Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called Nancy Pelosi's claim that the CIA lied to her and mislead the Congress of the United States 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.
Gingrich added, Speaker Pelosi's the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent, or dishonest. Those are the only two defenses 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. This is really, really dangerous, and it is going to get a lot of people killed, if we don’t call a halt to it.
Here are Newt's comments on SanFran Nan's latest convoluted version of the truth.
Nancy Pelosi's face looked particularly frozen yesterday as she accused the CIA of lying to her and misleading the U.S. Congress and of course added that Bush was misleading the Congress. Blink, Blink, Blink, go Nancy's eyes as she tries to dance around her knowledge and involvement in signing off on the enhanced interrogation techniques approved by members of the House Intelligence committee of which she was the ranking Democrat. Here is Nancy version 5.0 for your viewing pleasure. The segment of Nancy's taking heat from the D.C. Press Corps begins with ABC News Jonathan Karl asking You're accusing the CIA of lying to you?
Dana Milbank dishes about the 'Presser' that rapidly devolved into a fiasco for Madame Speaker.
NBC's Mike Viqueira was the first questioner. He asked if she had been "complicit" in the use of techniques such as waterboarding because her aide had been told that such techniques were in use.
"My statement is clear, and let me read it again. Let me read it again," she said. She looked for her statement. "I'm sorry, I have to find the page," she said. She read a few lines, then paused. "I'm sorry, I had the pages out of order." By now she had begun to employ her hands in the conversation, raising an index finger, circling her hands and finally moving both hands as if conducting an orchestra.
ABC's Jonathan Karl wanted to make sure he'd heard right. "You're accusing the CIA of lying to you?"
"Yes, misleading the Congress of the United States," Pelosi repeated. As she answered, she held a fist up, waved her index finger, formed her hand into an O, pushed her hair back, then resumed leading the orchestra. She appeared to have developed a case of dry mouth and was swallowing hard.
Now questions were being shouted from all around the room; Pelosi chose one from the back. Did she wish she had done more to object? "No, no, no, no, no, no," Pelosi said. "As I say in my statement," she repeated, looking down at her papers again.
You get the idea.