Seven years ago, then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi defended the Affordable Care Act with a line that left her open to ridicule from coast to coast.
Meaning that the law was simple and the complications were in the politics surrounding it, she uttered the now infamous line:
“We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.”
Now, as questions swirl about retired General Michael Flynn — President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser — and whether or not he compromised national security in conversation with Russian leaders, Pelosi seems to have taken a page out of her own playbook.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling for national security advisor Michael Flynn to be suspended and for his intelligence clearance to be revoked until U.S. officials fully review his contacts with Russia’s ambassador.
“The President and his National Security Advisor have given the Russians the impression that whatever they do, they are not to worry, because the Trump White House will not stand against their aggression,” Pelosi said in a statement on Saturday.
“General Flynn should be suspended and have his intelligence clearance revoked until the facts are known about his secret contacts with the Russians," she said.
Or, in short, we have to suspend Flynn so that we can find out whether or not he should be suspended.
Considering how much better off we'd probably be if more people had read the Affordable Care Act before we passed it, Pelosi may want to reach for a different strategy.