The past week has not been what one would call a great week for our political leaders.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi gave one of the worst press conferences that I can remember a House leader ever giving.
She accused the Central Intelligence Agency of deliberately misleading her in an oversight briefing in September of 2002.
In the press conference, where she stumbled with her notes, the Speaker declared war on the CIA. "Liar, liar" and "They didn't tell me," were her profound defenses for her not speaking up about waterboarding and her knowledge that it was being used. At the time, she was the ranking minority member of the Intelligence Committee and was briefed along with then-Chairman Porter Goss, a Republican.
Goss, who went on to become the CIA director, recalls it differently. That began a back-and-forth with the Speaker's Democratic allies jumping to her defense. In the other corner, former Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Republican leaders demanded she apologize and/or step down as Speaker. So much for a different tone in Washington.
Her final retort that, "They mislead us all the time," must have made the recruiters at Langley very happy. Not.
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