Nancy Pelosi knew of and approved of waterboarding. Does the anti-torture caucus care? Almost certainly not. All the millions of characters of text spent on the subject was just an exercise is pummeling Bush, Cheney and the rest of the old guard.
Of course if the critics of waterboarding meant any of it, they have to call for the Speaker’s resignation. Mark Foley was rightly drummed out of the House for the attempted seduction of a page. William Jefferson was stripped of his powerful committee post because of his love of cash. Both men were rogues, of course, but to be an accomplice to torture, which the Speaker surely is in the eyes of the Bush critics, has got to be deserving of far worse punishment than either man received.
Nancy P. doesn’t have to worry though. It has never been about torture for most of the hysterical critics of W. She’ll get a pass. But when next you read an impassioned denunciation of torture, look for the reference to Nancy Pelosi, and when you don’t see it, laugh at the writer.