Friday, February 09, 2007

Pelosi's Plane is Bigger than Hastert's, Wah! Wah!

In the following video, Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) patiently explains to GOPers why second-in-line to the presidency Speaker Pelosi needs a plane that is capable of traveling swiftly across the country. Nancy Pelosi explains the plane controversy. Apparently, right-wingers view the security of the Speaker as not a big deal when she is a Democrat. [via TPM -- sorry, C-SPAN pulled the Bart Gordon video] Update: Crooks and Liars has the pulled video.

The leaders of this GOP-generated controversy are Minority Whip Roy Blunt of Missouri and Rep. Adam Putnam of Florida. Their lies have been all over Fox News, CNN, rightwing talk radio and blogs.

Somehow Republicans are free to while away their time making stuff up instead of talking about how Americans are dying in the ugly GOP-generated reality of Iraq.

From the Statement from the House Sergeant at Arms:

As the Sergeant at Arms, I have the responsibility to ensure the security of the members of the House of Representatives, to include the Speaker of the House. The Speaker requires additional precautions due to her responsibilities as the leader of the House and her Constitutional position as second in the line of succession to the presidency.

In a post 9/11 threat environment, it is reasonable and prudent to provide military aircraft to the Speaker for official travel between Washington and her district. The practice began with Speaker Hastert and I have recommended that it continue with Speaker Pelosi. The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable. This will ensure communications capabilities and also enhance security. I made the recommendation to use military aircraft based upon the need to provide necessary levels of security for ranking national leaders, such as the Speaker. I regret that an issue that is exclusively considered and decided in a security context has evolved into a political issue.

And from Think Progress: CNN Champions Pelosi Smear, Covers False Washington Times Story Six Days Straight