Thursday, November 16, 2006

First Glimmer of Political Good News 

Fox News Online is reporting that the Dems have elected Steny Hoyer as House Majority Leader for the new session. I don't know much about Mr. Hoyer, but it demonstrates to me that there are enough grownups among the House Democrats not to elect an integrity-challenged, earmark-loving, cut-and-runner to their leadership team. One can only hope that the lesson for Pelosi will be heeded in connection with committee appointments, especially Intelligence.

I'm not at all impressed with the choices that the Repubs have made for their leadership, but I hold out hope that their rout at the polls will engender a mood of seriousness on their side of the aisle in both the House and Senate.

The Dems have enjoyed twelve years of being able to decry all the problems with Republican policies while not having much responsibility to come up with alternatives. Now that shoe is on the other foot, and the Democrats may find that it pinches--painfully.

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