For quite some time now, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House, has been teasing that she possesses confidential information about another former Speaker, Newt Gingrich. Gingrich is running for President, and Pelosi has been giggling to reporters that she knows some secret that could knock him out of the race.
In December, she teased Talking Points Memo with her little something-something:
“I like Barney Frank’s quote the best, where he said ‘I never thought I’d live such a good life that I would see Newt Gingrich be the nominee of the Republican party,’” Pelosi said in an exclusive interview Friday. “That quote I think spoke for a lot of us.”
Pelosi didn’t go into detail about Gingrich’s past transgressions, but she tipped her hand. “One of these days we’ll have a conversation about Newt Gingrich,” Pelosi said. “I know a lot about him. I served on the investigative committee that investigated him, four of us locked in a room in an undisclosed location for a year. A thousand pages of his stuff.”
Pressed for more detail she wouldn’t go further.
“Not right here,” Pelosi joked. “When the time’s right.”
Gingrich, for his part, responded by calling Pelosi’s threat “an early Christmas gift” and pointed out that revealing confidential information from an investigative committee for political purposes would be “a fundamental violation of the rules of the House,” for which she should be brought up on charges “the second she does it.”
Pelosi was back at it again Tuesday night, stating in a CNN interview that she was confident Gingrich would never be President. When asked why, she leaned forward with a grin and said, “There’s something I know.”
Pelosi’s office apparently panicked after an exasperated Gingrich called her on it, and told Fox News, “I think if she knows something, she ought to say it, and if she doesn’t know something, she ought to quit saying it, but this is baloney.” It takes a lot of discipline to train yourself to say “baloney” on camera, instead of the more common word beginning with “B” that most of us would use to describe Pelosi’s behavior.
Hilariously, the walkback from Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill is that “the ‘something’ Leader Pelosi knows is that Newt Gingrich will not be President of the United States. She made that clear last night.”
Have a look at the video for yourself. This is what passes for “clarity” in today’s Democrat Party. Remember, this party voted for Pelosi to be Minority Leader after she was mercifully removed from the Speaker’s chair.
Why the sudden spin cycle? Maybe Pelosi is afraid of running into House ethics rules, or getting some feedback that other Democrats are getting queasy with her little tease. Another explanation is that Gingrich has been strongly making the case that the blizzard of ethics charges filed against him by Democrats were purely political in nature, a case of sore losers gaming the system to damage a hated enemy. This is what he said on the subject during the GOP debate in Tampa, Florida on Monday:
The fact is, the vote on the Ethics Committee was in January of 1997. I asked the Republicans to vote yes because we had to get it behind us. The Democrats had filed 84 ethics charges for a simple reason: We had taken control of the House after 40 years, and they were very bitter.
And the fact is, on every single ethics charge of substance that was dismissed in the end, the only thing we did wrong is we had one lawyer written by letters — I mean, written one letter, and the one letter was in error. I didn`t pay a fine. I paid the cost of going through the process of determining it was wrong.
Pelosi adds tremendous weight to Gingrich’s argument by slithering around cable news shows and blatantly treating the ethics process as a political tool. Also, running against Nancy Pelosi is a sure-fire winner everywhere except the district that keeps inflicting her on the rest of America. (It’s easy to recognize – the streets are littered with ObamaCare waivers.)
Either Pelosi realized that she really is the perfect Christmas gift to Newt Gingrich, she’s worried about facing her own ethics charges for her behavior, or someone else in her party got to her and told her to knock it off.