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Pelosi panel pick makes waves
McClatchy News via SacBee ^ | 11/29/6 | Margaret Talev and Lesley Clark

Posted on 11/29/2006 8:13:34 AM PST by SmithL

House speaker-elect's choice for Intelligence Committee head is latest test of her authority.

WASHINGTON -- In a revealing test of her leadership, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday rejected a once-impeached congressman to head the House Intelligence Committee, a move that could blunt early criticism that she's paying only lip service to ethics reform.

At the same time, Pelosi's decision not to promote Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., an African American, could ruffle her relations with black lawmakers.

Hastings was acquitted of federal bribery charges as a federal judge in the 1980s but impeached by the Senate and removed from the bench. However, that does not mean that Pelosi will promote the panel's senior Democrat, Rep. Jane Harman of Venice, with whom she has frosty relations.

Instead, Democratic aides said the top contenders are Reps. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, Sanford Bishop Jr. of Georgia and Norm Dicks of Washington state. Reyes has the edge, Pelosi allies indicated. He was a 26-year agent and supervisor with the U.S. Border Patrol before his 1996 election to Congress, and is a senior member of the intelligence panel.

Harman, who's been the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee for four years, could not be reached for comment.

Pelosi declined comment other than to say that Hastings "has served our country well, and I have full confidence that he will continue to do so."

Hastings promised to work with whomever Pelosi chooses, but said he was disappointed and added cryptically: "Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet."

Pelosi's decision -- expected within days -- on who will run the secretive and high-stakes panel when Democrats take power in January is seen as an important test of her leadership because it signals how she intends to enforce discipline among fractious House Democrats.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cultureofcorruption; cultureofcutandrun; demcivilwar; pelosi; sanfranciscovalues

1 posted on 11/29/2006 8:13:36 AM PST by SmithL
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...and Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbed.


2 posted on 11/29/2006 8:14:02 AM PST by SmithL (Where are we going? . . . . And why are we in this handbasket????)
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To: SmithL
I am waiting for the race card to be played...Jesse? Where's Jesse?


3 posted on 11/29/2006 8:15:47 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SmithL

Isn't it long overdue for the various Black Caucus members and other "influential" blacks to start having some ethics and morals and quit supporting the worst of their own????

In the eyes of the average American who is not black, they only look more foolish and not trustworthy to be in any position of power. IMO.


4 posted on 11/29/2006 8:15:50 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: SmithL

Pelosi hasn't won the speakership yet. If she pisses off enough of her party and they join with the Republicans in making a sane choice come the vote in January, the nation will be spared her inept reign.


5 posted on 11/29/2006 8:17:57 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: SmithL

"Hastings promised to work with whomever Pelosi chooses, but said he was disappointed and added cryptically: "Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet."

Your right Alcee. He is denying you this position of power to get you to see the error of your ways.


6 posted on 11/29/2006 8:18:24 AM PST by DarthVader (Conservatives aren't always right , but Liberals are almost always wrong.)
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To: SmithL

Nancy Pelosi is deeply disturbing.


7 posted on 11/29/2006 8:20:19 AM PST by Ingtar (Prensa dos para el ingles)
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To: SmithL
I think one of the toons from Pookie's collection today covers the situation:

8 posted on 11/29/2006 8:21:17 AM PST by RebelBanker (It is, however somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.)
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To: SmithL

Just a manufactured story to make things look rosier than they are or will be soon....


9 posted on 11/29/2006 8:21:58 AM PST by ElectricStrawberry (27th Infantry Regiment...cut in half during the Clinton years....Nec Aspera Terrent!!!)
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To: SmithL
"Hastings promised to work with whomever Pelosi chooses, but said he was disappointed and added cryptically: "Sorry, haters, God is not finished with me yet."

True enough. There's still the little matter of that lightning bolt yet to be decided...

10 posted on 11/29/2006 8:23:22 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("On 11/07/06, 'true' conservatives and 'rat traitors joined forces to bring Sharia law to America.")
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To: NonValueAdded

Demorat and "sane" don't yet belong in the same sentence.


11 posted on 11/29/2006 8:24:00 AM PST by bill1952 ("All that we do is done with an eye towards something else.")
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To: darkwing104

....and Al Sharpton....don't forget Al and Jesse are joined at the hip nowdays....


12 posted on 11/29/2006 8:25:38 AM PST by HarleyLady27 (My ? to libs: "Do they ever shut up on your planet?" "Grow your own DOPE: Plant a LIB!")
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To: NonValueAdded

"Pelosi hasn't won the speakership yet. If she pisses off enough of her party and they join with the Republicans in making a sane choice come the vote in January, the nation will be spared her inept reign."

Don't be suprised if Hoyer wins.


13 posted on 11/29/2006 8:30:18 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (I thank the RNC for freeing me to vote my values rather then political party. It is liberating!)
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To: SmithL

herding cats


14 posted on 11/29/2006 8:30:22 AM PST by taxcontrol
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To: SmithL

Well, if she's determined to put a corrupt, Black dem on the Intel committee, there's always William Jefferson.

