“I could have arrested Karl Rove on any given day,” Pelosi said to laughter, during a sit-down with reporters. “I’m not kidding. There’s a prison here in the Capitol … If we had spotted him in the Capitol, we could have arrested him.” … Asked on what grounds she could have arrested Rove, Pelosi replied, “Oh, any number. But there were some specific ones for his being in contempt of Congress. But we didn’t.” – Nancy Pelosi Slams Contempt Vote: “I Could Have Arrested Karl Rove … But We Didn’t”

THE SECOND STORY in a day reveals how badly Democrats play today’s political game. Nancy Pelosi could have arrested Karl Rove but didn’t; so why didn’t she?

From letting George W. Bush and Dick Cheney off the hook, instead of making them show up in hearings to explain themselves for Iraq, torture and Abu Ghraib, to the newly declassified NSA documents that reveal just how inept Pres. Bush was before 9/11, to allowing Karl Rove slither away unscathed for his role in outing Valerie Plame, Democrats shirked their responsibilities to reveal the prior Administration’s machinations for what they were.

On the other side, Republicans have no qualms about holding A.G. Eric Holder in contempt for reasons that have nothing to do with what he’s done, as they use the death of border agent Brian Terry who was killed, with evidence murky all ’round on the guns involved, but instead take advantage of an election year situation to squeeze Pres. Obama.

Lanny David and Michael Steele can talk all they want about the bipartisan air beneath their wings, but the reality is very different when it comes to how Republicans treat Democrats, especially in an election year.

Pelosi’s statement about Rove is worthless today, except to reveal why Republicans always push Democrats to the brink, which in the Obama era has led to our politics going step by step further right.

They know they’ll blink.