Nancy Pelosi's world revolves around threats and retribution. It's how the Democratic House speaker keeps her caucus in line, and how, despite driving congressional approval ratings to unprecedented lows, she has managed to remain in charge of the lower chamber despite being overwhelmingly unpopular in many parts of the country.
But the uber-liberal speaker frequently loses sight of the fact that the rules she lives by don't apply outside Capitol Hill. All across this country, citizens are free to not only disagree with Ms. Pelosi on everything she says and does, but shout their disgust and seek out like-minded critics to amass opposition. They can't be persecuted by their government for exercising their First Amendment rights -- not lawfully, anyway.
Ms. Pelosi supports the controversial "Ground Zero Mosque" in Manhattan, a project that has torn open some of the city's barely healed wounds from 9/11. It's understandable that many tolerant Americans don't like the idea of intolerant radicals preaching hatred of Western values so close to where Muslim terrorists toppled the World Trade Center's twin towers, killing thousands of innocents and changing New York -- and the nation -- forever.
Ms. Pelosi, however, is wired to crack down on dissent. During a radio interview, she called for an inquiry into the increasing calls to halt the construction of the mosque.
"There is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some," Ms. Pelosi said, "and I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded? How is this being ginned up?"
Ms. Pelosi exists in such a big bubble, she apparently can't comprehend that some ideas stir genuine emotions powerful enough to command media attention and launch a movement -- without the direction of conspiring conservatives and political sugar daddies.
Anger over the proposed Ground Zero Mosque is as grass-roots as it gets. It's not "ginned up." It's the real deal.
Will Republicans attack Democrats who support it? Of course. Just as Ms. Pelosi has attacked opponents of her health care reforms.
There's only one thing for Ms. Pelosi to investigate here: the Bill of Rights.