Pelosi/Hastings: 'more joy in heaven'...
by skeptic06, Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 01:26:42 PM EST
The wires all have it, so it must be true. As, for instance, Reuters at 1721 ET:
Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, preparing her party to take control of the House from President George W. Bush's Republicans when the 110th U.S. Congress convenes on January 4, told Rep. Alcee Hastings, a Florida Democrat, of her decision during a closed-door meeting.
"I advised him that I would select someone else as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee," Pelosi said.
It would be right to acknowledge that Pelosi has decided against making a truly dire choice for HIC chair, and that that decision will save her, and her party, a world of hurt in the upcoming couple of years.
But equally right to question why she expressed her preference for Hastings as HIC chair in the first place.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has told colleagues she plans to replace Harman with Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (D-Fla.) when the 110th Congress convenes in January 2007, assuming all three members are reelected next year. Hastings, the committee's next-most-senior Democrat, is African American, and the Congressional Black Caucus strongly backs his claim on the post.
It's clear that making her preference known so early was no slip of the tongue by Pelosi's people, but a calculated political manoeuver.
Pelosi cannot claim much credit for declining at the last minute to follow through with a plan that was patently nonsensical from the get-go!
However, she now has the chance to deploy her political skills under pressure: she needs to settle on a safe-as-possible name, persuade and cajole her troops into going along, and draw a line under the whole thing well before the new Congress convenes.
Hoyer/Murtha has been defanged and buried; the same needs to be done with the HIC chair affair.