Jonathan Turley has a post about Speaker Pelosi’s visit to The View in which see declares that there is no evidence that President Bush committed any crime. Turley seems a little bit shocked and dismayed at the circumstance where those statements were made, stating “instead of the proceedings envisioned by the Framers, Speaker Pelosi has reduced the matter to a fun exchange with a comedian on a gossip and gripe show.” I agree with his sentiment. The View isn’t going to challenge Pelosi meaningfully on her assertions like Turley would. However, why would she go to another venue? Is she in any real danger of losing her seat?
Politics in America are a little baroque. I understand this reality to a certain degree. American politics do take place at the collective level of the general populace, and possibly well-below. As Henry Mencken put it, “no one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.” This is also the operating principle of the mainstream media also (more so than the supposed “liberal” bias). Ultimately, there is only one thing a politician listens to, and those are votes. Or more specifically, whether or not an opponent can garner more than they can. There are a few different strategies for this including third-parties or primary challenges. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. We can bemoan Congress’ inability to hold the Bush administration accountable. But, I must ask, if this is so wrong, and so un-American, what are we doing to hold the people who were complicit in the corruption accountable? I’m not saying that it is going to be easy, but change happens not when people complain, but rather when people start supporting an alternative. In the case of Pelosi and the House of Representatives, change can take place rather rapidly, if enough people wanted it to. Moving the minds of our fellow citizens, seems to me, to be one of the most challenging of all feats, yet it is the only thing that will produce meaningful change.