Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Pelosi team tries to steer Democrats to the center

Boston Globe reported Anxious to

pretend to
chart a centrist course with Democrats' new majority in Congress, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top deputies are busily working in private and public to rein in the liberal ambitions of some senior party heavyweights --including proposals to reinstate the military draft and end the Pentagon's ban on gays in uniform. Pelosi has urged House Democrats, including incoming committee chairmen, to use the first weeks of next year's congressional term to focus exclusively on proposals on which the party is unified and legislative goals that are within reach, according to Pelosi allies and aides.
One week is about all it will take, and then the extreme left wing will begin crying for attention, and Pelosi will have to become a cat herder to keep them in line.
Yesterday, Pelosi and the incoming House majority leader, Representative Steny Hoyer, quashed talk of reinstating the draft one day after Representative Charles Rangel said he will file a bill to make that happen. Rangel, a New York Democrat, is in line to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, one of the most powerful posts in Congress.
Maybe Pelosi should quash that, to establish how powerful she is, and give the Black Caucus something to really howl about, and they might forget trying to get her to shoot herself in the foot by making an Impeached Judge Chairman of the Intelligence Committee.

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