Committee chairmanships: the racial angle
by skeptic06, Mon May 15, 2006 at 07:52:04 PM EDT
Our friend Joe Klein has been looking forward (as are we all, natch) to a Dem-controlled 110th House, and, in particular, one or two committee chairmanships.
He starts with La Pelosi's unfortunate MtP performance the weekend before last: the part where she managed to be ineffectual yet shrill in defending her position on impeachment when challenged with John Conyer's contrary position.
Conyers, as Ranking Member of Judiciary, would naturally expect the chairmanship if the Dems took control. The tone that Pelosi took about him on MtP when Russert pointed out that Conyers was heir apparent suggested that he did not have her unalloyed admiration.
Klein suggests that past comments that Conyers and Charlie Rangel, Ranking Member at Ways and Means, have made might offer juicy fodder to the GOP oppo team(s).
(What contact Klein has had with GOP oppo guys is not made clear. I think we might hazard a guess.)
He also says - which was news to me - that Pelosi is planning to replace Jane Harman as Ranking Member on Intelligence with Alcee Hastings.
A Postpiece from last September says that the move is a slice of pie for the CBC, which was miffed when Bishop of GA was (they said) bumped by Pelosi when she put in Harman at the start of the 108th.
Hastings (who has yet to be tagged here) has something of a checkered past: as a Federal district judge in FL, he was impeached for corruption and perjury and found guilty.
The voters of FL-23 are, it seems, of a forgiving nature, and there he is on the HIC.
Seems to me that there really wouldn't be too much work needed for the GOP oppo on Hastings.
Now, the guys at Media Matters focus on Klein's false pretences in pretending to be liberal but operating as a Rove Ikette. (At the very least, he rates as an unwitting Ikette. I'm in a generous mood...)
But if I were a Dem honcho, I'd be grateful to him for the heads-up. Pelosi, one hopes, has got an able staffer or two considering options.
More research needed; but, prima facie, it looks like another question-mark over the honest government plank in the Dems 06 platform.
And possibly another question-mark over Pelosi's judgement and fitness to take command if the Dems win the House in November.