I don’t wish to jump on someone else’s wagon here, as Mr. Mathis has written a 13-page paper on the alleged attack on Paul Pelosi. He covers everything quite well, and I am only here to report on what the media is saying in addition to his remarks concerning the Capitol Police.
This article in the LA Times answers some questions not asked, at least by news media.
- One, is the family of Nancy Pelosi covered by Capitol Police? The LA Times article is vague on this matter, saying that since the speaker was not at home, but rather in DC, that the Pelosi home was not covered.
This sounds like nonsense. Suppose there really were terrorists like David DePape intent on harming Pelosi. He could as easily kidnap her husband and demand concessions. Imagine, for just a second, that Obama is president but while he is traveling, White House security for his wife, children and dog is suspended. It just does not work that way. The Speaker of the House, second in line for the presidency after the Vice President, gets full protection, she and her family, no matter where she is located.
- Security cameras around the Pelosi residence were on, but were not being monitored. They are usually not when she is in DC.
This too is nonsense. Why have security cameras at all? We will find on that every inch of that property is monitored, constantly. If you watch TV detective shows at all, you know that people are paid to watch everything at all times, otherwise there is no point in having the cameras turned on. These people know about security, and are good at it.
- DePape got in by smashing a patio window.
This would have set off alarms within the house, and with the guards on the property. Probably the SF police too. Neighbors have reported that there were always guards present on the Pelosi property, and that no one could get close to the front door without being screened, authorized and invited. Do you think they simply forgot about the back entrance? (Oops!)
- MM reported on this, but I will reiterate: A blow to the head with a hammer is lethal, even fatal for a senior citizen.
I mention this because I heard on the news today that Paul Pelosi is back home. It’s been seven days. I would imagine that part of his skull was fractured or broken, and that he would be heavily sedated or dosed up on pain pills to manage the pain that goes with a head wound. I can see that hospitals want to free up bed space as soon as possible after an accident, but for an 82-year-old man with a severe blunt force head wound, it would be like Vito Corleone returning home just a few days after being shot.
Far more likely he is said to be home today because the election is tomorrow, so the story has now officially ended. Newt Gingrich predicted massive losses for Democrats nationwide, but I have to say, other than seeing our rotten Colorado governor, Jared Polis, turned out (and that for mere personal satisfaction), I am yet to see elections having much effect on public policy.
Strike that – Montana did eliminate the mask mandate after Democrats were turned out en masse in 2020, and the legislature passed a law prohibiting vaccination as a condition of employment. (I do not know what became of that law, as there were immediate court challenges that I did not follow.)
I do not know as much as I like to think I do. That really happened in Montana, and a change from D to R preceded it.
PS: I made an unintentional funny with my wife. She asked why they would stage an incident like this, and I said that it was likely due to the elections, that Democrats are in trouble, and nationwide are going to get “hammered.”