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Alcee, we hardly knew ye
Posted by: Dale Franks on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Presumptive House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has nixed Alcee Hastings as chair of the Intelligence Committee. But, she's also telling Jane Harman to get stuffed, too.
House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has decided against naming either Rep. Jane Harman (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee, or Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (Fla.), the panel's No. 2 Democrat, to chair the pivotal committee next year.
That's two land mines in two weeks that Ms. Pelosi has avoided, although not through her own efforts.

I am heartened, however, by seeing cooler heads prevail among the Democrats. Perhaps its a harbinger of the future.
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Think she’s totally avoided the danger of the minefield?
What about the Blue Dog’s desire for Harman to fill that slot?
How far can she push them without ending up with a revolt on her hands?
I’m gonna savor every moment of this play!
Written By: Greybeard
It’s such fun watching her self destruct!

I love the smell of napalm in the morning!!!!

Written By: TC
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Not with guys like Kennedy, Schumer, Waxman and Rangel in charge of the mechanisms.

True colors will always show
Written By: shark
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Harman was actually due to be cycled out of the top spot in the Intelligence Committee anyway. Her defenders said that Pelosi should make an exception and keep her as Chair. Pelosi said, "No way." Hastings was a joke from the beginning. Now Pelosi will pick either Rush Holt, Dicks (forgot his first name) or Silvestre Reyes. My guess is it’s Reyes. He was a Border Patrolman and he would be a top pick spot for a Latino Congressman.

Frankly, I think most of this posturing is just that...posturing. Pelosi didn’t get Murtha. But she did knock off Harman. I don’t see the Blue Dogs making much of a stink as long as people like Skelton play top roles in the 110th Congress. The Blue Dogs are more interested in fiscal restraint and balancing the budget than they are in running the Intelligence Committee.
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