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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Pelosi Surrounds Herself With Herself

Nancy Pelosi reportedly has been one of the best Speakers of the House, if the standard is keeping members in line. Lasting power, however, requires more than an up vote on a particular piece of legislation. Being a powerful Speaker requires someone who has credibility and can think two steps ahead. On both counts, Pelosi's hold on power is weak.

The emerging details of Pelosi's briefings are the subject of posts all over the internet. Drip by drip, Pelosi's story that she didn't know about waterboarding is falling apart:

The new chart of briefings, prepared by the Office of the Director of National intelligence and the first full listing of briefings, appears to call into question the assertion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she was never told that waterboarding and other methods were used, only that the Central Intelligence Agency believed they were legal and could be used.

The chart says that at the first briefing, on Sept. 4, 2002, Ms. Pelosi, then the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, and Representative Porter J. Goss, then the committee’s Republican chairman, were given a “description” of the interrogation methods that “had been employed” against a prisoner, Abu Zubaydah.

Where are we now, was it she was in the room but on the telephone when the technique was described, or was in the room but not listening, or in the room but thought it was just hypothetical, or was in the room but was told she wouldn't be tested on the material. Maybe the dog ate her homework, so she was excused from class that day. At this point, it is hard to keep her story straight.

Pelosi has lost any measure of credibility on the issue of waterboarding. She would be credible if she said, "I knew about it but given the threat assessment and the need to protect the country, I went along." Or, "I knew about it and made a mistake." Almost anything other than the stories she is telling would have preserved Pelosi's credibility.

And that gets me to the second point, thinking two steps ahead. Pelosi, over the objections of Obama and Harry Reid, has been pushing for a "truth commission" to find out who knew what and when about waterboarding. Huh? Pelosi already knows the answer. She was in the room. So she is demanding an investigation which likely will prove her to be less than wholly truthful with the truth. Brilliant.

Admittedly, I've never been good at chess. Thinking two steps ahead is more a checkers kind of analysis. Chess requires that one think at least several steps ahead. But one thing I do know, because I was a Yes fan as a teenager, is that you should not surround yourself with yourself, which is exactly what Pelosi has done.

UPDATE: The Other McCain links and thinks Roundabout is superior. You be the judge.

UPDATE No. 2: A more important question: Why Doesn't the Left Call for Pelosi's Resignation? and now this: Pelosi's amnesia - Either that or she slept through CIA briefings

UPDATE No. 3: I didn't see this one coming (via Instapundit)(emphasis mine):

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted Friday that she was briefed only once about the "enhanced" interrogation techniques being used on terrorism suspects and that she was assured by lawyers with the CIA and the Department of Justice that the methods were legal.

UPDATE No. 4: And version at least no. 4:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned in early 2003 that the Bush administration was waterboarding terror detainees but didn’t protest directly out of respect for "appropriate” legislative channels, a person familiar with the situation said Monday.

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  1. I have really good intuition (being a woman and all) and I think this whole Pelosigate thing boils down to this:

    She really thinks she is telling the truth because on the day she was being briefed she missed the part about water boarding. She was either trying to figure out how to get in front of a camera or where she would power lunch to decide the strategy for ginning up the culture of corruption campaign or maybe she was simply mulling the thought of how she would look in that lovely new sea green suit she was going to wear the next day. Whatever, she was not THERE there that day. Physically, yes. Mentally, no. So, she was only being honest when she said she wasn’t told, and then they showed her the memo and suddenly she remembered the sea green suit and thought uh-oh...

    She is a dolt.

  2. Who really thought Pelosi, as a historical political for being the first female speaker, would actually do a good job?

    Not me. Nor my linkage.

  3. Nancy just has the same disease that most politicians have. She just doesn’t know the difference between lying and telling the truth. She says whatever she thinks is useful to her in any situation and believes the fact that she said it makes it true.

  4. They are so used to the media carrying their water that they feel comfortable saying anything. So far they are right.

  5. lacegrl130, problem is we are paying her to be there mentally and physically. If she tried to pull this off in one of Donald Trump's companies the answer would be "YOU ARE FIRED !!!", CA has the power to fire her, senate has the power to expel her. I am not holding my breath on either.

  6. This is Karl Rove striking at the Democrat party from the (political) grave. Another case of those wascawy wepubwicans snookering honorable, but terminally gullible, Democrats into giving Bush power in the belief that he wouldn't use it. Damn, I hate when that happens. That was Hillary(!)'s excuse for voting for the AUMFI...wasn't it?

    Call me a cynic, but IMO such an admission disqualifies one for a seat on my town's planning board.

  7. She appears to be the queen. But this could be her "capture", and then maybe put the OOPE in check(office of president elect, an office HE himself invented) Only in wonderland.

  8. My guess is that her next move is to claim that the Administration & CIA tricked her just like Democrats in Congress were complaining that Bush Tricked them into authorizing the invasion of Iraq.

    That of course does not to help their claim that the Bush Administration was the dumbest ever. Dumb, and yet smart enough to trick these really bright people...