WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2022
...even on a day off: We lost a large chunk of time this morning. For that reason, it's almost like we're going to take the day off.
That said, your incomparable DAILY HOWLER just keeps banging out those results!
Yesterday, we asked the world's most obvious question. Our question concerns a minor but obvious part of last Friday's violent attack on Paul Pelosi.
We asked the world's most obvious question! Today, an attempt at an answer arrives at the end of the featured front-page report in the Washington Post's print editions.
The lengthy report includes 35 paragraphs. Here are the final five:
DAVIS ET AL (11/2/22): Officials with the San Francisco Police Department repeatedly declined to comment on security measures around Pelosi’s house in the city’s posh Pacific Heights neighborhood, including whether there was an alarm system at the residence that would have triggered an alert with the department.
San Francisco police officials also are facing growing questions nationally and locally, including from Pelosi’s neighbors, about why there wasn’t a more consistent presence outside the speaker’s home, given the intensity of the threats that she and other lawmakers have faced as well as previous incidents at the residence. Since Friday, neighbors said, at least three San Francisco police squad cars have been positioned outside the residence, along with unmarked black SUVs and plain-clothed security officers—often signals that the speaker is at home.
Pelosi’s house is also protected by a private security system, two people said. When tripped, that alarm is supposed to notify San Francisco police and, secondarily, the Capitol Police, one of them added.
On Friday, the Capitol Police never received an alert from the home security company, that person added. It was unclear if the system was armed at the time of the break-in.
Officials with the San Francisco Police Department repeatedly declined to comment on whether there was an alarm system at the house and if the department received an alert about the break-in besides the 911 call.
Five days later, the Washington Post has begun to address the world's most obvious question.
The question may not be hugely important, but it's been an obvious question for five days. Regarding the matters at issue here, our assumptions would be these:
Assuming the obvious, we would assume that the Pelosis' house does in fact have an alarm system.
Further, we would be inclined to assume that the alarm system hadn't been activated (hadn't been "armed") when Paul Pelosi retired last Thursday night.
Those would be our best guesses. That said, this has been the world's most obvious question for the past five days.
We're always impressed when our nation's journalists, as a group, fail to take note of such bone-simple matters. The question would occur to anyone—or at least, so it once may have seemed.
Tomorrow and Friday: How many goblins are there?