Thursday, March 12, 2009

It’s Not Pelosi, Stupid

It’s the economy.

So Patrick McHenry and other Republicans focused solely on bringing down Nancy Pelosi’s poll numbers are not helping the Republican Party or the country one bit. No one is buying it, not even ABC News:
The treasure trove of documents obtained by Judicial Watch from the Department of Defense regarding Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's use of military aircraft doesn't seem to prove the organization's allegation that Pelosi has made "unprecedented demands" for the flights.

In fact, it appears that Pelosi uses military aircraft less often than her predecessor, former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

The documents cover the period from January 2007 to November 2008 and show that Pelosi made the equivalent of 20 round-trips between Washington (Andrews Air Force Base) and San Francisco. That's an average of less than one round-trip per month. In contrast, former Speaker Hastert traveled home to his Illinois district virtually every weekend and, his former aides tell ABC News, he would almost always travel on military aircraft. Like Hastert, Pelosi also occasionally leads Congressional delegations on foreign trips (the documents show six foreign trips: one to Asia, three to the Middle East and two to Europe).

Look, their partnering with the Sierra Club over Dick Cheney’s energy task force notwithstanding, we all know that Judicial Watch is a partisan conservative group first formed to target President Clinton. So anything that comes in the mailbox with the Judicial Watch name attached needs to be looked at especially carefully. And it seems ABC News did its homework this time.

For the life of me I can’t understand why conservatives are wasting their time trying to attack their Democratic counterparts, instead of crafting their own alternatives to Democratic policy solutions. It’s really bizarre.