Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain imitated House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in a mocking, whiny voice while appearing on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday.
Cain praised tea party Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) during the segment for staging a 13-hour talking filibuster against President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Central Intelligence Agency, saying it gave Americans “time to begin to get familiar with some of the facts of the situation.”
Cain added that the nomination of John Brennan was somewhat unlike the passage of the Affordable Care Act, during which Pelosi mangled an explanation of why Democrats were having a hard time debunking Republican criticism, some of which seemed to be made up.
“And Nancy Pelosi said, ‘We have to pass it to tell you what’s in it,’” Cain said in a high-pitched voice. “Remember that phrase?”
The quote he cited was taken out of context and immortalized by Fox News and conservative media because it was simple to isolate on it’s own. Pelosi later explained she was was referring to the ability to highlight specific elements in legislation in order to dispel popular myths in the media — not saying the legislative process is off-limits to Republican members of Congress.
“That was the best immitation I think I’ve ever heard,” Hannity laughed.
“I mean, come on Sean, that is an insult to the intelligence of the American people,” Cain said.
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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