Pelosi: ‘500 Americans Lose Their Jobs’
Nancy Pelosi has a powerful argument for passing the stimulus: “Every month that we do not have an economic recovery passage, 500 million Americans lose their jobs.” As Jim Geraghty notes, “That’s astonishing, considering the population of the United States is about 300 million.”
During the primaries, Barack Obama famously claimed, “I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.” Aside from some jokes at his expense, he was given a pass because we were all pretty sure he knew there were only 50 states and that he was either just tired or was counting DC and the various territories that held Democratic primaries and caucuses.
One wonders, though, if Nancy Pelosi knew how many people are in the country. I’m guessing she does now.
UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds reckons, “I don’t know that this really makes Nancy Pelosi ‘dumber than soap.’ But if Sarah Palin had said this, it would be taken as proof that she was unsuited for national politics.” Ouch. And heh, indeed.