When Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House in 2006, she famously vowed to "drain the swamp." It was a cute metaphor, but to actually drain the swamp she and her fellow Democrats in Congress would have to get their hands dirty. This week, the House Judiciary Committee voted in favor of finding former Bush advisor Karl Rove in contempt of Congress for his refusal to testify before the panel, but the AP reported that Pelosi would not decide whether to bring the measure to a final vote until September. The delay, likely due to Congress's summer recess, wouldn't be so alarming if Pelosi hadn't already refused to follow through with almost every other pursuit of justice regarding the Bush administration's flagrant disregard and contempt for the rule of law.
Pelosi appeared on The View this week to promote her new book, Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters. The message, apparently, is to know your power but not to act on it. When co-host Joy Behar asked why Pelosi ruled against the impeachment of George W. Bush, she claimed there is no evidence "that this president committed these crimes." Quite the contrary, Mrs. Pelosi: A new book by The New Yorker's Jane Mayer, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals, cites a secret Red Cross report stating that the CIA was guilty of using torture and that high-level administration officials who approved the use of those techniques could be tried for war crimes; earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the President does not have the authority to conduct warrantless wiretaps on American citizens as part of the criminal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act; an internal Justice Department investigation determined that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales aides Monica Goodling and Kyle Sampson violated federal law by politicizing the hiring of U.S. attorneys (though the report apparently only cites civil violations, not criminal); and then, of course, there is the outing of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, and on and on.