And so we have before us the Pelosi waterboarding kerfuffle (which I am dubbing "Prevari-gate" because "Watergate" was already taken).
Who wins if Nancy Pelosi is weakened politically?
Barack Obama. Pelosi will give him whatever he wants, without so much as a whimper.
Note that CIA Director Leon Panetta has come down on the side of the Bush CIA on this one. He wouldn't do that without White House approval. They want Pelosi out of there.
So who wins if Pelosi resigns?
Barack Obama. Obama will have his pick for Speaker, which would probably be long-time Rahm Emanuel ally House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.
House Republicans, agitating against Pelosi because they don't like her very much, are going to give Obama just the Speaker he wants.
In the long run, it will all work out, because Obama-Hoyer-Reid triumvirate will ultimately bring about electoral defeat. But not before they screw the country up in some very bad ways.
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