The Democrats Fumble on the January 6 Committee

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, January 28, 2010 (Jim Young/Reuters)

Nancy Pelosi made a serious mistake yesterday by refusing to seat Jim Jordan (R., Ohio.) and Jim Banks (R., Ind.) on the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, prompting Kevin McCarthy to take his ball and go home. This deprives Democrats of the talking point they scored when Republicans refused to agree to a bipartisan commission — now, she’s the one refusing to cooperate. It also sets up a further downward partisan spiral over whether the minority party will be permitted to investigate topics that Pelosi doesn’t want investigated.

There are usually two ways to go with investigations. One …