Democratic nominee for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) (L) and Democratic House Majority Leader nominee Steny Hoyer (D-Md) (C) raise their arms while Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa) (R) applauds following the House Democratic Caucus Leadership elections on Capitol Hill November 16, 2006.
Washington Post: Democrats Reject Key 9/11 Panel Suggestion
It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement all of the recommendations of the bipartisan commission that examined the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
But with control of Congress now secured, Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation’s intelligence agencies. Instead, Democratic leaders may create a panel to look at the issue and produce recommendations, according to congressional aides and lawmakers.
Well, it didn’t take the Democrats long.
First, Pelosi had to weather the loss of Abscam tainted Jack Murtha as Majority Leader.
Then, Nancy had to withdraw (WIMPED OUT) impeached federal judge Alcee Hastings from consideration as a candidate for Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
And finally reneging on a campaign promise to FULLY implement 9/11 Commission recommendations – READ MY LIPS MOMENT?
Remember the Democrats have a very slim majority in the House of Representatives and when you consider Blue Dog Democrats swings the chamber towards the GOP. And a one person majority in the United States Senate will make Harry Reid Majority Leader but won’t buy you many more majority votes in the filibuster/cloture prone chamber.
So, what does this mean?
Look for cautious stalemate in Congress leading up to the full-out Presidential election in 2008.
A two year term for Speaker Pelosi?
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