Silencing the Speaker

Is this the beginning of the end for Speaker Nancy Pelosi? It’s becoming more clear every day that her political posturing over “torture” was just that–posturing. As Karl Rove outlines, Pelosi almost certainly knew about enhanced interrogation techniques several years prior to making them political ammunition.

In fact, on NRO, Andy McCarthy makes the argument that whether or not she knew that “torture” was taking place or would take place is irrelevant: knowing about and not reporting conspiracy to commit a serious crime is as serious an offense as failing to report the underlying crime itself.

Madame Speaker, take some advice from South Carolina’s venerable senior senator, Lindsey Graham: stop digging.

The sharks in the Democratic Party are even starting to circle. After all, Pelosi supported Rep. John Murtha’s insurgent campaign against majority leader Steny Hoyer, so why should Hoyer defend Pelosi–who is either lying or completely incompetent?

Pelosi has always appeared to be over her head in her role as Speaker. This whole episode, however, has shown that she very well may be just be a liar as well.

UPDATE

Well, Newt Gingrich has decided to throw his opinion into the ring, in classic Gingrich style. A few excerpts (audio of the interview is available in the link):

“I think this is the most despicable, dishonest and vicious political effort I’ve seen in my lifetime.”

“She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowist of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent, or dishonest. Those are the only two defenses,” Gingrich said. “The fact is she either didn’t do her job, or she did do her job and she’s now afraid to tell the truth.”

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