Pelosi's Screw Up Must Be Hurting
The Dems Have Called In The Hacks
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It’s apparent that the Pelosi stuff is really hurting the Democrats, because they’ve mobilized their nutroots leaders to push back hard. This morning, Greenwald is claiming that Gingrich’s trip to China is equivalent to Pelosi’s trip to Syria. They’re both Speakers! They both went to foreign countries and talked about foreign policy! And, writes Greenwald, Gingrich’s comments “deviated from the Clinton administration's”
Only, that’s not what the Clinton-era White House was saying. Here are the relevant quotes from the press briefing at which the Clinton White House was asked about the trip.
- Q Was he upstaged by Gingrich?
- MR. MCCURRY: We didn't think so
- Q Did you find Gingrich's visit to China helpful, his remarks?
- MR. MCCURRY: We have long encouraged members of Congress, including the leadership of Congress, to travel in the world, to kick the tires of U.S. diplomacy overseas. We're encouraged that I think almost a fifth of the United States Congress has gone to the People's Republic to engage in dialogue with the leadership of the People's Republic. Speaker Gingrich speaks for himself, as he always does, but we did have an opportunity to exchange views with him about policy towards China prior to his departure, but he was obviously speaking for himself as he analyzed the state of U.S. relations.
- Q Do you think it's appropriate for the Speaker to make comments like the ones that he made? Is that the right thing for a member of Congress to do, as opposed to the President?
- [MCCURRY] It's useful for members of Congress to reassert the importance we attach to relations with the People's Republic and to reaffirm longstanding policy as codified in this case by the Taiwan Relations Act.
- Q But you're saying that there was no difference between the message that the Speaker and the Vice President delivered on human rights to the Chinese leaders?
- [MCCURRY] … I think their [Gingrich and Gore] public statements stand up pretty well as an account of how much both the Speaker and the administration attach importance to the subject of human rights in China.
Greenwald has long established his reputation as a deceptive partisan hack. This is just the latest reminder to never take him at his word.