November 22, 2006


Pelosi turns on one-time ally in Democrats' 'catfight in Congress' (Rupert Cornwell, 22 November 2006, Independent)

[A] new showdown is approaching in what Washington insiders have called "the catfight": her efforts to deny Jane Harman, her one-time friend turned rival, the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. [...]

The two differ in style; Ms Pelosi is outgoing and wheeler-dealing. Ms Harman is cerebral, and sometimes abrasive. The Los Angeles Times, moreover, suggested yesterday that the former had been piqued when - even after Ms Pelosi had been elected Democratic leader in the House in 2002 - Ms Harman still received more media exposure, by dint of her position on the Intelligence Committee as Iraq dominated the headlines. [...]

[M]s Pelosi's inept handling of the election for majority leader, the No. 2 post in the House hierarchy, has weakened her position. [...]

Unfortunately, and just like Mr Murtha, Mr Alcee [Hastings] has a less than spotless ethics record. A former judge, he was impeached by Congress for conspiring to take bribes and removed from the federal bench in 1989. His elevation to one of the most sensitive jobs on Capitol Hill would risk making a mockery of the incoming Speaker's vow to run the "most honest, most ethical" Congress in history.

On the other hand, he is an African-American, and to bypass him in favour of a third candidate would upset the powerful black caucus of Congressional Democrats. In the end, Ms Pelosi is likely to play by the rules she knows. "If people are ripping your face off," she said of pre-election Republican attacks on her, "you have to rip their face off".

There's only one fair way to settle this--in a big tub of Jell-o....

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 22, 2006 9:23 AM

2 60+ women in a tub of jello....My eyes, My eyes...

Posted by: AWW at November 22, 2006 9:34 AM


Posted by: Jim in Chicago at November 22, 2006 10:37 AM

"If people are ripping your face off"

Odd that she should use that phrase. Perhaps a little sensitive about the face-lift.

Posted by: h-man at November 22, 2006 10:53 AM

Throw in Lucille Bluth and you've got yourself a party.

Posted by: Bryan at November 22, 2006 10:59 AM