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Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Metcalf Repeats Conservative Talking Points on Pelosi
Topic: Newsmax

An April 9 NewsMax column by Geoff Metcalf tries to advance a couple of conservative talking points about Nancy Pelosi.

First, Metcalf claims that "Many are comparing Nancy Pelosi to Neville Chamberlain, the infamous British appeaser," for her visit to Syria. By "many," Metcalf seems to be referring to a single Republican operative quoted by fellow NewsMax columnist Ron Kessler.

Metcalf went on to recite questionable claims about the Logan Act, which is designed to prohibit unauthorized persons from intervening in disputes between the United States and foreign governments, asserting that Pelosi "violate[d] the letter and intent of the Logan Act" and that "if ever anyone qualified for having personified a Logan Act violation; for sure it is Nasty Nancy." But a 1975 State Department memo states that nothing in the Logan Act "would appear to restrict members of the Congress from engaging in discussions with foreign officials in pursuance of their legislative duties under the Constitution."

Posted by Terry K. at 3:55 PM EDT

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