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(UPDATED) The New House
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Some of the new players:
Henry Waxman (D-Calif.): Described as "a pit-bull with a fantastic staff," Rep. Waxman is in place to take over as chairman of the powerful House Government Reform Committee. Insiders look for this to become the powerhouse investigating committee "where the action is at." Expect Rep. Waxman to start by issuing subpoenas for top Halliburton and KBR executives. Others issues will include Iraq war contracting and Katrina and Gulf Coast re-building.

The last time executives from tobacco companies were called to testify was when Congressman Waxman was Chairman of the Health and Environment Subcommittee of Government Reform in 1994.
Investigations.
Jane Harman (D-Calif.): As a possibility for Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Harman is eager to pursue the ties between convicted Congressman Duke Cunningham and defense contractors. But she is far from assured of taking over as chair of the committee due to long-standing opposition by the Congressional Black Caucus and Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) who wants the job himself. Insiders say the job most likely goes to Sylvester Reyes (D-Texas).

Regardless of who is chairman, one of the first issues most likely will be the Cunningham scandal. Also on the agenda is pre-war intelligence: Who forged the Niger documents?
Investigations.
George Miller (D-Calif.): Rep. Miller is slated to take over the Education and the Workforce Committee. Expect a full rehearing of allegations involving convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, the Northern Marianas Islands and Tom Delay.
Investigations.
John Conyers (D-Mich.): Rep. Conyers is in line to take over the Judiciary Committee. While one top hill staffer says, "His appetite for true investigation is untested," his new book takes on President Bush for violating the law on Iraq and secret prisons. Internet blogs are hyperventilating about possible impeachment hearings.
Investigations.
John Dingell (D-Mich.): In line for the Chairman of the House Commerce Committee, Rep. Dingell's office says he plans to hold oversight hearings on Medicare and energy policies. His first goal would be to push through a bill aimed at lower prescription drug prices for Medicare.
Investigations.

Sounds like a fun two years, eh?

UPDATE: TRex gives the far left take on this:
Suck it, Reich Wingers!! Cos now that means we'll have some real honest-to-god oversight in Washington. Subpoena powers! Go, John Conyers!! Give em hell!!
Look, for those who don't think this is a possibility and that we really will see the tone change, two more excerpts from posts from the same blog.

Exhibit A:
From Howard Dean's briefing at the National Press Club this morning:

Question: What role did the liberal blogosphere play?
Howard Dean:

That’s a growing influence on politics in general. There is also a conservative blogosphere, not only the liberal blogosphere, of course.

The netroots community can be very proud. They’re playing a bigger role.

Without the blogs, Jerry McInerny and Carole Shay (NH-1), would not have won. Entirely grassroots effort, without support form the Party, including us.

A big deal.

Here’s an even bigger deal. As you know, robocalls, flyers, low-ball election techniques. We knew about that instantly because of the blogs. We are not sure (Repubs) did it more than in the past, but we knew about it faster. Updates every 10 minutes from people who called 1-888-DEM-VOTE. (or whatever). We were able to get lawyers to polling places immediately.

The instantaneousness of the blogs, of people who read the blogs, who get that information to us, is a huge improvement over 2004.
Huge thank you to Prof for transcribing this for all of us. And an even bigger thanks to Howard Dean, whose 50 State Strategy brought us a whole lot of great surprises. Here's to the politicians remembering that they work for us.
The point? "A big deal". The "netroots community" expects two things - A) that the Democrats remember that and B) that the Democrats give them what they want.

Proof of that can be found here in exhibit B:
I ask you, considering the margins that we are looking at this morning in a whole lot of the races that the Democrats won yesterday, in both the House and the Senate, what was Rahm Emmanuel thinking saying this:
In private talks before the election, Emanuel and other top Democrats told their members they cannot allow the party's liberal wing to dominate the agenda next year. Democrats will hold 30 or 35 seats that went for Bush in the past, meaning that Democratic candidates such as Brad Ellsworth in rural Indiana are likely to face competitive races again in 2008. Still, their interests are likely to collide with those of veteran liberals such as Reps. Henry A. Waxman (Calif.) and John Conyers Jr., (Mich.), who will chair committees.

With that in mind, there is a chance the 110th Congress could begin on a bipartisan note. Democrats have vowed to move quickly to tighten ethics laws and require offsets for new spending — two plans many Republicans will probably support in light of yesterday's results. Democrats also plan to push next year to raise the minimum wage, increase spending for cargo inspection at ports and reduce rates on student loans, all issues likely to draw some GOP support.

Partisan standoffs are likely over the war and any Democratic efforts to repeal Bush's tax cuts for upper-income America. In both cases, Democratic divisions could complicate Pelosi's plans. Democrats largely avoided detailed positions on a new Iraq strategy, but votes over spending for the military and the Iraq operation will force them to take a position.
[...]

So Rahm, here's a message from your constituents who just worked their asses off to give their party a victory: don't be a back-stabbing ass. Nancy Pelosi deserves more loyalty and less personal power grabbing from you and your selfish posse. Bi-partisanship is fantastic when it is working properly, with everyone involved acting in good faith. I don't know about you guys, but I think the Republican party needs to prove that it has some good faith before we start caving in to their demands. And I am fairly certain that even Rahm understands that. Which makes me wonder — what's really the motivation behind his backdoor machinations and quote planting in the WaPo this morning.
IOW, at least a portion of the Netroots community doesn't at all plan on sunshine and unicorns at all, but instead are still angry and still want a measure of revenge. Remember, to these people the Republicans are the enemy, not in metaphorical terms, but in real terms.
 
