Harman/Alcee Hastings brouhaha bubbling up

Updating my pieces yesterday and on Monday - it now seems that Harman is refusing to go quietly from her position as top Dem on the HIC.

(The fact that the Dems are looking daily more likely to control the 110th House naturally has nothing to do with it!)

The LA Times has her push-back.

The Pelosi camp's talk about this being a routine rotation of personnel is debunked: the rotation rule doesn't apply to the chairman or ranking member.

And we're reminded that the 9/11 Commission

was harshly critical of congressional oversight of U.S. spy agencies, and faulted term limits in particular for forcing lawmakers to leave after they had developed expertise in the arcane world of espionage.

No doubt, when Harman gets the plausible deniability sorted out, we'll be hearing some more about Alcee Hastings' interesting past...

Tags: Alcee Hastings, House Intelligence Committee, Jane Harman, Pelosi (all tags)

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Re: Harman/Alcee Hastings brouhaha bubbling up

They're crazy to even consider replacing her with Hastings.

by Reptile 2006-05-18 08:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Harman/Alcee Hastings brouhaha bubbling up

I agree, but I am a big fan of Stanford Bishop I think he would be a great leader.  I think that it could come down to who is in charge of the party after the election.  If the Democrats gain anywhere from 10 to 20 seats they look for all kind of deals being made for who the next speaker is.  And Harman could be one of those asked to deal.

by THE MODERATE 2006-05-18 08:46AM | 0 recs

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