In what was described as “an unusual breach of decorum,” ABC News reported Friday that former Democratic House Majority Speaker Nancy Pelosi took such offense to comments made by Pennsylvania GOP lawmaker Tom Marino during a debate on the border funding bill that she “chased” him “across the House floor, wagging her finger, calling him a “liar” – twice – and twice dubbing him as “insignificant.”
This is the same Pelosi who took offense when South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson shouted “You lie” during President Barack Obama's Sept. 9, 2009 speech to a joint session of Congress regarding his unpopular health care reform effort known as Obamacare.
In fact, as The Hill reported Sept. 11, 2009, Pelosi “agreed the House should vote” on “scolding” Wilson, unless he apologized -- on the floor of the House – for engaging in such a display of disregard for House rules.
"There was a violation of the rules of the House," said Pelosi’s spokesman, Brendan Daly. "It needs to be resolved by an apology or a resolution."
Wilson’s “spontaneous” charge was a reflex to Obama’s claim that illegal immigrants would not benefit from Obamacare.
On Aug. 27, 2009, CNN’s “Truth Squad” labeled the charge as “false,” saying some unnamed “report” found that “the bill could require illegal immigrants to buy coverage, but it clearly restricts subsidies to U.S. citizens and legal residents.”
So, why does the Covered California website include a special page entitled: "No temas si eres indocumentado/a y quieres inscribir a tu familia en un seguro médico" -- "Fear not if you are undocumented and want to enroll your family in health insurance" – and explain that information shared with Obamacare cannot be shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and why did California Republican Sen. David Vitter have to introduce a package of bills three days ago to close a loophole to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving Obamacare subsidies and higher education tax credits?
Curiously, ABC News updated Friday’s report to say Pelosi spokeswoman Evangeline George said Pelosi “accepted” Marino’s “apology” for insinuating that – while they “want to make a political issue of it now” -- Democrats didn’t do diddly to reform immigration when they had control of the House, the Senate and the White House. Unfortunately, Marino’s chief of staff, Bill Tighe, said Marino “did not apologize to Leader Pelosi and does not intend to do so as he has nothing to apologize for.”
Apparently, while George Washington once said “I cannot tell a lie,” Pelosi spokeswoman George in Washington can -- and did -- lie.
“She was entirely out of line in approaching him while he was recognized and delivering remarks on the Floor,” Tighe wrote. “Her staff’s comment in your story about her accepting his apology in simply not true.”
While Pelosi dropped the threat to “scold” Wilson after he apologized to Obama – twice -- the question remains: Will Pelosi apologize to Marino for violating House rules when she chased him around the chamber to call him a “liar – twice?