That one word is all that is needed to describe the actions of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.
After piling laurels and platitudes at the feet of General Petraeus to be the new commander in Iraq, we find Harry Reid rushing to judgement. We find him saying he will not believe anything General Petraeus says in his briefing to Congress about the situation in Iraq. For as everyone who has watched the news has learned, Harry Reid has declared the war in Iraq lost. So how ill-mannered of General Petraeus to report anything to the contrary.
Meanwhile we have Nancy Pelosi. While General Petraeus was leading the first phases of the surge in Baghdad with boots on the ground, Nancy and some hanger-ons was jetting off. While American and Iraqi forces fought to secure Baghdad against terrorists, Nancy was in Damascus meeting with one of the supporters of terrorism in Iraq during her Spring Break recess. Now that General Petraeus is back in the United States to give a briefing, all Nancy could find in her busy unpublished schedule was a 30 minute phone conference since the General's own schedule was too busy to give Nancy a personal briefing as she wanted.
Harry Reid is that classic of political animals. He has a vested interest in one and only one view of the world. He loves that view so much no one better contradict him or face his wrath. Well General Petraeus is in select company, Reid obviously lumps him in with President Bush.
Nancy Pelosi, in her haughty demand that General Petraeus come at her beck and call to give her a personal briefing, is displaying for the whole world how truly petty she is. She is like the wastrel self-absorbed nobility that Western Civilization has spent the last few centuries ridding itself of, she is Her Imperial Hindness.
Both are unfit for the offices they hold.