Dem Rep. Accuses GOP of Sexism over Pelosi Jab

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A congresswoman from Florida is blasting the Republican party for belittling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, suggesting that sexist comments should come as no surprise from a group that includes few women or minorities.

After the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) rebuked Pelosi for recent criticisms of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) boiled down the GOP comments to sexism.

On a Monday night appearance on the Charlie Rose Show, Pelosi said McChrystal, the top commander in Afghanistan, should not have laid out his opinions on the war in a speech in London.

"Let me say this about General McChrystal, with all due respect," she said. "His recommendations to the president should go up the line of command. It shouldn't be in press conferences...The fact is I think that that's not where this debate takes place."

Following that interview, the NRCC released a statement mocking the speaker as "General Pelosi."

"Rather than listening to a four-star general's assessments on Afghanistan, General Pelosi somehow believes she is better suited to craft our country's military policy," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain was quoted as saying. The statement continued to read, "If Nancy Pelosi's failed economic policies are any indicator of the effect she may have on Afghanistan, taxpayers can only hope McChrystal is able to put her in her place."

Wasserman Schultz questioned the nature of the NRCC's comments.

"I think the place for a woman is at the top of the House of Representatives," she told Politico. "It's evidence they long for the days when a woman's place was in the kitchen. Now a woman is third in line for the presidency... But it's not surprising, coming from a party that's 80 percent male and 100 percent white," which is the makeup of the House GOP conference.

Coming up on the "CBS Evening News": Afghanistan: The Road Ahead, an in-depth examination of the escalating conflict, airing this week at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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