If she was doing this out of a sense of principle, however misguided, I could understand it. If she was truly convinced that the surveillance measures were necessary to prevent more terrorists attacks, I would disagree, but I could understand. But Pelosi is saying one thing in public and privately telling people the opposite. That deserves no respect, especially in someone whose job is to represent her constituents, not to rule over them.
The obituary of Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to claw back the sweeping powers of the National Security Agency has largely been written as a victory for the White House and NSA chief Keith Alexander, who lobbied the Hill aggressively in the days and hours ahead of Wednesday's shockingly close vote. But Hill sources say most of the credit for the amendment's defeat goes to someone else: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
But ahead of the razor-thin 205-217 vote, which would have severely limited the NSA's ability to collect data on Americans' telephone records if passed, Pelosi privately and aggressively lobbied wayward Democrats to torpedo the amendment, a Democratic committee aid with knowledge of the deliberations tells The Cable.