Friday, November 10, 2006

Now the TIMES realizes Alcee Hastings is not a good idea.

Politics: This is a serious test of how stupid the Congressional Black Caucus can be by demanding they put Hastings as head of the Intelligence Committee. Even the NY Times realizes this would shoot the legs off of the Dem's cleaning up the corruption in Washington bit.

No one expects her to drop the rules that give the majority leadership powerful control over the House agenda. But Republicans have to be given a role in the legislative process, and the Democratic rank and file must be shown that agreeing with the Republicans on particular issues is not a capital sin. She can send a good signal, for instance, by appointing Representative Jane Harman of California as head of the Intelligence Committee. Ms. Harman has been the ranking Democrat, and she has, in general, done her job well. But some of her fellow members regard her as insufficiently aggressive when it comes to criticizing the Bush administration. Ms. Pelosi, who does not get along well with Ms. Harman, is said to be considering Representative Alcee Hastings of Florida, a former federal judge who was impeached on bribery charges and removed from the bench. If she wanted to put her wrong foot forward, that would be a good way to do it.

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