November 21, 2006


Pelosi team tries to steer Democrats to the center: Wary of plans by House liberals (Rick Klein, November 21, 2006, Boston Globe)

Anxious to chart a centrist course with Democrats' new majority in Congress, incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her top deputies are busily working in private and public to rein in the liberal ambitions of some senior party heavyweights --including proposals to reinstate the military draft and end the Pentagon's ban on gays in uniform.

Pelosi has urged House Democrats, including incoming committee chairmen, to use the first weeks of next year's congressional term to focus exclusively on proposals on which the party is unified and legislative goals that are within reach, according to Pelosi allies and aides.

Yesterday, Pelosi and the incoming House majority leader, Representative Steny Hoyer, quashed talk of reinstating the draft one day after Representative Charles Rangel said he will file a bill to make that happen. Rangel, a New York Democrat, is in line to become chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, one of the most powerful posts in Congress. [...]

Pelosi has also tempered hopes of reversing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on the service of gays and lesbians in the military, after two key Democrats -- Representatives Martin T. Meehan of Lowell and Barney Frank of Newton -- said last week that they want to repeal the policy.

Though Pelosi believes homosexuals should be able to openly serve, she has made clear that she believes Democrats have more urgent national-security priorities -- including changing course in Iraq and investigating war-related contracting.

Since there's more liberal media than conservative, the squealing of their ideologues will be even more cacophonous. Karl Rove should start poking at this and stirring up tension.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2006 7:49 AM

Show us the guns. If the Democrats start pushing gun rights, such as right-to-carry reciprocity in interstate commerce, it a whole new ball game.

Were they to lose the baby-killers as well it would be 50-0 for real.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 21, 2006 10:54 AM

...and investigating war-related contracting.

To date,this is probably the only agenda item they have concrete plans for.

Posted by: Tom Wall at November 21, 2006 6:16 PM

"War-related contracting"

Does that include Dianne Feinstein's husband?

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 21, 2006 10:34 PM