Crank of the Week - July 28, 2008 - Nancy Pelosi

I think this weeks Crank of the Week selection comes as little surprise to anyone who has been following the energy bill “debate” in the US House and Senate. Last week it was the irascible Harry Reid, Democratic Senate Majority leader, who won the title of outstanding crank. This week it is Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's turn in the spotlight. Pelosi, who initially promised an open debate on pending energy legislation, particularly on the question of lifting the congressionally imposed off shore drilling ban, has now resorted to parliamentary devices to block any Republican proposals on offshore oil and gas exploration.

In a fatuous statement worthy of Al Gore, Ms. Pelosi claimed she was blocking all attempts at lifting the moratorium on offshore energy exploration because of her concern for the environment. “I'm trying to save the planet; I’m trying to save the planet,” she said when questioned. “I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy.”

“I respect the office that I hold,” she went on. “And when you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.” A quick google shows that Pelosi's hard-line political stand—plus some mystical musings regarding the exploits of famous Age of Discovery explorers such as Balboa, Magellan, and Vasco da Gama—have hit the blogosphere like a tidal wave.

David Rogers of the Politico newspaper has christened Pelosi “Nancy the Navigator" because she says, “I have always loved longitude. I love latitude; it's in the stars. But longitude, it's about time... time and clocks and all the rest of that have always been a fascination for me.” It comes as no surprise that Pelosi represents San Fransisco, land of fruits, nuts and new-age psychobabble. What do they put in the water out there?