The main source of hilarity on Twitter this morning was Nancy Pelosi’s denial of any knowledge of Jonathan Gruber. Asked about Gruber at her weekly press briefing, Pelosi said: “I don’t know who he is. He didn’t help write our bill.”
And here is Pelosi in 2009: “I don’t know if you have seen Jonathan Gruber of MIT’s analysis…”
Confronted with the evidence, Pelosi’s spokesman told the Washington Post, “She said she doesn’t ‘know who he is,’ not that she’s ‘never heard of him.’” That is a fitting response, given that the larger context here is, in part, the lies that were told to secure the passage of Obamacare.
Laughter aside, the most notable aspect of today’s events is that reporters are asking Pelosi about Gruber. Imagine if we had a nonpartisan press that employed “investigative reporters”–an archaic term that may still be found in some dictionaries–and this had all come out during the election campaign.