House Republicans may have just outmaneuvered the Democrats.

I know, I know, I know — this is not something that happens too often lately. Perhaps they are getting their land legs back after being out to sea for a while.

Forcing House Democrats to stand by their gal was a pretty smart move. By forcing a vote on investigating Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiDonald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Trump rips Democrats for allowing MS-13 'animals' into country The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE's (D-Calif.) wild-eyed claims that the CIA lied to her and Congress, Republicans made Democrats do something they really, really, really did not want to do — stick up for Pelosi after she lied and alleged the CIA lied to her and all of Congress.

But while Democrats may think they are "circling the wagons” — however reluctantly — they may very well be forming a circular firing squad. If they are forced to defend Pelosi now, how many more times? How many of her lies and false accusations do they have to support and defend to their constituents and home-district press?

And the big question — is she really even worth it?? Her bobbing and weaving has produced nothing but headaches for her colleagues. It's a safe assumption it won't end here, and House Democrats will be wearing the Pelosi albatross around their necks for quite some time.