Mark


15 posted on 11/29/2006 8:32:54 AM PST by MarkL (When Kaylee says "No power in the `verse can stop me," it's cute. When River says it, it's scary!)
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To: SmithL

Not to worry; who better to head the "Intelligence Committee" than such mental giants as Maxine Waters, or Sheila "Acorn-head" Jackson Lee?


16 posted on 11/29/2006 8:35:28 AM PST by traditional1
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To: SmithL

Reyes. It'll be Reyes.


17 posted on 11/29/2006 8:56:05 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: NonValueAdded

We need Nancy as Speaker for 08.


18 posted on 11/29/2006 8:56:40 AM PST by zek157
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To: George W. Bush

Pelosi will appoint whoever Hillary says to appoint. These Dems are all pawns of the Clintons...


19 posted on 11/29/2006 8:58:50 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: SmithL

And just who is Puce Pelosi? See below:

Pelosi's Socialist Ties
Newsmax,com ^ | November 13, 2002 | Carl Limbacher


Something the leftist media establishment doesn't want you to know: San Francisco Democrat Nancy Pelosi's ties to socialism.

Writing in the Washington Times, Balint Vazsonyi notes that in a recent New York Times article about the soon-to-be House minority leader, there was not "a single mention of her executive position in the Progressive Caucus, and the latter's ties to the Socialist International."

"Question: If an international organization existed to carry the torch for Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, and if a person running for minority leader had past or present ties to such an organization, what are the chances the New York Times would find it irrelevant to the matter at hand?" asks Vazsonyi.

"None. Zero. Nada.

"Double standards: Do you remember the Austrian nationalist Joerg Haider? He had no such affiliation. Yet the mere possibility that he might harbor sympathies for National Socialist ideas sufficed to make him, and the country in which he holds office, an international pariah.

"The Socialist International carries the torch for Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, V.I. Lenin, Leon Trotsky, and Josef Stalin. Pay no attention to the desperate attempts by socialists to distance themselves from Stalin. For our purposes, it suffices to observe that every single tenet of the Socialist International is the exact opposite of the principles upon which America was founded, and which define the U.S. Constitution.

"For our purposes, it suffices also to observe that members of the U.S. Congress are required to furnish an oath whereby they will preserve, protect, and defend said Constitution.

"DSA/USA, the 'Democratic Socialists of America' are the U.S. arm of the Socialist International. They share the symbol of the fist holding the rose, and they share the tasks to be accomplished — in our case, an altogether different America.

"Some time ago — the date is missing from the descriptions — 58 members of the U.S. House of Representatives formed a subdivision of the Democratic Socialists of America and called it the Progressive Caucus. Their statement of purpose, as well as their membership list, formed an integral part of the dsausa Web site (www.dsausa.org). The membership list appeared on the screen with the continuous background of the fist holding the rose, should anyone have missed the connection with the Socialist International."

After the Washington Times in November 1998 blew the whistle on the so-called "Progressive" Caucus, "action was taken to hide the true nature of the organization, and its membership list was eventually taken off the dsausa Web site."

Vazsonyi continues: "Rep. Nancy Pelosi has long been, and is now, a member of the executive committee of the Progressive Caucus. Her election as minority leader would firmly establish the link between the Democratic Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Socialist International.

"The U.S. Constitution places no restrictions on political creeds. There is no earthly reason why socialists could not be elected to Congress if the people so choose. There is a question of honesty, though. Candidates for office ought to put their cards on the table."

No wonder some Democrat congressmen are ready to bolt the party.


20 posted on 11/29/2006 9:03:27 AM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: SmithL

Norm Dicks is an extreme liberal like the rest, but at least he is Pro-U.S. Can't say that about most of their caucus.


21 posted on 11/29/2006 9:05:16 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Osama Wins!)
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To: darkwing104

It will be difficult to play the race card because John Conyers(D) who is black wrote extensively in 1989 that he had made sure that racism was not a factor in his decision to seek impeachment for Hastings on the basis of lying to the court, that Hastings was no longer worthy of a position of power, and that the corrupt (Hastings) must not be allowed to govern. If they try to play the race card now, they must make Conyers a liar and corrupt. It's a lose-lose situation for the race baiters.


22 posted on 11/29/2006 9:06:15 AM PST by Sender ("Always tell the truth; then you don't have to remember anything." -Mark Twain)
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To: ridesthemiles

"In the eyes of the average American who is not black,"

They could care less about those eyes.


23 posted on 11/29/2006 9:07:23 AM PST by L98Fiero (Built to please and raised to rock.)
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To: SmithL

If Pelosi holds and acts on grudges, as evidenced in her actions concerning Hoyer and Harman, how can one expect Pelosi to act in a bipartisan or civil manner with Republicans?


24 posted on 11/29/2006 9:13:47 AM PST by monocle
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To: Sender
True...

Last I checked Pelosi is white and that is all they need. The race pimps could care less what Coyners said in the past, in the sound byte generation that is acient history.


25 posted on 11/29/2006 9:41:21 AM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: NonValueAdded
Pelosi hasn't won the speakership yet. If she pisses off enough of her party and they join with the Republicans in making a sane choice come the vote in January, the nation will be spared her inept reign.

