Rep. Chaffetz: 'Reprehensible' RNC Should Be More Like Hypocritical Boehner

May 24, 2009 11:45 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

While Rep. Chaffetz panned the RNC's offensive attack on Nancy Pelosi, he suggested that Republicans should follow Rep. John Boehner's lead in going after the Speaker.

Last week, in a James Bond spoof gone wrong, the Republican National Committee fantasized about shooting Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  When asked for an explanation, the Michael Steele-led RNC cited Pelosi's "lack of leadership" as the reason she was targeted. This weekend, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz became the first Republican lawmaker to publicly comment on the video, calling it "reprehensible, irresponsible and unpersuasive":

I thought it was reprehensible, irresponsible and unpersuasive. If we're going  to regain the credibility of the American people, we're going to have to stop  with silly antics like that. It may get a snide chuckle inside the Beltway, but it  offends most people.

While Chaffetz claimed the tasteless video was "not a winning tactic," he also seemed to suggest that attacking Pelosi over her allegation that the CIA misled Congress is a good idea. In doing so, though, he said Republicans should follow the lead of House Minority Leader John Boehner:

All we have to do is show the videos [of Pelosi's explanations] side by side, and  that should be enough for people to recognize that she's been terribly inconsistent.  I think some people have shown some real leadership here -- I think John  Boehner has been doing a good job with it. We need others in this party to  recognize that this is not a winning tactic.

However, Boehner's recent criticism of Pelosi has been blatantly hypocritical.  In 2007, Boehner responded to a National Intelligence Estimate on Iran's nuclear capability by questioning whether the intelligence community's conclusions could be trusted. And just last week, he defended GOP Rep. Peter Hoekstra's previous claims that the CIA had lied to him.

So, Rep. Chaffetz is calling for the RNC to return to hypocrisy -- the GOP's most tried-and-true "winning tactic."

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