If you're a proponent of Park 51 (aka the mosque/community center near Ground Zero), you may have felt momentarily uplifted by the president's support for the project, then despaired when he semi-backtracked the next day. Perhaps you felt betrayed by Harry Reid's suggestion that the project should be located elsewhere. The refrain among many liberals, who support the mosque, according to statistics, is that most Democrats won't touch the issue with a 10-foot pole.
Enter Nancy Pelosi. She was asked about the project by local reporters in California. Not only did she say the mosque is a local issue, she thinks the funding of the mosque opposition needs to be investigated.
"There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some," she said. "And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition for a mosque being funded. How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we've been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community... and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City?
Given how vague her allegations are -- she doesn't identify any particular groups, or argue what exactly is shady about their funding -- I'm not sure how much traction this will have. But without exactly championing the mosque itself (she's also calling for transparency in the funding of the mosque), Pelosi has attempted to reframe the discussion, and take the heat off her party, at least for the moment.