January 22, 2007

WHAT TOOK THE GOP 12 YEARS TOOK THEM 12 DAYS:

Emerging Grievances Within Party Likely to Test Pelosi (Jonathan Weisman, January 22, 2007, Washington Post)

Powerful committee chairmen have bridled at the California Democrat's decision to impose six-year term limits on them. Liberal Democrats say she is being too cautious in confronting President Bush on the war in Iraq. Rank-and-file Democrats say she erred in denying Republicans more say in the early legislation, making the speaker appear autocratic.

And many Democrats complain that Pelosi is relying too heavily on a coterie of liberal allies from her home state and Massachusetts to the exclusion of more conservative lawmakers from the Midwest and the South.

The friction will present a growing challenge as Democrats move from the poll-tested, popular items that breezed through the House this month to more difficult legislative ventures, such as efforts to stem global warming, overhaul the nation's immigration laws, shrink the budget deficit and resolve the war in Iraq. It could also hand Republicans a powerful political weapon as they seek to regain power in 2008 by challenging the crop of new Democrats hailing from Republican-leaning districts.


Time for a change on the Hill.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 22, 2007 1:33 PM
Comments
Powerful committee chairmen have bridled at the California Democrat's decision to impose six-year term limits on them.

How cute -- they think they have more than two years ahead of them.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 22, 2007 1:47 PM

Yeah, what's the hurry? They can add repeal that rule as part of their First Hundred Seconds agenda for the opening of Congress in '010.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 22, 2007 3:18 PM
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