Video: Is Pelosi getting a bad rap on her use of military flights?

Three minutes with the boss from this morning’s Fox & Friends, in which this ABC piece attempting to debunk the Judicial Watch expose is briefly mentioned. The gist:

The documents cover the period from January 2007 to November 2008 and show that Pelosi made the equivalent of 20 round-trips between Washington (Andrews Air Force Base) and San Francisco. That’s an average of less than one round-trip per month. In contrast, former Speaker Hastert traveled home to his Illinois district virtually every weekend and, his former aides tell ABC News, he would almost always travel on military aircraft…

The Judicial Watch release cites e-mails from the military complaining that Pelosi was frequently reserving military aircraft and then canceling, causing the Air Force to incur costs as crews prepped planes than never went anywhere. These e-mails, however, are from early in her tenure as speaker…

The Judicial Watch release also cites an e-mail from a Pelosi staffer complaining about the lack of available C-5 aircraft for Congress’s 2007 Memorial Day recess, but this has nothing to do with Pelosi’s travel. Instead, the staffer was trying to arrange travel for eight Congressional delegations (all such travel is arranged through Pelosi’s office).

MM replied at her blog, emphasizing Madam Speaker’s imperiousness in requesting a military base for departure instead of a civilian airport — a privilege not even granted to the Secretary of Defense — and she makes a fair point in the clip about the hypocrisy of someone from an anti-military district flying military air. Even so, with the notable exception of the base request, seems like Hastert was as demanding as Pelosi is. I guess we’ll have to go back to dumping on her for stuff like talking up a second stimulus and then quickly backing down when everyone else in Congress reminds her what a terrible idea that is. Shucks.