Rep. Nancy Pelosi (search) of San Francisco launched an unusually harsh critcism of President Bush today, actually sounding like a politician from France.
Many people here may have questions about Bush and the war in Iraq and they may not vote for him, but it takes a real extremist to speak of him as Pelosi did in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle:
"Bush is an incompetent leader. In fact, he's not a leader. He's a person who has no judgment, no experience and no knowledge of the subjects that he has to decide upon."
She wrapped up the interview with a prediction on Bush's chances in the election.
"He's gone. He's so gone."
Among Pelosi's complaints, President Bush didn't get international help in Iraq.
Internationally, the only ally that has any military capability is Britain... and they helped.
Does she think France and Belgium could mobilize troops in numbers that would be helpful? Does she want germans in uniform and on the march again?
Pelosi evidently thinks there sholdn't have been a war, and that Saddam Hussein should still be in charge.
Will she suggest we release him from prison and let him take over Iraq again?
No, of course not. But it is the logical conclusion of her arguments.
Look, we know she wants John Kerry (search) to win and that's fine. But the language she is using about the president suggests a personal viciousness that even Kerry stops short of making public.
Will there be more of this? Are we going to be treated to an election season of Dems saying "Bush is a moron and too stupid to be president?"
And if they're so bold as to say what they really think, will it help them or hurt them?
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