Audio: Gingrich goes thermonuclear on Pelosi

Duck and cover before listening so that the force from this blast doesn’t knock you off your chair. Sample quotation:

“She is a trivial politician, viciously using partisanship for the narrowest of purposes, and she dishonors the Congress by her behavior.”

“Speaker Pelosi’s the big loser, because she either comes across as incompetent, or dishonest. Those are the only two defenses,” Gingrich said. β€œThe fact is she either didn’t do her job, or she did do her job and she’s now afraid to tell the truth.”

Actually, there’s a third defense — that she’s telling the truth about the CIA having misled her, a remote possibility that seems ever so slightly less remote today thanks to Tom Maguire catching Porter Goss and Richard Shelby using weasel words about what and when, precisely, they knew. Still, yesterday’s question remains: If poor, innocent Madam Speaker is the victim of a CIA cover-up on a central moral question of the war on terror, why’d she wait four years to mention it? The prospect that intel officials might be suppressing evidence they’re required to disclose to Congress would seem to me somewhat more momentous than whether Pelosi first heard about waterboarding in the fall of 2002 or five months later, yet only now does she think to bring it up?

I’m obliged to link this New Majority piece claiming to have seen details of the briefings that fully support the CIA’s account, but it’s just vague enough and anonymously sourced that I wouldn’t put too much stock in it. Proceed with caution. Click the image to listen.