Talk about toxic.
Every American whose politics lean right knows that former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is one of the most dangerous people in the nation’s capital.
But a new poll finds that among Republican Americans, the San Francisco liberal holds a favorability rating that’s even lower than the leader of a country that not too long ago was threatening a missile attack on American soil.
According to the Daily Beast, an Ipsos survey conducted for the left-leaning website revealed that only 17 percent of American Republicans hold a favorable opinion of Pelosi, while 19 percent hold a favorable opinion of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
It’s worth pointing out from the get-go that the poll’s results need to be taken with a grain of salt, but liberals, naturally, are drawing exactly the wrong conclusions.
The Daily Beast’s coverage didn’t include the exact questioning on the poll, but it’s still hard to believe that almost one out of five American Republicans actually holds a truly favorable opinion of a man who essentially runs a concentration camp that has a seat at the United Nations.
More likely, since the poll was taken in the immediate aftermath of the summit between President Donald Trump and the North Korean leader, the respondents were indicating what they thought of the possibility that the U.S. might be able to deal with the Hermit Kingdom’s ruler.
That doesn’t mean they like him, just recognize reality.
Besides, Republicans aren’t the party that’s made a reputation of favoring foreign dictators over American politicians. It was only in September that a Rasmussen poll found a whopping 69 percent of Democrats actually believed Trump was a greater threat to world peace than the North Korean dictator. That’s a serious dislocation from reality, and one the party doesn’t seem in any hurry to fix.
Even more unbelievable, though, is that the poll-takers could find 17 out of 100 Republicans who actually had a favorable opinion of Nancy Pelosi. Over three decades in Congress, including the speakership from 2007 to 2011, she has given Republicans innumerable reasons not to like her.
This is the woman who shepherded Obamacare into law in 2010, remember, with a series of backroom deals and late-night votes that would have embarrassed a banana republic.
Since Republicans took back the House in 2010, she’s been a minority leader who has desperately tried to claw back power for her party. Since Trump’s election in 2016, if anything, she’s gotten even more cracked, embarrassing herself and the country – stooping so low as to stand up for the murderous thugs of the MS-13 gang just to spite the president.
The fact that she’s waiting in the wings to resume the speakership if Democrats take back the House in the fall midterms doesn’t make her any more popular among Republicans — even ones that are lukewarm about the administration. That longtime animosity showed in the poll.
“Sixty-eight percent of Republicans said they held an unfavorable opinion of Kim, while 72 percent said they had an unfavorable view of Pelosi,” The Hill reported.
The truly crazy part of this is that the news is being greeted in liberal media outlets as showing Republicans are the ignorant ones. (Take a look at The Hill’s Twitter account to see just how hate-filled and gullible liberals can be.)
In an email quoted by The Hill report, Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill summed up the head-in-the-sand mentality perfectly:
“On a daily basis, President Trump praises this dictator and thug so it only makes sense that his party is following his lead like lemmings over a cliff,” Hammill wrote.
That’s absurd, and it’s very likely Hammill knows it. The Kim situation is a matter of the political moment. Nancy Pelosi, on the other hand, has been deeply disliked by conservatives and even moderate Republicans for a very long time – from long before Donald Trump was a serious consideration for the presidency.
The shocking thing about this poll isn’t that Pelosi is behind Kim, it’s that either one of them were in even in the double digits.
Whatever happens as a result of the Trump-Kim summit, the fact that it happened at all gives optimists a small hope, however fleeting it may turn out to be, that dealing with Kim could ultimately be productive – and possibly produce a freedom and prosperity for the North Korean people that would otherwise be impossible.
Pelosi has spent a career in public life giving no indication she’s even that reasonable. And that’s why she’s so toxic.
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