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Waxman wrestles gavel from Dingell (Another socialist Moves Up)
the hill ^ | 11/20/2008 | Mike Soraghan

Posted on 11/20/2008 1:28:14 PM PST by jessduntno

Waxman wrestles gavel from Dingell

By Mike Soraghan

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) will become the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee after House Democrats voted to replace current Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.).

Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote.

The dramatic intra-party showdown for the coveted position signals a leftward turn for the Democratic agenda. The outcome was a blow to the seniority system and a victory, at least in perception, for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Though her aides denied it, many saw the hand of Pelosi in Waxman’s challenge for the post, which conveys great power over how the Democratic agenda of President-elect Barack Obama will be implemented.

Waxman is considered more liberal on issues like climate change, energy and business regulation, and potentially more aggressive on healthcare. Dingell, the longest-serving House lawmaker, is close to the auto industry and autoworkers.

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TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: 111th; americaissoscrewed; dingell; nostrilitis; obamarally; pelosi; waxman
Every day is more insulting than the next. This guy, besides having been the model for the Pig-Man that Kramer saw in the Hospital on Seinfeld, is somewhere to the left of Castro. This on the heels of kerry moving up is just another black day for America...
1 posted on 11/20/2008 1:28:15 PM PST by jessduntno
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To: jessduntno

Darth Vader’s Imperial Army continues to build....

2 posted on 11/20/2008 1:31:08 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: jessduntno

not your father’s democrat party anymore.

3 posted on 11/20/2008 1:31:13 PM PST by ari-freedom (So this is how Liberty dies... with thunderous applause)
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To: jessduntno
Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote.

Ironic - aint it?

4 posted on 11/20/2008 1:35:52 PM PST by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid".)
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To: jessduntno

So much for expanded oil exploration & exploitation. No more coal fired electric plants. No nukes, either. Be ready for $7.00 gas and electricity rationing.

5 posted on 11/20/2008 1:36:38 PM PST by henkster (It's time for a conservative "long march through the institutions.")
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To: capydick

“Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote.
Ironic - aint it?”

I guess they aren’t in the Union...

6 posted on 11/20/2008 1:38:33 PM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: jessduntno
This exerpt from Waxman's website gives us an indication of what we're in for. He's Hollywood's (and gay L.A.'s) man in Congress:

Henry A. Waxman represents California's 30th Congressional District, which includes the complete cities of Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Westlake Village. He also represents communities including Pacific Palisades, West Hills, Canoga Park, Bel-Air, Century City, Westwood, Brentwood, Topanga, Chatsworth, Woodland Hills, Beverlywood and West Los Angeles.

The scenic 30th district spans from the coastal communities of Santa Monica and Malibu east toward West Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. It covers large portions of the Santa Monica Mountains, which are surrounded by Calabasas, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Hidden Hills and Topanga. The district also reaches north, encompassing most of Chatsworth and Woodland Hills.

California's 30th Congressional District is home to much of old Hollywood, including its gorgeous architecture and many of Los Angeles' best known movie and television studios, including Fox, Universal Music, MGM, Sony Music, MTV, HBO, TNT, Castle Rock and CBS. The 30th district also boasts Mann's Chinese Theater, the Kodak Theater, and Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame.

7 posted on 11/20/2008 1:40:50 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: henkster
Hey you can replace your toliet with a Clivus Multrum and try to extract the gaseous emissions as fuel to run your moped....:-).

Spoke with my auto engr gnomes, their responses were basically; Oh $H!+, Lovely, and Aaghh not good....

8 posted on 11/20/2008 1:42:11 PM PST by taildragger (Palin / Mulally 2012.....)
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To: ari-freedom
"not your father’s democrat party anymore."

Exactly. That Donkey subterfuge is going to leave a lot of hard feelings. Dingelberry still has enough pull to ruin Henry's day, every day. Dingel had the ear of the Blue Dogs and Henry does not.

9 posted on 11/20/2008 1:42:14 PM PST by StAnDeliver
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To: EagleUSA
I dunno, I think these are the Ewoks we're talking about here...

10 posted on 11/20/2008 1:45:24 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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11 posted on 11/20/2008 1:48:44 PM PST by RED SOUTH
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To: jessduntno

Kerry moving up? Missed that one, what’s that dim bulb going to be heading?

12 posted on 11/20/2008 2:09:53 PM PST by marlon
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Kerry poised to cap long journey
Will lead panel that thrust him to fame in ‘71
By Bryan Bender, Globe Staff | November 20, 2008

WASHINGTON - More than three decades after he first appeared before the panel as a 27-year-old Vietnam veteran-turned-antiwar protester, Senator John F. Kerry will be named chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving him enormous influence over President-elect Barack Obama’s foreign policy, according to congressional officials.

Kerry, who was elected to a fifth term from Massachusetts earlier this month, will be handed the gavel when the new Congress convenes in January, replacing Vice President-elect Joe Biden, the officials said.

Aides to Kerry said he is already laying out a broad agenda for the committee, beginning with new legislation to strengthen the United States’ hand against terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan; provide oversight of efforts to end the war in Iraq; and seize what he sees as a new opportunity to curtail the spread of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons.

Kerry, 64, is still considered by some political observers to be a possible pick for Obama’s secretary of state, but Senator Hillary Clinton of New York and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, each of whom met separately with Obama at his Chicago transition office last week, are considered far more likely selections for the position of top diplomat.

Still, from his new perch on the Foreign Relations Committee, Kerry would play an “enormous gatekeeping role,” said Ralph G. Carter, a professor at Texas Christian University and coauthor of the upcoming book, “Choosing to Lead: Understanding Congressional Foreign Policy Entrepreneurs.”

13 posted on 11/20/2008 2:17:34 PM PST by jessduntno (Barack - Kenyan for "High Wind, Big Thunder, No Rain")
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To: jessduntno
This is definitely not a good omen for what the next Congress will be like.

There isn't much about Dingell that exactly thrills me, but at least he is, or has been up until now, one of the very, very few pro-2nd amendment northern Democrats left in Congress. OTOH I can't think of a single favorable thing that I could say about Waxman, he's among the worst examples of a party made up of the worst of the worst.

I may be mistaken, but I seem to remember Dingell having been on the NRA board of directors at some time in the past, can anyone confirm that?

14 posted on 11/20/2008 2:27:36 PM PST by epow (I'll keep my God, my freedom, my guns, and my money. You can keep THE CHANGE)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

I see that someone FINALLY trimmed Henry’s nasal hair.

15 posted on 11/20/2008 2:28:30 PM PST by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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To: StAnDeliver

The one thing I like about Dingell is his pro gun stance. Not the time to lose a guy like that.

16 posted on 11/20/2008 3:31:36 PM PST by mcshot (Bitterly Loving God, Family, Life, Guns and our Constitution - as written!)
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To: jessduntno
Waxman won 137-122 in the secret ballot vote.

As usual, the Dems are selective when it comes to their own behavior.

17 posted on 11/20/2008 3:47:52 PM PST by torchthemummy (It's official! The Democrat Party is now officially The Party Of Pauls)
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To: jessduntno

Waxman is in a totally safe seat and never has opposition. His fund raising is minimal for himself. His power comes from his ability to direct funds to other congresscritters from the Hollywood and Los Angeles left. That is serious power. Dingle hasn’t much that can compete except seniority.

18 posted on 11/20/2008 6:11:16 PM PST by airedale ( XZ)
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