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Pelosi Drops Hastings And Harman

Jonathan Weisman and Peter Slevin report in The Washington Post that House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi has decided against Rep. Alcee Hastings or Rep. Jane Harman to chair the House intelligence committee, passing up the two senior Democrats currently on the committee.

The decisions came despite lobbying by conservative Democrats on Harman's behalf and a full-throttled campaign by Hastings to overcome the stigma of the 1988 impeachment that drove him from his federal judgeship.

The fight over the top spot on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has exposed the kind of factional politics that bedeviled House Democrats before they were swept from control in 1994. Harman, a moderate, strong-on-defense "Blue Dog" Democrat, had angered liberals with her reluctance to challenge the Bush administration's use of intelligence. Hastings, an African American, was strongly backed by the Congressional Black Caucus but was ardently opposed by the Blue Dogs, who said his removal from the bench disqualifies him from such a sensitive post.

Complicating the matter was Pelosi's relationship with black Democrats. Earlier this year, she enraged the Black Caucus by removing one of its members, Rep. William J. Jefferson (La.), from the Ways and Means Committee after court documents revealed that federal investigators looking into allegations of bribery had found $90,000 in cash neatly bundled in his freezer.

Instead of picking Harman or Hastings, Pelosi will look for a compromise candidate, probably Rep. Silvestre Reyes (Tex.), but possibly Rep. Norman D. Dicks (Wash.), a hawkish member of the Appropriations defense subcommittee, or Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.), a conservative African American with experience on the intelligence committee. To entice Harman to run in 2000 for a House seat she had vacated for an unsuccessful bid for the California governorship, the Democratic leadership shunted Bishop off the committee -- another perceived slap at black lawmakers.

Say what you will about Pelosi (and I'm sure you will), but in this case she proved not to be completely tone-deaf.


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Comments (26)

Plus, she really hates Jane... (Below threshold)

Plus, she really hates Jane Harman. Cat fight!

Damn shame. But hey, at lea... (Below threshold)

Damn shame. But hey, at least the CBC supported him. I haven't enjoyed myself so much since Marion Barry was re-elected as Mayor of our nation's capitol after he got out of prison.
Their best and brightest!

One of the reasons I so lov... (Below threshold)

One of the reasons I so love being a democrat is we don't walk mindlessly in lockstep to the orders of the day as do you republicans. Democrats actually think for themselves. I love it.

There is actual debate and disagreement. We don't despise those of our party as conservatives do (RHINOs). We don't get up in the morning and wait breathlessly for today's coordinated talking points from "Puff" Limbaugh and Haniity et al. Our party is diverse and welcomes others and welcomes disagreement.

I love being a democrat.

And what ever Pelosi decide... (Below threshold)
A Good 'Democrat":

And what ever Pelosi decides is obviously right! Seig Pelosi! Seig Pelosi! Seig Pelosi!


Democrats also support the ... (Below threshold)
John S:

Democrats also support the legalization of marijuana, and Hugh, you're not sharing. With this move Pelosi might get to Jan. 2008 before she's tossed out by the Blue Dog-Republican bloc that hold the real majority in the House. And Hugh if you had been paying attention, the Republican House certainly didn't follow the president in lockstep. In fact, Bush will get out the the Pelosi House his signature domestic legislative goal: the complete surrender (full amnesty) of the U.S. to 25 million illegal aliens.

I LOVE being a Democrat! I ... (Below threshold)
Another Democrat:

I LOVE being a Democrat! I can make sweeping generalizations about another poilitical party and it won't make me a bigot! Because I'm a Democrat! Plus, I can feel smugly superior to anyone who disagrees with me! I also get to hate large groups of people solely because of their political beliefs and still insist that I'm openminded and tolerant! Because I'm a Democrat!

I wonder how it feels to go... (Below threshold)
USMC Pilot:

I wonder how it feels to go from "pulling the trigger" to "in the crosshairs" before hunting season even begins?

Ah yes, to be a classy demo... (Below threshold)

Ah yes, to be a classy democrat like James Webb...enjoy your two years Hugh.

Steve:Thanks. I sh... (Below threshold)


Thanks. I shall enjoy each and every delicious moment.

I think you're giving her t... (Below threshold)

I think you're giving her too much credit for not being "tone deaf." Perhaps as far as you can go is that she's not a complete idiot, which she would have to have been to go forward with Hastings.

The Globe story this morning includes the following bit -- which might suggest that Hastings hasn't done himself any favor in the past week:

"Hastings, who went on to win a seat in Congress in 1992, had been scrambling to secure the intelligence post in recent days. Last week he circulated an angry, rambling letter to his Democratic colleagues in which he accused the FBI of evidence-tampering and conservative commentators of making uninformed judgments.

"I hope that my fate is not determined by Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Michelle Malkin, Michael Barone, Drudge, anonymous bloggers, and other assorted misinformed fools," Hastings wrote."

Just the sort of fellow who should be entrusted with the nations most sensitive secrets.

Oh and Hugh, I think most of us would agree that the Democrats can have you.

Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.... (Below threshold)

Rep. Sanford Bishop (Ga.), a conservative African American

If a 34 lifetime ACU rating is considered conservative. I guess its all relative.

Hugh:<br... (Below threshold)


One of the reasons I so love being a democrat is we don't walk mindlessly in lockstep to the orders of the day as do you republicans. Democrats actually think for themselves. I love it.
There is actual debate and disagreement.

Yes, for example, how the Republicans just followed Bush on his selection of Harriet Miers ?

And disagreement within the Democrat party has consequences... just ask Joe Lieberman.

I love being a democrat! I... (Below threshold)
Typical Lefty:

I love being a democrat! I can project my nasty traits onto members of the opostition. I love being the most effective tool/weapon of the terroists! I can comit treason against my country and still be nominated for President! I can be a rapist, sexual preditor, and a habitual liar and still get elected President! I love being a democrat! I can fabricate whatever pseudo-facts I want to prove my point! No one in the media will call me on it! I can murder millions upon millions of babies simply because they're inconvenient! I love being a democrat! I can oppress the poor and needy and do everything possible to keep them down and they will think I actually care about them and they will vote for me and other likeminded regressive socialists!

I love being a democrat!

Typical Lefty:Ther... (Below threshold)

Typical Lefty:

There are so many many reasons I love being a democrat. One small one is not being like right wingnuts.

Ah yes, there have been at least 1 or 2 things the pubs haven't walked in lockstep about. You're learning, but oh so slowly.

Lieberman is used to demonstrate dems intolerance to disagreement? Tell me how many moderate republicans have been welcome in your party Oh, and with whom is Lieberman caucusing?.


Hey hugh, get used to pelos... (Below threshold)

Hey hugh, get used to pelosi failing. All democraps eventually fail. They are failures who get elected by their fellow failures.

I can see that the denizens... (Below threshold)

I can see that the denizens of the first grade playground have shown up to demonstrate their mental accuity. Nice post(s) moseby, Lefty, Another Democrat. You folks remind me of my two 6 and 7 yo grandchildren and how they talk.

"Hughie"--instead of "Russ ... (Below threshold)

"Hughie"--instead of "Russ & Sean" you get Al "stewart smalley" Franken, Jeanie Godalful,Al "hug a tree" Gore, Allen "eyebrow" Combs, Keathie "lardhair" Olbeman, Chris "crybaby" Matthews, Tim "hog jowls" Rusty, Lawrence "liar liar" O'Donnell, Wolfie "smallfoot" Blitzer, Chucky "donation" Schuman, Dickie "turban" Durbin, Harry "mafia" Reid, Jack "coldblooded" Murtha, "Coldcash" Jefferson, Alec "peachy" Hastings, Ted "hic" Kennedy, "KKK" Byrd and last but not least -ta da-Nancey "strechface" Peloser. I am glad I am NOT a Democrat.

Here's thinking for yoursel... (Below threshold)

Here's thinking for yourself, Democrap style:

You, as Speaker, won't appoint an emminently qualified person as chairman to the Intel Committee because she doesn't show you "complete" allegiance, and you decide it's best not to appoint the next senior person, because he's been impeached out of a federal judgeship for high crimes and misdemeanors, although you regarded the Congressional Black Caucus with trepidation, because they're black.

Then, you really don't know who'll you'll go with now. Maybe a Spic, or should it be a Wop, or maybe another Black? Oh, my. The choices you have to make!

Hugh:<br... (Below threshold)


I love being a democrat.


Ignorance is bliss.

Barry..Hastings...Jefferson... (Below threshold)

Barry..Hastings...Jefferson..Clinton.."Commit a felony?..Run as a Democrat".. The "Equal opportunity Party"..and PLEASE tell me they're not guilty!..LOL

Mitchell:I have no... (Below threshold)


I have no idea what that screed you posted means. But then I doubt you do either. Youi a relative of Mel Gibson and Michael Richards?

I love being a democrat.

And y'all are paying attent... (Below threshold)

And y'all are paying attention to Hugh because...? Just let it go, people. Focus on the topic at hand.

Every time the topic of Pelosi comes up, I can't help but think of that photo Frank J. from IMAO likes to put up of her. Creepy.

Typical lefty, et al.... (Below threshold)

Typical lefty, et al.
You guys sound like "uniters, not dividers" (LOL)

Just make shit up if it makes you feel better.

BTW, have you seen the "catfight" between Rove and Lott?
I haven't seen girls fight like that since W and Cheney conquered Viet Nam.

"Robert".... ... (Below threshold)


Just make shit up if it makes you feel better....

Advice from a Pro?

San Fran Nan--because nothi... (Below threshold)

San Fran Nan--because nothing, and I mean NOTHING, screams main street American values like San Francisco. We are looking forward to the weekly gay, bisexual and transgender fair at our local elementary school.

And Pelosi--one more face lift and she's gonna be wearing a beard....

nikkolai, she'll have a goa... (Below threshold)

nikkolai, she'll have a goattee and a very sensitive chin, eh? Hugh is a failure that is backed up by failing failures...heh heh






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