Nancy Pelosi would like to remind you that, even though it’s completely clear that weird sh*t has been going down at the Justice Department, weird sh*t has always been going on at the Justice Department and had she and her fellow Democrats been the mean old meanies that the Republicans are totally being, they would not have been so nice. Oh, no. In fact, if they’d been mean old meanies, Nancy herself would have showed up at Karl Rove’s house in the middle of the night and dragged him away, screaming, in his underwear.
“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol … If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.” …
Asked on what grounds she could have arrested Rove, Pelosi replied, “Oh, any number. But there were some specific ones for his being in contempt of Congress. But we didn’t…”
“This is just strictly political,” she said. “It’s just the irresponsibility of the Republicans. We want jobs. Why are they spending this time doing this?”
The dried fruit has a point. Fast & Furious is, indeed, a gamble, especially for Republicans who really need to stress that a do-nothing Democratic Senate and a hapless Democratic President have wasted time playing golf, getting alien facelifts and passing health care compromise bills that are likely unconstitutional rather than addressing the economy.
But that doesn’t change the fact that Nancy could only have arrested Karl Rove in her wildest fantasy. Not that anyone wants to be reminded she has those. But still: Rove was never officially cited by Congress for being in contempt such that Nancy herself could give the word and have him dragged by his ankles to the stocks (the whole Congress – a small sub-committee held him in contempt briefly in 2008), and Nancy doesn’t have the power to have random people she doesn’t like arrested. And we know that first hand. Because we’re totally still here.