Major media outlets and conservatives are pounding Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for not attending a House briefing today with Gen. David Petraeus, the senior U.S. commander in Iraq. (Never mind that Pelosi spoke personally to Petraeus about Iraq yesterday.)
What hasn’t been mentioned is that another major figure in the Iraq debate is also skipping out of a briefing with Petraeus today: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the most high-profile congressional supporter of President Bush’s escalation policy.
McCain is the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Traditionally, the Armed Services chairman and ranking member have held separate meetings with senior military officials like Petraeus. But McCain’s office has confirmed that the senator isn’t attending today’s Senate briefing with Petreaus, choosing instead to campaign in New Hampshire.
The Pelosi attacks today fit a recurring pattern. Like the contrived controversies over the Syria delegation and her military jet, journalists are again exploiting Pelosi to stir up a partisan-motivated “scandal” and ignoring conservatives who have done the very same thing.