Kristol Speaks, Pelosi Listens
8:06 PM, Oct 17, 2007 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
In the debate over the House resolution condemning Turkey for the Armenian genocide of 1915, there's been little discussion of precedent. But there is one. In 2000, House speaker Dennis Hastert was confronted with much the same dilemma. As the boss explained on Fox's Special Report earlier this week:
Of course, Pelosi wasn't quite so deft in her handling of the situation as Hastert. Last week she went out on a limb, confidently declaring that the measure "has come out of committee and it will go to the floor." But, with support for the measure collapsing even among her closest allies, Pelosi has backtracked today:
There are a lot of rumors as to why the House Dems backed away from the resolution. Some speculation has focused on possible behind the scenes maneuvering by Hillary. Others have pointed to a a weekend call from President Bush to Pelosi (she denies that took place), but we think the most likely explanation is that Pelosi, spending an afternoon taking counsel from the Fox News All-Stars, decided to heed the wisdom of precedent and follow a more prudent course of action.