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October 27, 2010

Hey, Do You Think These Stories Are Connected?
1. Nancy Pelosi's "Speaker Shuttle" Is a Costly Mega-Perk Which She'll Lose If No Longer Speaker
2. Nancy Pelosi Will Resign if Dems Lose House

I was just about to link this evergreen story about Nancy Pelosi's Broomstick Express with the snark that she'll resign if we take it away from her.

Quoted below, a section wherein Granny Rictus McBotoxImplants' staff attempts to get the plane repositioned away from SFO to a small strip near her Napa Valley house. Because it's too much to drive almost 90 minutes to the airport like everyone else.

By the end of 2008, Pelosi had been speaker for nearly two years. But the military was about to confront another controversy regarding her use of the Speaker Shuttle. According to a Dec. 9, 2008 military email, the Speaker Shuttle was at San Francisco International Airport as usual, waiting to take her back to Washington D.C. The email said that Pelosi wanted the jet to be moved, or "repositioned," just 51 miles away to Travis Air Force Base, closer to her Napa Valley home but far outside of her district.

"(T)he jet will not reposition to Travis," says a military official, "Jet will depart from SFO."

"(W)hy can't the jet reposition to Travis?" asks another military official. "You know this is a firestorm waiting to happen."

"We can't reposition the airplane such a short distance. It is not a judicial use of the asset. It is too expensive to operate the jet when there is truly no need to do so."

The exchange between apparently frustrated military officials continues.

"You know I understand and feel with you...but, this is a battle that we are bound to lose if we tell the speaker office..I wish that I could say this is a one-time request, but we know it will probably happen again in the future. We know you are correct in your justification, but this is still the request from the speaker's office."

"We have never done this in the past. The deal is from (the Office of the Secretary of Defense and) the White House that the Speaker shuttle is from DC to SFO and back. We will not resposition. We do not reposition for convenience, even for the SECDEF (Secretary of Defense). It is not too far of a drive from Travis to SFO. Did the (Air Force) escort suggest to the Speaker that this is ok? If so, I hope you guys correct them immediately. If you agree with me that I am correct, then you need to stay strong and present the facts to the Speaker's office."

"She lives about 1.5 hours from SFO and much closer to Travis... From our point of view, it is difficult to tell the speaker that we can't support her when the whole reason we have a jet is to support her. Whether it is the best use of assets is not the question, but instead is it worth upsetting the speaker due to what really amounts to a rather minor point?"

From there, the record drops off.

For emphasis: The question isn't whether or not this is the best use of the "asset," the question is do you dare piss off the Speaker of the House?

It's like $30,000 a trip. And she uses it to ferry around her family, friends, and fellow Democrats like it's a hired car.

Well, so Nancy-Nan loves her some taxpayer-paid Gulfstream taxi service. Does she love it so much she'd quit if they took that away?

Perhaps (at Hot Air's headlines).

Democrats on Capitol Hill and K Street are increasingly convinced that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would have little interest in being Minority Leader — and may start preparing to leave Congress altogether — if Republicans win the House next week.

Pelosi and her allies adamantly refuse to entertain questions about a possible Democratic minority. But Democratic sources say they have a hard time imagining the 70-year-old, independently wealthy California Democrat would want to return to the less-powerful post that she held for four years before becoming Speaker in 2007, particularly after having spent the past four years driving the Congressional agenda.

Taking away the witch's broomstick -- isn't that a good reason to Be the Wave?

A caller on Rush, I'm told, just gave us and Freedom Works a shout-out on air, imploring all of Rush's Legions to Be the Wave.

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