Conservative clackers are throwing around a quote and attributing it to Nancy Pelosi.
You don't need [G-d] anymore, you have us democrats.
A Google™ search for the full string of the quote brings up a few pages of results. The quote looks like it made the rounds in a list of quotations by "great orators" in politics. The joke sneers at the current democratic leaders by comparing them to the historical giants: Andrew Jackson, FDR, Truman and Kennedy. The new classics are in there. Bill Clinton's question about the definition of is. Barack Obama's 57 states. All the proof some people need that today's political party is made of fools.
The Pelosi quote is acting quite young. And perhaps apocryphal. All of the sources below attribute the quote along with the extra information
said back in 2006after Pelosi's name. Several include it in parentheses. This has cut-and-paste all over it.
The is the type of faithfulness that occurs when a line is sent around to a lot of people, probably in a forwarded email from your aunt. All your conservative cousins like the list, and nobody bothers to type it out, so the contents don't shift in transit.
A commenter here has done a little massaging of the line, writing that Pelosi said
'You don't need [G-d]; we're going to take care of you.'
Here in a February 24 2009 post.
Here in a February 10 2009 comment.
Here in a December 30 2008 post.
Here in a November 13 2008 comment.
Here in an October 29 2008 comment.
Here in an October 22 2008 post.
Here in a Sept 10 2008 forum post.
Here in an October 10 2007 forum post.
The October 2007 post looks like an early appearance but it seems an unlikely original source. It's also not an identical result. The line ends with "you have the Democrats" and no year is given.
This Free Republic post by Kimmers indeed claims an email as the source. An interesting detail: one commenter notes that the Pelosi quote is unfamiliar.
A little searching for the favored title of the piece and we find the history of these drafts:
This March 18 2004 post by David Flanagan is titled Great Orators of the Democratic Party and it starts off with the four quotes from Jackson FDR Truman and JFK. The current fool in 2004 was Kerry.
Four months later in this post Evilwhiteguy throws in a new Kerry quote.
By 2005 in this post Learning Richard has moved on to Howard Dean.
A search for <"great orators" democratic party> shows that this goes back a while. And it looks like Pelosi was thrown in sometime last year. At least in the online versions. Well that would make sense if she said it in 2006.
So I'm still looking for the source of the attribution, but I have found so little evidence of its veracity that I'll go out on a limb and guess that it's a complete fake. Even with a wider net we get very few hits. Just the first half of the quote alongside the search term 'pelosi' brings up only a handful of pages.*
It's also a good idea to check the Google™ News results. The full string search yields not a single hit. The first half of the line: nothing. the first half without quotes alongside the name Pelosi: 35 unrelated results.
This precious little nugget of mockable wisdom looks to be the product of some snide alchemy.
*Initial results promise 700+ hits, but that estimate gets whittled down quickly.