House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Md., second from right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2009. Joining him, from left are, Rep. Xavier Bacerra, D-Calif., Rep. John Larson, D-Conn. and House Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina
A good catch of the nuance of Steny Hoyer defending Nancy Pelosi on CIA enhanced interrrogation techniques, including waterboarding by Jim Geraghty of National Review.
In an effort to help out Nancy Pelosi, the number two Democrat in the House, Steny Hoyer, asserts that CIA Director Leon Panetta doesn’t know what he’s talking about: “As I understand, Mr. Panettaâ€™s notes donâ€™t reflect that. Mr. Panetta was not there and he wasnâ€™t the director. I havenâ€™t seen the notes.”
Hoyer has now effectively doubled down on Pelosi’s claim, arguing that Panetta is lying when he wrote, “our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing “the enhanced techniques that had been employed.”
Read the entire piece in which Hoyer asserts: “I believe the Speaker.” Yet…………
Asked by CNSNews.com Tuesday whether he agreed with Pelosiâ€™s more general statement that the CIA misleads Congress all the time, Hoyer said: â€œYou guys want to hang on to this like a laser. I think thatâ€™s unfortunate. What the speaker said was she was not specifically advised as to the specific enhanced interrogation techniques that were being utilized. I believe her when she says that. Iâ€™m not going to go into every other facet of this that you — Iâ€™m not going to go into every facet of this. I made my statement. I think itâ€™s pretty clear. I hope nobody here misinterprets what I just said.â€
So, what the hell does that mean?
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer has essentially said that CIA Director Leon Panetta does not know what he is talking about, insists that Speaker Pelosi has a great memory and doesn’t want to committ to the proposition that the CIA misleads us all of the time, as Pelosi maintains.
Typical POL DOUBLESPEAK – but watch him stick the knife in Pelosi’s back, if she appears wounded.
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Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks to reporters at a news conference about her plans for the first 100 hours of the new congress at the Capitol in Washington, December 14, 2006.
The Boston Globe: The first 100 hours
House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi and her top aides have outlined a full agenda for Democrats’ first 100 legislative hours in power, starting after members of the 110th Congress are sworn in today. Pelosi has vowed to complete work on those items before President Bush delivers his State of the Union address on Jan. 23.
The Influence Peddler decodes the first 100 hours (via Patrick Ruffini)
So much of politics is a matter of perception and expectations, so it’s useful at this point to review the program offered by Rep. Pelosi before the election for the agenda of the first 100 hours of her Speakership:
2) Increase minimum wage–probably to $7.25 (scheduled for Jan. 10)
3) Remove existing restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research (scheduled for Jan. 11)
4) Permit (or require) the federal government to negotiate prescription drug price schedules with pharmaceutical companies (scheduled for Jan. 12)
5) Cut interest rates on federally guaranteed student loans “in half
” (scheduled for Jan. 17)
It’s hard to see how this can be done successfully.
Read it all.
Patrick reminds us of the Contract with America and the GOP’s Newt Gingrich when he assumed the Speakership in 1995:
Hereâ€™s the Contract with America for handy side-by-side reference. Republicans passed eight substantive measures on the first day of their majority, and as someone who was up watching it late that night on C-SPAN, the first day didnâ€™t mean â€œnext week.â€
Pelosiâ€™s Congress is in with a whimper. Itâ€™s not hard to see why the Sheehanites are upset.
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