Conservatives Co-Opt Ice Bucket Challenge to Needle Nancy Pelosi

Posted August 25, 2014 at 10:26am

Can’t beat her? Mock her!  

Such seems to be the mentality behind a new(ish) cyber swipe aimed at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  


The would-be meme suggests that if the California Democrat participated in the insanely popular #IceBucketChallenge currently flooding your every social media feed, she would disintegrate — much like Elphaba Thropp famously did in the dramatic confrontation forever burned into our collective memory by “The Wizard of Oz.”  

Perennial candidate John Dennis went to that same well in 2010, during his first attempt at wrestling the Bay-area seat away from Pelosi.

He doesn’t appear to have gotten much traction out of the parody ad: Pelosi beat the GOP hopeful by a 5-1 margin in that election (167,597 votes to 31,711). That lead only grew in the 2012 contest, with Pelosi claiming nearly 254,000 votes to Dennis’ 44,000.  

Team Pelosi was none too amused by the cinematic dig.  

“ALS is a debilitating and deadly disease. It’s predictable that conservative trolls are using the ice bucket challenge to demonstrate their poverty of ideas, but it’s disappointing that Roll Call is playing along,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said in an email. “We hope all involved will find something better to do with their remaining days in August.”