Pressed to explain her sympathy for the push, Pelosi was vague.
"[T]he communication I have with Members is we all have to have a stipulation of fact, the same facts, on what has happened, and nd when that happens, we will make some judgments about how we go forward," Pelosi said. "But when I say 'sympathize' she has certain concerns -- I shouldn't say 'sympathize' -- I respect them. But the fact is that this is not the time for us to change the outside committee.
Fudge's own chief of staff was a target of the OCE, and she truly wants to put a muzzle on it. The fact of the matter, though, is that there's fairly wide sentiment within both parties that the OCE reaches too far, suffers from a leak problem, and otherwise abuses it's authority.
But Pelosi's in a bit of a bind on this one, on a couple of levels. The Fudge resolution may go to far, but she can't say she opposes it entirely. Likewise, for political reasons, she'd have a hard time admitting that the Democrats might hamstring the ethics board when it's only been up and running for a year. And in the meantime, Republicans are keeping quiet, enjoying the bind they think Democrats created for themselves.