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Will Harry Reids shady land deals be on the agenda?
 
Written By: shark
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Expect Rep. Waxman to start by issuing subpoenas for top Halliburton and KBR executives.
Damnit, coming up on when I can join my employee stock purchasing plan, it looks like it’s going to be taking a further dive.

Oh well, let them have their investigations, hopefully they’ll be too busy with those to actually do any harm in the congress *cough*minimumwage*cough*
 
Written By: ChrisB
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PS- I heard a lot from the Dems about the dangers of "1 party rule"....so I assume that the Dems will deign to run a candidate for Pres.

Looking on the bright side here, we have 6 years worth of things to throw in their faces once they show their true colors...
 
Written By: shark
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Well, I’m sure these will be bi-partisan investigations.
Both parties will participate in a meaningful way.
Democrats will invetigate and Republican will be found guilty.


 
Written By: looker
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Well Shark, they’re not sure...the DNC is planning on holding a coin toss, best 2 of 3...they will either NOT run Hillary in ’08 or they will ced Congress in ’08.
 
Written By: Joe
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Seeing every whackjob conspiracy theory play itself out in day sessions of congress may lock-in the republicans for the next 3 decades. I may ended up actually taping these.

from nutroots on blogs to nutroots in congress. Seems like the natural progression to me. ;)

Will the truthers be represented? Off course they will.
 
Written By: capt joe
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You guys underestimate the way that a politician like Pelosi understands power and the need for pragmatism. I think you’ve bought the GOP rhetoric of what the new house and Speaker to be Pelosi will be like; I suspect you’ll be surprised. (I’ve got more about how the Democrats can turn this into a sustained majority on my blog if anyone is interested).
 
Written By: Scott Erb
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Scott, yes, but will the FDL, Kossacks and others give her a chance to do the right thing. From what I have read, if theses things are not in the 100 hour agenda then they will start the Liebermanization of Pelosi and crew. The leftward netroots feel they have a mandate (or so Christy Hardin Smith said last night on TV).

 
Written By: capt joe
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So much for the benefits of a "balance"...

 
Written By: Bithead
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Congressional oversight?

What? Did someone get a blowjob or something?

Don’t worry, Dubya will be fine.

Dick on the other hand might consider staying in South Dakota.
 
Written By: Davebo
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Some members of the Netroots are just perpetually in search of someone to be angry at. Some of them were cussing out Harry Reid because Ned Lamont lost. Because, you know, if out of state Democratic leaders had been more enthusiastic, independents and Republicans in Connecticut would have voted for Lamont.
 
Written By: Geek, Esq.
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So Scott Erb, that whole "100 hours" of Democratic rule thing, thta was just window-dressing? I mean Pelosi et. al. just SAID that, and Conyers and Rangell are just going to suddenly become "moderates?"

Good work, for my party if it happens, disgruntle your base, but that’s OK...
 
Written By: Joe
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Remember, to these people the Republicans are the enemy, not in metaphorical terms, but in real terms
And if they want a fight, they’re gonna get one. And they’ll lose that fight just like Lamont (remember him?) did.

Bring it moonbats!
 
Written By: shark
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Any Republican that has a memory longer than 6 years should be shocked with a cattle prod if they even think of complaining about partisan investigations.

That said, I hope they need a bulk mail account to send out the subpeona’s. There are 6 years worth of genuine concerns raised that were ignored by Republicans.

I suggest anyone that thinks that investigations are not appropriate during wartime review the history of WW2 war profiteers and how may were sent to prison as a result of Congressional investigations.

I consider war profiteering to be stealing from our soldiers, and during a time of war, THAT, not commenting about the competence of the civilian leadership, is tantamount to treason.

I also suggest that you also remember Dan Burton and his backyard pumpkin murder.

Just as the Democrats won’t outspend the Republicans, they won’t even come close the level of partisan witch hunting the Republicans stooped to.

By the way, the Democrats apparently haven’t put up a Presidential candidate in 10 years, why would anyone expect they would start in ’08.

Cap

 
Written By: CaptinSarcastic
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Oh well, let them have their investigations, hopefully they’ll be too busy with those to actually do any harm in the congress *cough*minimumwage*cough*
I hope they raise it to $1,000/hr, so we can all be rich.
 
Written By: Don
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I’ve got more about how the Democrats can turn this into a sustained majority on my blog if anyone is interested
Well, they could drop all the ideas that make them Democrats. That might work.
 
Written By: Don
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Prepare to debate the gender of angels while the walls of Constantinople crumble around you. There will be celebrations in Gaza tonight.
 
Written By: Jimmy the Dhimmi
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Just as the Democrats won’t outspend the Republicans, they won’t even come close the level of partisan witch hunting the Republicans stooped to.
Gee, I don’t know. They were doing a pretty good go of it in the last 5 years.
By the way, the Democrats apparently haven’t put up a Presidential candidate in 10 years, why would anyone expect they would start in ’08.
You are certainly right there.

I have my popcorn ready for the endless stream of "show trials for the enemies of the people" that I can see coming. It will be immensely humorous.
 
Written By: capt joe
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