“It is important for us to have a strong Republican Party,” Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi tauntingly told a press conference on April 23. “And I hope that the next generation will take back the Republican Party for the Grand Old Party that it used to be.”
Well, since we’re discussing our hopes, Speaker, I have one of my own. I hope, someday, to have someone in your current job who can keep his or her story straight.
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.
Pelosi issued a statement after CIA records released this week showed that Pelosi was briefed in September 2002 on the interrogation methods. The briefings memo appeared to contradict the speaker’s claims that she was never told that waterboarding or other enhanced interrogation methods were being used.
“We were not — I repeat — were not told that waterboarding or any of these other enhanced interrogation methods were used,” Pelosi said on April 23.
The emphasis seems to be on “were used,” even though she conceded in a statement released Friday that she was told they would be used.
Speaker Pelosi, you hold the position once held by Joe Cannon, Henry Clay, Nicolas Longworth, Tip O’Neill, and Sam Rayburn. They were not all good people, all of them; but they were all effective, and they were none of them prone to panic in a tricky situation.
You do not measure up.