Pelosi Needs To Go; Less Polarizing Steny Hoyer Should Be Speaker

Pelosi is expendable. The job of a Democratic Speaker is to pass the program of the Democratic president. Her ability and track record is measured on a scale of effectiveness. If she is ineffective, she’s not up to the job.

There is no way that Nancy Pelosi can be effective while she is engaged in a war of words with the Democratic head of the CIA.

House members have a shark’s instinct for blood in the water and know full well that satisfying Pelosi is likely to be an unrewarding occupation.

With House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) waiting in the wings, few congressmen would be willing to treat the IOUs from Pelosi they get for casting difficult votes as worth much more than Confederate currency.

Remember that Pelosi won by only 118-95 in her election as Speaker. Her support was not overwhelming to begin with. She is a movement liberal. Her political antecedents come from the McGovern wing of the party. She is a leftist/reformer. An insurgent.

But Hoyer is a regular Democrat. Representing a district in the D.C. suburbs of Maryland, he is almost a civil servant himself. He is no radical.

While he can be counted on to pass Obama’s programs like a good Democrat, he is not the kind of guy who will get out in front of the president to upstage or pressure him.

He will fit right in, unobtrusively backing the president. (Full disclosure: He’s a former client. Very former.)

Above all, Obama cannot allow the distraction and disruption of a feud between Speaker and CIA head to sow the image of an administration at war with itself.

The Speaker is the hired help. She exists to serve her president. And, right now, he needs this fight like he needs a hole in the head.

Pelosi is expendable. The job of a Democratic Speaker is to pass the program of the Democratic president. Her ability and track record is measured on a scale of effectiveness. If she is ineffective, she’s not up to the job.

There is no way that Nancy Pelosi can be effective while she is engaged in a war of words with the Democratic head of the CIA.

House members have a shark’s instinct for blood in the water and know full well that satisfying Pelosi is likely to be an unrewarding occupation.

With House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) waiting in the wings, few congressmen would be willing to treat the IOUs from Pelosi they get for casting difficult votes as worth much more than Confederate currency.

Remember that Pelosi won by only 118-95 in her election as Speaker. Her support was not overwhelming to begin with. She is a movement liberal. Her political antecedents come from the McGovern wing of the party. She is a leftist/reformer. An insurgent.

But Hoyer is a regular Democrat. Representing a district in the D.C. suburbs of Maryland, he is almost a civil servant himself. He is no radical.

While he can be counted on to pass Obama’s programs like a good Democrat, he is not the kind of guy who will get out in front of the president to upstage or pressure him.

He will fit right in, unobtrusively backing the president. (Full disclosure: He’s a former client. Very former.)

Above all, Obama cannot allow the distraction and disruption of a feud between Speaker and CIA head to sow the image of an administration at war with itself.

The Speaker is the hired help. She exists to serve her president. And, right now, he needs this fight like he needs a hole in the head.

By Dick Morris

Read it all:
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articl
es/2009/05/20/why_pelosi_must_go_96585.html

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), seems to be dragging her party down by getting into a needless fight with the CIA over torture briefings. Photo from Getty Images

Leon Panetta 
Above: Leon Panetta.  Photo by AP

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2 Responses to “Pelosi Needs To Go; Less Polarizing Steny Hoyer Should Be Speaker”

  1. llabesab Says:

    NANCY PELOSI
    IS JUST LIKE BELA LUGOSI
    “BATTY.”

  2. Denny Adams Says:

    I agree regarding Pelosi. You might want to check out “Pelosi Threatens To Switch Parties” as dennyadams.wordpress.com, might even bring a smile to your face in these troubling times.

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