According to Salon's War Room, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi met the same kind of welcome in Denver today that she ran into recently in her San Francisco home district. My Congressperson has stirred up some hornets.
What are so many so angry at the Speaker about?
Certainly she often serves as the focus for frustration that a Democratic Congress cannot seem to end the Iraq war. After all, that's what many of us elected them to do. She's the leader; we think the failure is her fault.
But there's more; as soon as Democrats took control of Congress, Pelosi famously announced that "impeachment is off the table." Since impeachment is the Constitutional remedy for illegal acts by committed by government officials, this amounted to saying that the Bush Administration could get away with operating above the law.
And there's more to the anger with Pelosi even than that. According to the Washington Post, the Bush Administration may have successfully made Pelosi an accessory to its torture policy.
Bet the CIA got that exchange on tape, if it really happened.
According to Robert Scheer writing in the Nation, Pelosi claims through aide Brendan Daly
It seems hard to believe that Pelosi didn't realize that U.S. interrogators were using or intending to use any interrogation methods they bothered to tell Congress about. There's more to this, but clearly we don't know the truth of who knew what, when. Without a legal inquiry, some kind of war crimes investigation, we're not likely to know the truth, at least very soon. That's what Pelosi and the Democratic Congress have denied us by refusing to take on the Bush Administration.
So Pelosi continually gets confronted by angry constituents and former women supporters. And this year she has an opponent. Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan isn't likely to replace the Speaker, but neither does Pelosi get a free ride.