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Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Politics | 10 comments

Adios, Nancy. We Hardly Knew Ye’

Just a quick hit on this one, since I’m technically on blogging hiatus for a week or two. I’ve watched the Nancy Pelosi, “The CIA Lied to Me” story unfold for some time now, and one thing has become clear. The Speaker has been caught red-handed in a “pants on fire” situation and no amount of spin in the world is going to change this. Accusing the CIA of lying took what was arguably just a garden variety case of political mendacity and turned it into a national disgrace. It is, in my humble opinion, time for Ms. Pelosi to pack her bags and head back home in disgrace.

During the Bush years, I grew more than tired of listening to certain Right wing voices constantly attacking the CIA and claiming that they were engaged in some sort of surreptitious war against George W. Bush. (Oddly enough, some of those same people are now gloating about the integrity of Langley and how dare Pelosi accuse them of anything!) It’s no less palatable now than it was then. These are dedicated people doing a job which is difficult under the best of circumstances.

In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine a politician ever coming clean and admitting that they’ve been caught with their hand in the cookie jar. But even if Pelosi managed to do that today, the damage has been done. Pack it in, Nancy. You had a great run, but this was definitely a bridge too far.

Production Note: I’m in the middle of a project which has absorbed most of my time for the month of May, but I’ll be back to my regular schedule here when it’s wrapped up. And we might even have a happy announcement for you at that time. In the meanwhile, enjoy all of the great posts from the rest of the stable of writers here at TMV and my best wishes to you all.