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Get along, little pwoggies

By Michael J. Smith on Wednesday March 21, 2007 08:48 PM

From The Hill:
It’s tough to get 218 votes, so Speaker gets tough, too

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding the implied threat of lost committee seats over the heads of Democratic Caucus members who may vote against her $124 billion Iraq war supplemental bill.... The Speaker pointedly reminded Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a leading opponent of the bill, that she had appointed her to the Appropriations Committee, three Democratic lawmakers said.

During a meeting last week with appropriators, Pelosi reminded them that serving on the panel was a privilege, admonishing lawmakers from safe districts who feel they have the luxury to vote how they want without consequences — as opposed to Democrats elected in swing districts who do not....

Pelosi also has met with members of the Progressive Caucus several times in the past two weeks. A lawmaker said the tension between Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), a chief deputy whip and a founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus, was noticeable. The two Californians sat at opposite ends of a long table in Pelosi’s office as Waters, her arms crossed, listened to Pelosi make her case for the bill.....

“Do I have 218 people that I know are definite ‘yeses’ right this minute? The answer to that is no. … Do I think we will have 218 votes on this bill when we call it up for a vote? The answer to that is yes,” Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told reporters yesterday. “[Do] I think we will need to delay it? I hope the answer to that is no and believe it is no.”

Steny is almost certainly right, for once. The pwoggies will fall into line. It's funny how asymmetrically organizational discipline works in the Democratic Party: aisle-crossers to the right like Lieberman never seem to be punished, but Lee and Waters, it appears, will get the hammer if they stray from the party line -- which is, of course, more war and more wars, in saecula saeculorum.

Comments (3)

owen p:

there's no place to go ....lefter

notice the repug pros never rooster their left

the base does

vive la sameness

you can go right or left only so far if there are only two tents set up side by side

ortriana duplex

owen p:

la task nan ??

control her no's
so they equal
no more then 217
when she adds in
the net repug no's

she'll let as many off as she can

dear lady

problem she has to bash the no leaders
"they are examples in the making"

there are a few repug yes votes
and she don't need all her party to yes
with her on this ...

oh the counting will get "tip -ian"
if the folks play fence well enough

i'd say she and the sten gun
need about 227 firm dembo yeses
to be sure they get 218 come votin' time


if la nan were to asked me

if she nedded my yes

she'd get my yes

of course after i'd need to commit ...
whats the word???

sepple koo ???


Not sepple koo. Koo Stark, Owen.

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