Pelosi’s Response to Tax Return Challenge: Media Should Show Theirs!

The press is still asking House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), after demanding that Mitt Romney release more tax records, whether it wouldn’t also be appropriate for powerful Congressional leaders like herself to also do so. Her tactic at her weekly press briefing is to try to deflect the question by demanding media owners release their tax records. The video clip is here at (apologies, I could not get it to embed).

The relevant quote: “Some people think the same standards should be held to the ownership of the news media in the country, who are writing these stories about all of this. What do you think of that?”

She seems like she’s trying to joke about it (somebody in the clip is awkwardly laughing anyway), and she doesn’t actually answer the question. Instead she tries to backtrack on whether she was “adamant” about Romney releasing his tax returns and ends with a whimper that it’s traditional for presidents and presidential candidates to release them.

Arguably, it’s also traditional for Congress members to try to hide how filthy stinking rich they also are in order to appear “close to the people,” so Pelosi is following a fine, fine tradition.

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  • AlmightyJB||

    Thats a really horrible reference to have alongside a photo of Pelosi.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Curse your speedy typing skillz!

  • AlmightyJB||


  • LTC(ret) John||

    OK, lets all agree that "you show me yours and I'll show you mine" should NEVER, EVER be uttered in relation to a story involving Nancy Pellosi.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||


  • o3||

    i woulda hit that stuff say 25 yrs ago

  • John Thacker||

    25 years ago "that stuff" wasn't in her body. Botox always looks unnatural to me.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Also, no alt-text? Talk about a freebie!

  • Concerned Citizen||

    Yeah, Nancy, you have nothing to hide. No insider trading type bullshit to dance around, no siree.

  • Dr. Frankenstein||

    I like one suggestion that Romney should make a deal. His tax returns in exchange for Fast and Furious documents.

  • AlmightyJB||

    Nice. You should email his campaign

  • Almanian 1||

    I, too, like this idea.

    "I'll release me tax returns if the President releases his college transcripts..."

    Oh for a politico with some ballz....

  • Mainer2||

    Go to youtube and search for Nigel Farage. There was a link at HnR recently, but there's a bunch of vids of Farage, the oral assisin. In one, he refers to a group of presidents as an "incompetence"...great stuff.

  • EDG reppin' LBC||

    I'll release me tax returns if...

    So now you've got Romney talking like a leprechaun?

  • Mainer2||

    or a pirate.

  • Mainer2||

    OT, but did anyone watch Stossel last night ? In a general way, Pelosi reminded me of the ex-prosecutor lady in the sense that both are despicable human beings.

  • Almanian 1||

    Thanks for the tip - hopefully they'll re-run the show - I'll look for it!

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    Sometimes I think it's just an act; I think "she can't be that dimwitted, not for real".

    But then I remember that she's in Congress.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    apologies, I could not get it to embed

    Just couldn't bring yourself to embed something from Breitbart, eh? Well, that's okay. It's not really news that Nancy "Are you serious?" Pelosi is the worst.

  • Pro Libertate||

    If money in campaigns is such a big deal, why aren't the financial records of all public officials thrown open to public scrutiny? Seriously.

  • o3||


  • wareagle||

    "What do you think of that?”

    Madame Leader, I think that by even your standards, that is among the ten stupidest things ever uttered by anyone in Congress.

  • The Hammer||

    "What do you think of that?”

    Jesus Christ. This woman debates like a retarded 10 year old.

  • Serf||

    That sir is an affront to retarded ten year olds everywhere.

  • tarran||

    I've known a couple or retarded 10 year olds, and they were sweet kids who were honest (for 10 year olds) and I could trust them to try to do the right thing.

    In no way should they be insulted by comparing them to the slime that is Nancy Pelosi.

  • Red Rocks Rockin||

    It sounds more like the bitch is just losing it and becoming senile. I forced myself to listen to about 5 minutes of an interview with her on one of the morning yakfests a few weeks ago, and I couldn't believe someone so incoherent was actually Speaker of the House in the last decade.

  • Tulpa the White||

    Mayor Daley used that argument all the time back in the day.

  • The Craig||

    The most ridiculous part of all of this is, Pelosi, Romney, whoever have absolutely no idea what the hell their tax return says.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Pelosi obviously has enough of an idea to be alarmed by it...

  • The Craig||

    We can find out what she knows by asking some easy questions:

    "Nancy, yes or no, is botox a deductible medical expense?"

  • ||

    somebody in the clip is awkwardly laughing anyway

    All DC power players have paid laughers - didn't you know that?? You know you're at the bottom of the DC totem pole if you don't have at least one.

  • LTC(ret) John||

    Like in old Rome - you were the bottom of the freedman heap if you didn't have at least one slave?

  • wareagle||

    How depressing that I have no trouble believing this could be true.

  • DingHooo||

    Im surprised someone hasnt slapped that wench silly yet lol

  • Delroy||

    ...sayeth the ever-wise DingHooo.

  • R C Dean||

    Really, how stupid do these people have to be. The proverbial retarded ten year old should have seen the inevitable response to demands for tax returns: "Say, Nancy, we haven't seen yours yet. If they're so all-fired important, why don't you release yours?"

  • DaveAnthony||

    I think that the media is not the one letting lobbyists write the laws that they then vote for.

  • ||

    The proverbial retarded ten year old...

    Wow, it's a proverb already? Damn, you guys work fast.

  • Brutus||

    Pelosi is fucking crazy.

  • Pro Libertate||

    She's crazy? How about the people who intentionally vote for her over and over again?

  • Mr. FIFY||

    Good time to bring this up again:

    Great book, if you haven't read it. (Leftists won't, of course.)


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