The Obama campaign has asked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to shut her mouth, but in as nice a way as they possibly can. That isn’t to say they aren’t mad about her recent activities.
“It’s like ‘Thanks, madam speaker, you’ve done quite enough. Please move along,'” says one Obama adviser. “She got us stuck on three different issues that we wanted no part of. She’s no master strategist, no matter what she may believe. You may see more of her, but if her mouth is open, what comes out won’t be anything that our campaign wants anything to do with.”
According to several House Democrat leadership staffers, Pelosi grew increasingly angry several months ago that she was not being given a strategic role in directing the Democrat convention or being actively sought out by the Obama campaign for advice. “She made a point that she was queen of the far left, which was the group that really helped Obama get to where he was,” says Democrat leadership staffer, adding, “She didn’t call herself a queen, but you get the point, and so did the Obama people.”
Now Pelosi’s big mouth has ensnared Obama in Catholic abortion issues, and campaign issues from four years ago that he wanted no part of and wasn’t a part of just a week ago. Further, Pelosi’s continued gaffes on the subject have renewed examination of Pelosi’s poor standing in the Catholic Church. Given her position and votes on abortion and birth-control issues, she is not in good standing with the Catholic Church, despite what she may herself believe.