, or we really doing something that benefits the nation. I also have a hard time with the security issue of gas stops. Just where are those terrorists that are out to kill us all and eat our children. And just where the hell is Osama?

    Pelosi is just another wind bag who has done nothing that the voters wanted. The war is full speed ahead and getting worse by the day, in case no one noticed. I would like to see all them liars on the hill take a bus wherever they needed to go when all they do is posture for donations to there cause. Yeah!! Mc Featters and CHB.

  8. Jim Arnold

    Dale, you obviously need a refresher course on journalistic methods. Did you ask Nancy Pelosi if the “allegations” were true that she “demanded” a Boeing 757 military jet to take her to San Francisco? Obviously not.

    Thanks for saving me the time of clicking on any article in the future that has your name in the byline.

    The mature response would be to own up to your mistake. If you do that, why not also reveal your political agenda? On second thouight, don’t bother. It’s very obvious what your agenda is.

  9. Jim Hassinger

    I think it started with the constant coverage of the Nancy Kerrigan attack — at any rate, sometime in there — that our journalism went completely yellow. One of the other things that happened at the same time was that trash like Drudge and Limbaugh enabled the passage of RNC propaganda directly through to the yellow media. We will now have endless yammering about this story, following the RNC guidelines, and there’s one important thing to say: none of it will be based on reporting. No one will call up the Sergeant At Arms. Nobody will figure out how the facts were massaged like this. I guess when CNN went and investigated the “madrassa” story, that was the end of our quota of real facts for the year of 2007. Happy Astronaut Diaper Day, Capitol Hill Blue! Your motto: They All Do It, Even When They Don’t.

  10. Michael

    I think the people of Capitol Hill better get there facts straight before you open your month and insert foot. This is a BIG LIE that the Republicans have been trying to sell. And the stupid people of capitol Hill fell for it. The republicans can lie about a war, steal and lie for years and nobody said a word. What a bunch of hippocrates you are.

  11. Karl Eklund writes:

    You say “Capitol Hill Blue is a not-for-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan experiment in on-line journalism” It may not make any profit or successfully sell anything, but I think you blew the non-partisan part of the “experiment”

    The only thing we blew was your blind belief that “non-partisan” means only supporting your partisan point of view.

  12. You say “Capitol Hill Blue is a not-for-profit, non-commercial, non-partisan experiment in on-line journalis” It may not make any profit or successfully sell anything, but I think you blew the non-paqrtisan part of the “experiment”

  13. Pat

    Rove and his gang are using the same old tired tricks to distract from the important issues of the day: Scooter Libby trial, the Iraq war resolution, and pending war with Iran. There are some naive people who still fall for their manipulation of the news, but I truly didn’t expect to find any of them HERE.

    The story was just another smear job from the masters of smut and slime. Why would this site print such propaganda? Try doing something very “un-fox” like and get the facts before you speak!

  14. Philadelphia Steve

    The claim that Pelosi demanded a large plane has been documented as an outright lie, promulgated by the Republican national Committee.

    But some people still repeat it, hook, line and sinker.

  15. Joe Lawrence

    Dale McFeatters tried to jump on a passing bandwagon, only to find – after climbing aboard – it was a WasteIndusrtries truck. Screw him, and screw everyone who pounces at every Rove tidbit thrown out.

  16. Moji

    Hmm, i wonder do they have to go through all the security checks that the average folk have to go through to fly….somehow i doubt these privileged people have too….and so much for global warming or perhaps this plan fly’s on solar energy.

  17. Ardie

    Actually, it was the Senate Sargeant at Arms who requested the plane; not the Speaker of the House, Pelosi. But this has never demurred Republicans from sniping or telling more lies. Of course, we pretty well know that the DOD has been behind these lies because of Pelosi’s hard stance toward Don “The Wacko” Rumsfeld.

  18. Andres Fimbres

    What is up with CHB today? I’m cutting you some slack because after years of reading I know that no one bats a thousand, but it’s almost as if this website WANTS this story to be more than it is. Go after Pelosi for her methods of management, for backing away from impeaching a President that clearly deserves it, for not pushing a more forceful resolution to stop the debacle in Iraq. But please, don’t waste your (and ours in the process) time on something so trivial. Let me know when Pelosi gets someone fired for not getting her the jumbo jet. Until then, all you’re doing is tarnishing (ever so slightly) your own great reputation.

  19. Keith

    Doug, I have to agree with Jim Z on this one.

    Ms. Pelosi IS the third in line to be the President and her security IS most definitely an issue. Maybe she doesn’t need a 757 all the time, but certainly a military transport of some sort is more than warranted.

  20. How embarrassing for this website. Talk about partisan hackery! This story was so easily discredited. Don’t you guys do any investigation about the stories you publish? There are enough problems with Pelosi that you don’t need to publish bogus reason to criticize her. Shame on you!

  21. Old Curmudgeon

    I’m kind of disappointed with CHB for running with this obviously slanted and as has been proven erroneous reporting. Smacks decidedly like something Faux Gnus would run. When a news source loses the faith of its readers it surely is doomed.

  22. Older Hoosiers will remember Vance Hartke, a former Senator from Indiana. He demanded special Senator status treatment at the Evansville airport. The reason he is “former”. Pelosi, like Hartke is insensitive to experiences of ordinary men and women. She could have utilized the inequity to her advantage if she had been sensitive to the needs of ordinary people.

    I also believe she has no sense of justice by allowing Bush off the hook. I’m looking at an equality party.