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Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Under Pressure, Pelosi Makes The Right Move

Even a broken watch is right twice a day. I suppose we can give sooon-to-be Speaker Pelosi this as her first of the "day." From Reuters this afternoon:

Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida, impeached as a federal judge in 1989 on corruption charges, dropped his bid under pressure on Tuesday to chair a congressional panel designed to help protect America's security, a party aide said.

Hastings took the action after being told by Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to head the U.S. House of Representatives when the new Congress convenes in January, that she would not give him the coveted job, the aide said.

As House speaker, Pelosi decides who in her party serves on the committee that helps oversee federal efforts to protect the United States.

Last week, Hastings made a public plea for the post, arguing that despite being removed by Congress as a federal judge, he did nothing wrong and was cleared by a court of the corruption charges.

But Pelosi decided against picking Hastings for the chairmanship and told him at a private meeting. She has not yet decided who she will name instead, the aide said.

Hastings, a popular politician in Florida, was elected without opposition on November 7 to an eighth term in Congress.

Sorry, Rep. Hastings, but you are literally just too hot right now for Nancy Pelosi to make a choice to put you on of the most important committees in the House. The controversy surrounding his impeachment, the pressure that came in many parts (blogs, pundits on both sides of the aisle, and her own caucus, most likely) probably led to this decision.

I know that a good many readers will not be happy to read this, but Nancy Pelosi is owed some kudos for being smart enough to realize that Hastings was going to be the subject of a neverending firestorm. So, give her this much credit.

Hopefully she will realize that her caucus, and various Lefty bloggers, are not being mean to her. They are simply trying to hold the House for 2008, and her recent decisions regarding leadership positions had them all a flutter. Rightly so, as decisions like this, and John Murtha could have, in the long run, cost them the House. At this point, their House majority is safe. We will have to wait and see if she missteps again. However, I believe it was Robert Novak who stated in a recent column that if she makes another mistake, the Democrats need to remove her from the Speaker's chair.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

The media, believe it or not, caught pelosi is misquoting the President when he spoke of al Queda in Iraq behind the current unrest. She had better check her mouth before opening it. Rawriter

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