The GOP, which reads this website quite a bit, has echoed the Czars accusations about SotH Nancy Pelosi either being ignorant, arrogant, or incompetent.
Newt Gingrich as well as Steve King (R-IA) and John Boehner (R-OH) have been particularly public about this as well, complete with requests that the Speaker has endangered her position.
In an interesting turn, two leading Democrats have responded to these charges. The main stream media seems to describe the response as a defense, but the defensive element seems to be…well, lacking.
Says POTUS Obama: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has just been cracking the whip and, you know, making Congress so productive over these last several days. We are grateful for her,” Translation: We are grateful she has helped make Congress productive. Theres a great non sequitur; one wonders if the President also pointed out Big Ben is the name of the bell, not the clock tower.
Says Majority Leader Steny Hoyer Let me be clear, so there is no misinterpretation of my view: I believe the speaker. Translation: I agree with something. Warning: Let me be clear indicates you are deliberately obfuscating.
To put it another way: your head of HR has been accused of incompetence, shredding documents, and denying involvement in a seriously public corporate scandal. Says the CEO of the company: We are grateful she helped us with the training budget. To which the assistant HR director replies, She says theres another side to the story; I guess there could be.
This is hardly leaping to the defense, as described by the fawning ABCNews.com. Rather, it sounds more like politicians sniffing that one of their herd is wounded, and starting to widen the circle as the wolves come in.
The Czar doubts this alone will lead to Madame Speakers resignation or replacement, but is quite certain that if that time should come, she will find herself very much alone in a very quiet room.