Three days away from an attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband at their San Francisco home, we still know very little about the attacker’s motives or, for that matter, what precipitated it. the attack itself.
That hasn’t stopped Democratic politicians and their allies in the mainstream media from pointing the finger at the culprits – their Republican adversaries – and concluding that with eight days to go before an election in which they are bracing for a bombardment , the GOP is expected to spend the final week of the campaign sitting on the bench, reflecting, atoning. How convenient. What cowardice and political transparency.
Pelosi herself, meanwhile, is fundraising in the wake of the attack. Here’s the message pasted at the bottom of a blast of emails from his office that landed in inboxes Saturday night:
To hear the media say it, the Republicans are responsible for the attack, and as Pelosi raises money this past week, they have to cry uncle. Chuck Todd noted with surprise on NBC Meet the press Sunday that the ads against Pelosi “are still on the air.”
News On Friday, it was suggested there was something untoward about Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel and Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance urging voters to ‘fire Pelosi’ – or, as they put it, to use “‘fire Pelosi’ rhetoric.”
The media hive mind is real and, surprisingly, the geniuses of Washington Post too recounted the attacks to "a ‘Fire Pelosi’ project—cComplete with a bus tour, #FIREPELOSI hashtag and footage of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) engulfed in Hades-style flames – dedicated to taking over the House and demoting Pelosi from her perch as president.” Audacity!
Enter former President Barack Obama with a warning that it is dangerous to “demonize” people and stir up division. When he came to this realization is not entirely clear – certainly many years after sitting on the benches listening to his friend Jeremiah Wright and cavorting with Louis Farrakhan, but not before arguing that Republicans are warmongers who have a lot in common with the Iranian Revolutionary Guards.
We know that Obama’s exhortation only goes one way. Democrats are of course still out there trying to discern the motive behind the attacks on novelist Salman Rushdie, New York gubernatorial candidate Lee Zeldin (R.) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.).
It’s only been a few months since the New York Times was cleared of defamation charges for the outrageous attempt to pin the murder of Gabby Giffords on Sarah Palin. How about the Atlanta spa shooting that was pinned on the Republican Party’s anti-Asian rhetoric? Again, total nonsense. But the Democrats who write the news are in step with the Democrats who make the news — and, of course, the Democrats who will benefit from Republicans absent in the final week of the campaign.
Already enough. We await the findings of investigators in the Paul Pelosi case with an open mind and knowing that these things are often not what they first appear. In the meantime, Republicans are expected to campaign until the polls close. Nancy Pelosi certainly will be.