During a press conference, Pelosi sort of apologized for using figures in discussing the partisan breakdown of the vote last week to raise the debt limit. And that’s apparently because she feared such things might only confuse the poor number-illiterate scribes. “I know maybe you don’t like numbers because you’re into words and stuff,” she told reporters during her weekly briefing.
Which puts her on exactly the same page as Arizona Republican Rep. Dave Schweikert, who professed amazement earlier this month that reporters possessed such a meager grasp of numbers that they would fall for the White House’s argument in favor of increasing the debt limit.
“I’m stunned you all fall for it in the press,” he told reporters, according to Slate’s Dave Weigel. “None of you were math majors, were you?”