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Pelosi: I Looked Across the Persian Gulf and Saw Iran

Senator Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, notices House minority leader Nancy Pelosi claiming she’s “been to Bahrain and looked right across the Persian Gulf to Iran. Everything is very close.”

What? What?

Seth Mandel observes Pelosi actually says the things that Sarah Palin–haters think the former Alaska governor said.

One poll in 2008 indicated that 86 percent of self-identified Obama voters believed Palin had said, “I can see Russia from my house!” That line, of course, was uttered by Tina Fey impersonating her; Palin accurately said, “you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”

Nancy Pelosi has a long history of saying stupid or inaccurate statements: “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery package 500 million Americans lose their jobs.” “The CIA misleads us all the time.” “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” “[Obamacare] will create 4 million jobs, 400,000 jobs almost immediately.” “The road to Damascus is the road to peace” in her meeting with Bashir Assad.

Yet the notion that Pelosi is an ill-informed, hyperbolic, oblivious rambling loon is held almost exclusively on the right. This undoubtedly reflects a media that simply doesn’t find Pelosi’s cuckoo statements revealing or all that newsworthy, while every Palin utterance is seized upon as further evidence of her stupidity. It’s infuriating for Republicans, but probably helps the party on some level. With no consequence for saying dumb things, Pelosi has no incentive to be more accurate or coherent.

Oh, and elsewhere in that CNN interview, Pelosi referred to the Iran deal as a “treaty” – even though the White House insisted it didn’t need ratification from the Senate because it wasn’t a treaty.

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