Everybody’s talking about Nancy Pelosi’s press conference yesterday. I’m listening to Republicans on cable yapping about this contradiction or that contradiction. But what I’ve seen very little attention to is the fact that Pelosi had an answer that really answers all the questions, a plenary answer you might say: she supports a Truth Commission.
Here’s where we are. There are various documents and recollections from around through the news ether. Pelosi’s accusers are saying she knew more than she admits. She says that many of these claims are false and the documents perhaps erroneous, and that she’s been consistent and true to her opposition to torture. And then she says, and I think there should be a broad-ranging Truth Commission to investigate what happened, who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. You can see it here at about 3:45 in.
That says it all. She wants it all investigated. The whole point of this storm about Pelosi is that her critics want her to be embarrassed and stop supporting a Truth Commission or any sort of examination of what happened. But she’s not. She still says there should be an investigation. Her critics still want the book closed. That says it all. She’ll have to stand or fall with the results of an actual investigation. Her opponents on this are simply risible hypocrites.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.