Friday, February 09, 2007

Regarding Falling on the sword...

It would appear that Sergeant-at-Arms Livingood took a hit for the home team:
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not request a larger plane for personal use to travel cross-country without stopping, Bill Livingood, the House sergeant at arms, said Thursday. Livingood said the request was his, and he made it for security reasons. "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," Livingood, who has been at his post for 11 years, said in a written statement. "I regret that an issue that is exclusively considered and decided in a security context has evolved into a political issue," the statement said. Pelosi is striking back against accusations she asked for a plane larger and more expensive than the one used by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, a claim published last week in The Washington Times.(Watch Pelosi call the GOP charges "a myth" Video) The Times article, headlined "Pelosi's Power Trip -- Non-stop Nancy Seeks Flight of Fancy," led the Republican National Committee to send out a research briefing and blast Pelosi on the House floor. The article said Pelosi asked the Pentagon for "routine access" to a military plane "not only for herself and her staff, but also for relatives and for other members of the California delegation," quoting sources "familiar with the discussions." "I have never asked for a larger plane," Pelosi said. "This is a myth that they are talking about on the floor." (emphasis added)
Well, I beg to differ, Queen Nancy:
Hastert, an Illinois Republican, flew in a small commuter-sized jet. Pelosi and her aides say that because her congressional district is in Northern California, a much farther trip than Hastert's to Illinois, her security would require a larger plane that can fly coast to coast without refueling. "It's not a question of size, it's a question of distance," Pelosi said Wednesday. "We want an aircraft that can reach California."
Well, seeing as how a GulfStream 3 (the plane that Denny Hastert used) has a cruising distance of 4,033 miles, the three thousand mile trip between D.C. and San Fran would be more than achievable nonstop. And if Pelosi didn't request it, why did she sick Brave, Brave Sir Murtha to threaten the Pentagon so as to procure said extravagance? Needless to say, that dog don't hunt.

As the saying goes, "What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive."

Right now Pelosi is much akin to a spider on crack.