Many Americans who now have “voter’s remorse” (Congressional approval numbers are abysmal) should hope that the much ballyhooed “100 Hours” have expired.
The folks at The Politico.com have a story with the most obvious headline I’ve read in a while…..
Pelosi Falls Short on Election Promises (Duh.. anyone with a brain knew she would)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is discovering the cold truth about governing with a slim majority: It’s much easier to promise behavioral change for Congress than to deliver it.
That isn’t entirely true. The House is designed for, as a friend of mine describes, “mob rule.” So it is a bit disingenuous to make this statement if you are just talking about the House of Representatives. Passing final legislation, yes, is harder than promising it. But the truth is being in the Majority Is Being King (even with one vote) in the US House.
But Nancy isn’t even living up to her most highlighted promise: to be “the most ethical Congress in history.” *coughs*
Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a congressional watchdog organization, said [US Rep. William] Jefferson’s reelection put the new speaker in a bind.
“Pelosi had to put him somewhere,” said Sloan, who has also worked as minority counsel for the House Judiciary Committee for then-ranking member John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.). “But I am troubled by the fact … that (Jefferson) is the kind of guy who could not pass a security clearance test and yet now he has access to top-secret government info.”
Some Democratic lawmakers privately warn that Pelosi could blow a rare opportunity to change voters’ perception of the party and Congress if she reverts to old Republican ways.
In a recent newspaper commentary, former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton of Indiana expressed concern “that the new Democratic majority in the House, which certainly understands the sting of unfair treatment, has on occasion yielded to the temptation of its newfound power to shut down Republican participation.”
Ah, the 110th Imperial Congress (with the Speaker’s craving of a Luxury 757 and all) continues the “people’s work.”