Pelosi Is Now Obama’s Biggest Anchor, Liability

So, for the first time in weeks, the GOP seems to have gotten off the mat. All of its spokesmen are singing off the same page. The party is on offense — words like impeachment and resignation are being tossed around. And this time, the target is a Democrat.

By Robert A. George
San Francisco
Thank you, Nancy Pelosi.

In just a few days, it’s as if the entire DC establishment has collapsed around her. 

The House speaker’s disastrous press conference last week — ending in her saying that, essentially, the Central Intelligence Agency lied to her about the nature of the enhanced interrogation techniques being used to get information out of detained war captives — has been a galvanizing event uniting Republicans and sending nearly all would-be Democratic defenders scrambling. The White House distanced itself from her claims.

CIA Director Leon Panetta — a former Democratic member of the House and White House chief of staff under Bill Clinton — defended his agency, saying that it’s “not in the business of misleading” Congress.

Republican leader John Boehner said that Pelosi needs to put up or shut up — prove that the CIA lied or apologize.

Newt Gingrich piled on repeatedly, saying that she could be in danger of losing her speakership if it appeared she lied. Considering that he was nearly ousted in a internal coup, the man knows whereof he speaks. 

This episode demonstrates a couple of things: 1) Pelosi is a real anchor around Democrats, demonstrating so few political skills that she has given Republicans a sword when they were completely flailing around; 2) in the world of baby boomer politics, there is no greater sin than hypocrisy — not adultery, not torture, nothing but being seen as a hypocrite. 

Read the rest:

Michelle Malkin:

“Pelosi’s gone too far. She’s opened Pandora’s Box.” Offered Lie Detector
Pelosi got “a blunt and harsh rebuke,” “thrown under bus”
Pelosi Derails Obama Agenda; Obama Needs To Ask Her To Resign

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), seems to be dragging her party down by getting into a needless fight with the CIA over torture briefings. Photo from Getty Images

Leon Panetta 
Above: Leon Panetta.  Photo by AP

2 Responses to “Pelosi Is Now Obama’s Biggest Anchor, Liability”

  1. futiledemocracy Says:

    Republicans must be the only people on the planet who belief the CIA doesn’t lie all the time.
    If Pelosi is forced out, then I’d like to see a full torture enquiry, i’d like to see Cheney locked up, Bush locked up and Rumsfeld locked up.

  2. csjd Says:

    The Pelosi affair is one of the most beautifully engineered political coups we have seen in a lifetime. Rahm Emanuel pulled every string leading to Nancy’s demise. I have been warning conservatives that talk radio will be blamed. Today that was confirmed as Sen. Durbin of Illinois put the blame for Pelosi’s problems squarely on talk radio rather than on the Speaker herself. Consider: the White House released the CIA report contradicting Pelosi’s assertion that she had never been told that enhanced interrogation was being used. That report had been sitting on Emanuel’s desk and the White House knew the contents of the report. When it was released, Pelosi was made out to be a candidate for Liar of the Year. Emanuel knew full well that conservative talk radio would be all over the story and wouldn’t miss the chance to demonstrate Pelosi’s prevarication. Sure enough, talk radio with help from Newt Gingrich and Republican members of Congress, called for investigations and her resignation. Practically no one on the left came to Pelosi’s defense leaving her twisting in the wind. She will either resign or be forced out, the Administration will install Hoyer as Speaker with his promise to put forth the BHO agenda (unlike Pelosi), and conservatives and talk radio will be blamed as Durbin did today. Emanuel played it brilliantly. The White House rids itself of the detested Speaker and the right takes the blame. Pelosi is no longer a liability; Rahm Emanuel saw to that with the precision of a surgeon and the White House is unscathed.

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