Wineke: Is Nancy Pelosi the Jan. 6 villain?

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J. Scott Applewhite

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, July 22, 2021. Pelosi discussed her reasons for rejecting two Republicans chosen by House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy to be on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

MADISON, Wis. — The House of Representatives has begun its hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection at the nation’s Capitol and Republicans in Congress have found their villain: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Before the hearings began, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who truly hopes to replace Pelosi should Republicans win the 2022 elections, denounced the hearings because he said they weren’t looking into Pelosi’s role in the insurrection.

McCarthy, backed up by the leaders of his party, argued that Pelosi is responsible for Capitol security and she fell down on the job.

Just for the record, that’s nonsense. Pelosi has some nominal responsibility for Capitol police, a responsibility shared with the majority leader of the Senate who, on January 6, was Sen. Mitch McConnell. But neither of them is responsible for the insurrection.

But that’s McCarthy’s excuse for whitewashing the riot and the potential responsibility of former President Donald Trump and some Republican leaders who egged on the insurrectionists.

The first day of the hearing featured four police officers who were brutalized by the rioters. It was absolutely shocking testimony, even in the light of how much we had already learned.

McCarthy said he was too busy to watch the proceedings.

These four officers were beaten and gassed while protecting members of Congress from danger. Among those in danger were Kevin McCarthy and Mitch McConnell, neither of whom cared enough to even tune in the testimony on television.

I don’t know how the 2022 elections will turn out. History would suggests the Republicans will regain control of the Congress. What I do know is that neither McCarthy nor McConnell has shown the minimum moral standing to be elevated to new power.

In fact, I don’t really understand why they want power. If you can’t use the power you do have to treat respectfully a police officer who came close to dying just to save your life, then what do you plan to use it for?

Law and order, perhaps? If so, they have flunked the test of showing it.