San Francisco Values Infiltrate Congress

We San Franciscans are thrilled Rep. Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House and, like all good politicians, we hope she slaps as much pork as possible on every bill so SF can benefit from many a wasted federal dollar. (Update: See SNL’s truly hilarious Nancy Pelosi – SF Values skit!)

In addition to pork, Pelosi promises to emphasize:

California and San Francisco will have a stronger voice in the Congress, not only to promote our issues but to bring an entrepreneurial spirit to the Congress, a disruptive spirit so that we can bring fresh eyes to the challenges that we face and in the spirit of the American West come up with solutions that look to the future and not to the past.


The most amusing aspect of Pelosi’s rise is the chatter about "liberal San Francisco values."

Republicans don’t think about San Francisco unless they have to, notes The SF Chronicle. Some are even parlaying anger over Pelosi’s status into celebration that the San Francisco 49ers football team will likely move to Santa Clara. One commenter on friend Tim Taylor’s blog remarks:

Your city sucks. It is not surprising that your lame-ass liberal/Democrat motherfuckers in charge have lost the 49ers. Fuck San Francisco, and fuck the NFL.

Management guru Tom Peters is tired of this criticism. He issues an impassioned defense of San Francisco while admitting, "I’m pretty typical of the lucky ones from that glorious area … pretty "liberal"-libertarian on many contentious social issues (stem cell research, working on the environment) and a pretty well-off Entrepreneurial American Capitalist Pig Small-Business Owner." And like all good bloggers, Tom concludes with a personal, emotional plea: "Just shut the hell up."

In the end, no matter how much the rest of the country likes to make fun of this fine, foggy city, we can always take comfort in this fact, as identified by Republican strategist Dan Schnur referring to the Texas hometown of former Republican leader Tom DeLay: "The biggest difference between Tom DeLay and Nancy Pelosi is that no one wants to vacation in Sugar Land, Texas.’

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