Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Horse's Mouth
From the House Sgt. At Arms, who began the whole plane-for-Pelosi thing (h/t Josh Marshall):
For Immediate Release

February 8, 2007

As the Sergeant at Arms, I have the responsibility to ensure the security of the members of the House of Representatives, to include the Speaker of the House. The Speaker requires additional precautions due to her responsibilities as the leader of the House and her Constitutional position as second in the line of succession to the presidency.

In a post 9/11 threat environment, it is reasonable and prudent to provide military aircraft to the Speaker for official travel between Washington and her district. The practice began with Speaker Hastert and I have recommended that it continue with Speaker Pelosi. The fact that Speaker Pelosi lives in California compelled me to request an aircraft that is capable of making non-stop flights for security purposes, unless such an aircraft is unavailable. This will ensure communications capabilities and also enhance security. I made the recommendation to use military aircraft based upon the need to provide necessary levels of security for ranking national leaders, such as the Speaker. I regret that an issue that is exclusively considered and decided in a security context has evolved into a political issue.
It really is astounding how media such as CNN or the NY Times can't take the time to Lexus/Nexus this crap and get the story right. Instead, the right-wing blogosphere yells about something and these lazy (or malovelent?) media outlets get out their steno pads. Geesh, even the White House has come out supporting Pelosi.

This is ridiculous.