Pelosi said there were three schools of thought among Democrats, with some saying "just send one person," others saying "don't have anything to do with it," and a third group saying "let's see what they come back with in terms of the terms of engagement."
Pelosi placed herself in that third camp, indicating that she is talking with House Speaker John Boehner about the extent to which Democrats would have influence over the panel. "Now the question is are under the terms under which Democrats could participate," she said. "We don't know yet what the Speaker is going to say, so let's find out."
Pelosi also took aim at #Benghazi panel chairman Trey Gowdy's characterization of the panel as a "trial," saying that revealed that the GOP has already prejudged the outcome of the panel. Instead of wasting more time on the GOP's #Benghazi obsession, Pelosi said, the House should allow votes on things like ENDA, immigration reform, equal pay, and unemployment insurance.
Not that it will happen, but here's one deal I'd unreservedly support: Democrats agree to sit on the GOP's #Benghazi panel in exchange for the GOP allowing votes on those issues. Heck, they could even let Republicans take their seats for all I care. Of course, we all know, that will never happen, because if there's one thing Republicans know, it's that the reason they need to get to the bottom of #Benghazi is because they don't want to talk about anything else.