She’ll fight to the bitter end, but she’s on her way out. She may last through this Congress, but the blood is already in the water. Some in the media do seem to be covering for her, with the AP’s David Espo using his article on her press conference to lavish praise on Barack Obama and lambaste Republicans:
Pelosi’s decision to respond to her critics was something of a surprise, since most polls show Obama and his policies are popular, and Republicans have exhibited virtually nonstop political disarray in the six months since last fall’s elections.
What he says may be true, but has no place in an article like this, unless of course, you see journalism as a forum to cheerlead for Democratic policies and highlight Republican failings.
When, however, the MSM begin to address a Democrat’s failings, you know that they can no longer cover for her and have to cover her. If she were a Republican, the writing would be on the wall. Now, we’ve just got reporters wondering how to remove the pictures while they reach for their Sharpies.
It doesn’t help when a Washington Post reporter begins his article on the Speaker’s press conference yesterday when he blamed others rather than acknowledge her own misrepresentations by calling her credibility into question:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s extraordinary accusation that the Bush administration lied to Congress about the use of harsh interrogation techniques dramatically raised the stakes in the growing debate over the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism policies even as it raised some questions about the speaker’s credibility.
Pelosi’s performance in the Capitol was either a calculated escalation of a long-running feud with the Bush administration or a reckless act by a politician whose word had been called into question. Perhaps it was both.
The Bush Administration has long since left town and Democrats are still blaming the former Republican President. It does seem to be the defining article of their faith.
But, in going overboard trying to prosecute officials in that Republican’s Administration, Mrs. Pelosi seems to have gotten caught in a web of her party’s own making. She’ll hold on for a while, perhaps until the end of this Congress. With some of her partisan colleagues eager to see her gone, she’s going to have to fight to keep her job.
That could be a good thing as it will slow the expansion of government her party has planned and could shine a light on the disarray and corruption in the Democratic caucus.
Sometimes justice does prevail, even in a media culture and political system seemingly stacked against conservatives.
ADDENDUM: Peter Wehner offers a nice summary of the situation:While she, in Wehner’s words, made an “explosive charge” in accusing the CIA of “knowingly misleading a Member of Congress,” she also conceded that
. . . Michael Sheehy, a top aide, informed her about waterboarding. In other words, Ms. Pelosi did learn about waterboarding no later than February 2003, according to her own account — and she didn’t do anything about it. A letter was sent to the CIA’s general counsel, Pelosi says — but it was not sent or signed by Pelosi (Representative Jane Harman sent it). “No letter could change the policy” according to the Speaker. But of course there were several options available to Ms. Pelosi; she exercised none of them.
Democrats have long thought that the issue of waterboarding would do great political damage; they may well be right. But what they may have not anticipated is that the person who would be most damaged in this whole thing might well be the current — and perhaps at some point soon, the former — Speaker of the House.