“Many Democrats in Congress have pushed for release of documents and the holding of hearings on waterboarding and other interrogation methods. Putting aside for now whether the release of such information should take place, it appears that Obama started the ball rolling down hill by releasing the interrogation memos. Barring active intervention by Obama, there will be some further level of document release, Congressional investigations, and public hearings.
This presents a problem mostly for Democrats. Republicans who were briefed on the interrogation methods at least will be consistent, for the most part, in maintaining that the methods were lawful and useful. No Republican is going to be harmed politically by the revelations because most Americans support these methods against people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed…
For Democrats, however, the damage could be significant. Nancy Pelosi already has lost a great deal of credibility from her changing stories. Dozens of other Democrats, including such senior Senators as Jay Rockefeller, apparently also were briefed on the interrogation methods and either were silent, approved, or encouraged the policy.
This whole issue is a game-changer, and I expect that we’ll be seeing an invisible backlash on it — invisble in the same sense that the Tea Parties were invisible to many: with little to no media coverage, mockery and name-calling by clueless celebrities, a President in denial…
Quietly, we may see the trend drift toward new faces contesting the firmly-entrenched insiders in the 2010 elections; we may see many of the old guard decide it’s time to “spend more time with the family” rather than face re-election; we may even see a few more party switches a la Arlen Specter (yes, Olympia Snowe, I’m talking about you!). In the long run, these are all good things.
The Legal Insurrection piece ends with a prediction, which sounds just about right to me:
Here’s my prediction of what will happen if Democrats push the investigation to the bitter end causing damage to national security, a political death match with the CIA, and Democrat-on-Democrat finger pointing:
Stenny Hoyer, Speaker; Jane Harman, Majority Leader; Nancy Pelosi, Chair of the House sub-committee on fresh water fisheries; Republicans, unexpected gains in 2010 mid-term elections.
Time will tell, but I sure like the mental picture of Nancy Pelosi on the sub-committee on fresh water fisheries. After all, how much harm could she do there?