The republicans don't get to vote for the speaker if that is what you mean, it's a majority thing.

26 posted on 11/29/2006 10:16:55 AM PST by X-FID (Hey Tammy, what's a Duck-worth in Hyde country?)
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To: X-FID
Negative ... the Speaker of the House is elected by the House ... all of it. Practically speaking, if the majority votes as a block it is a forgone conclusion. BUT ... if the speaker-designee screws the pooch before the vote is taken and the minority vows to throw their support behind a different member of the majority party, it CAN work.
27 posted on 11/29/2006 10:57:04 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Prayers for our patriot brother, 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub. Brian, we're all pulling for you!)
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To: X-FID
The republicans don't get to vote for the speaker if that is what you mean, it's a majority thing.

No, the whole House votes for the Speaker. It's usually a party line vote, but it doesn't have to be. A faction of the majority party can bring down their party's leader by cutting a deal with the minority party (which almost happened to Newt once).

If the Republicans get such on offer, they should agree to it but make sure just enough Republicans vote Pelosi so she gets in anyway. That way the Democrats can keep themselves busy with reprisals.

28 posted on 11/29/2006 11:14:50 AM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: SmithL
Hastings was acquitted of federal bribery charges as a federal judge in the 1980s but impeached by the Senate and removed from the bench.

This sounds garbled to me. I understand he was removed from the bench--was he impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate and removed? Was he acquitted in a separate court action? Anyone have a clear synopsis of events they can offer?

29 posted on 11/29/2006 3:00:32 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: A.J.Armitage

You are correct, I looked it up after I posted.


30 posted on 11/29/2006 3:20:26 PM PST by X-FID (Hey Tammy, what's a Duck-worth in Hyde country?)
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To: hinckley buzzard

Alcee HASTINGS, Plaintiff,
v.
UNITED STATES of America, et al., Defendants.
United States District Court,
District of Columbia.
Sept. 17, 1992.
802 F.Supp. 490




SPORKIN, District Judge.

Judge Alcee Hastings, a federal district court judge, was removed from office by the United States Senate after he was convicted on articles of impeachment on October 20, 1989. Impeachment is an extraordinary remedy. As an essential element of our constitutional system of checks and balances, impeachment must be invoked and carried out with solemn respect and scrupulous attention to fairness. Fairness and due process must be the watchword whenever a branch of the United States government conducts a trial, whether it be in a criminal case, a civil case or a case of impeachment.


31 posted on 11/29/2006 7:20:22 PM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb Republicans - Capt. Tom)
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To: RebelBanker

Ben Sargent is an annoying liberal cartoonist from Austin who consistently shows Bush as a baboonish kid and the Republicans as evil fat people. If I had a nickel for every vile slander against conservatives and republicans ...

I cant stand his cartoons even on the rare occassion when they are not bad (like this one).


32 posted on 11/29/2006 7:24:01 PM PST by WOSG (The 4-fold path to save America - Think right, act right, speak right, vote right!)
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To: hinckley buzzard

The federal charge is a seperate issue from the impeachment. Hastings was found not guilty by the jury, then impeached by the house of representatives, and convicted and removed from office by the senate.


33 posted on 11/29/2006 7:30:26 PM PST by sig226 (See my profile for the democrat culture of corruption list.)
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To: devolve

34 posted on 11/29/2006 8:25:30 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: potlatch


Oh -

That's priceless!

Heavy-Duty potlatch!


35 posted on 11/30/2006 2:45:56 PM PST by devolve ( .................always shop, invest, & hire wisely)
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To: devolve

Thanks devolve
[once is enough, lol]


36 posted on 11/30/2006 2:48:00 PM PST by potlatch (Does a clean house indicate that there is a broken computer in it?)
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To: lilylangtree

No wonder some Democrat congressmen are ready to bolt the party.

You must be kidding. There will be NO defections from the Party of Treason.


37 posted on 11/30/2006 2:52:42 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: justshutupandtakeit


Rumsfeld...if he wanted us to win..he would have
called a profess conference the day before the election
and told the press that their constant battering of
the Congress and Senate has caused excessive hearings that
show bias and my resignation is their wish..so be it.. Jake


38 posted on 11/30/2006 2:58:44 PM PST by sanjacjake
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To: Sender
That was then, this is now.

Nobody would even think about bringing that up....

39 posted on 11/30/2006 2:59:07 PM PST by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: sanjacjake

Perhaps Rumsfeld doesn't consider himself a political operative and he wouldn't act without the President's ok in any case. He was not the Republican Secretary of Defense but Secretary of Defense of the United States.

The bottom line is the Treason Media still has too much influence and it allowed the Party of Treason to paint the GOP as Right Wing nutcases and itself as Moderate-Conservative.
I am astonished that Republicans can get elected anywhere at anytime given the power of this media still.

Another few years of undermining it will be required before the Conservative movement will progress much further.


40 posted on 11/30/2006 8:46:13 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: sanjacjake

That's not a plausible scenario and IF done, would have lost the GOP even more votes.


41 posted on 11/30/2006 8:53:32 PM PST by nopardons
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