This morning, January 5th, I flipped from Rush Limbaugh
to Michael Medved and was shocked to hear both of them mocking
Nancy Pelosi’s ascension to Speaker of the House.
I was shocked I really don’t know. I suppose being
surprised over their mockery of such an event is a little
like being surprised to hear Howard Stern mention sex. But
I guess I expected everyone to be as excited about the first
woman to hold that position as I was.
Yesterday, I watched television all day – stuck on
the couch like a bum on a barstool. I watched the vote casting,
the vote counting, the announcement of Pelosi’s win,
her speech, and the subsequent commentary from television
pundits. I cheered when she announced that “all men
and women are created equal,” and I got teary eyed
when she announced that she had crashed through the “marble
Sadly, my enthusiasm wasn’t shared by many others.
Rush rued the "feminization of our culture" and laughed at
the idea that a woman might be a better leader than a man.
He then went on to discuss a story about European feminists
who have asked men to sit when urinating to alleviate the “splash
factor” and the consequent sanitation issues. You may
ask yourself how these two stories are related. Truly, your
guess is as good as mine. I can only suspect that Rush is
afraid Nancy might come into his bathroom and force him to
sit much like a master might command his dog.
As surprising as this might be, Michael Medved was even more
mean spirited than Rush. He mocked Nancy’s Tahitian
pearl necklace, her vineyards, her stock in resorts. He stated
that she was wealthy and represented wealthy San Francisco – she
couldn’t possible be a real Democrat fighting for the
common person. “From the kitchen to the Congress,” he
mocked, quoting from Nancy’s speech. “The only
time she’s ever been in the kitchen,” he argued, “was
to supervise the help.” He went on to assert that a
female Republican who brought children on stage to touch
the gavel would have been condemned for engaging in a shameless
What these two men missed in their contemptuous rants against
the Gentlewoman from California – but what was mountain
river water clear to me – was this simple point: the
very fact that two prominent media men spent the morning
after the vote denigrating and dismissing it and the woman
who was elected – in what amounted to mostly ad
hominem attacks – proves that this accomplishment was long
in coming and well worth celebrating.
What these two men also missed were Pelosi’s stirring
words: “I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership,
not partisanship, and I look forward to working with…the
Republicans in the Congress for the good of the American
people…In this House, we may be different parties,
but we serve one country…It’s an historic moment
for the Congress. It’s an historic moment for the women
of America. It is a moment for which we have waited over
200 years…But women weren’t just waiting. Women
were working. Never losing faith, we worked to redeem the
promise of America.”
What a day for American television. Too bad today’s
radio broadcasts couldn’t be equally as inspiring.