Pelosi and Pelosi's God

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Jul 29, 2016

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a PBS audience this week that white male voters have been stupid:

They voted against their own economic interests because of guns, because of gays, and because of God: the three G’s. God being the woman’s right to choose.

That last sentence is stunning, isn’t it? After this week’s Democratic convention, it does almost seem that the party’s leaders are preparing to make abortion an object of worship. But I think that Pelosi intended that remark to be ironical; I think she meant that dumb white male voters see abortion as an offense against God.

But there’s another remarkable facet of Pelosi’s argument. She is—fairly clearly—saying that white male voters acted irrationally, because they put God ahead of their own economic interests.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: billmccann7994 - Aug. 10, 2016 8:01 AM ET USA

    If I had to make a judgment I would say that the widest road to perdition is reserved for Catholics who put allegiance to any material thing, any philosophy or any person in defiance of the 10 Commandments or the Laws of Christ's Church. Are not these people the ones to whom Christ will say, "I never knew you?" Final Judgment -- an invitation to eternal life or eternal damnation. Our Choice!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jul. 30, 2016 2:02 PM ET USA

    I saw her lips moving when she said that she has studied the abortion "issue" for many years, and the Pope is clearly wrong about abortion. So here we have a self-proclaimed Catholic chastising the theologian/philosopher St. JPII for his wrong-headed and immoral teaching that abortion is not a sacrament in the Catholic Church, but instead a moral evil grave enough to cause automatic excommunication under canon law. Condemned from the 1st century in the Didache and down the succeeding centuries.

  • Posted by: MatJohn - Jul. 30, 2016 1:06 AM ET USA

    Is there any chance Pelosi will put God ahead of her political interests?

  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Jul. 29, 2016 8:16 PM ET USA

    Back when I was a progressive the popular book advancing a political strategy of convincing voters to vote "their economic interests" rather than social issues, was called _What's The Matter With Kansas?_. Even at the time I halfway thought there was something noble about the willingness of the red-staters to "vote against their interests" based on moral principles. Now it's obvious to me as a cynical appeal to selfishess, and that the Democrats are deceivers unlikely even to help economically.