Monday, November 27, 2006

The Latest on Congressional Ethics Reform

This is a make or break issue for the Country and the Democrats.


Anonymous said...

Pelosi sure didn't get off to a good start backing the ethically challenged John Murtha for Majority Leader. And until Pelosi officially removes Alcee Hastings from consideration as Intelligence Chairman, then I am not confident Democrats will be any better than Republicans when it comes to ethics reform.

David W. Keelan said...

I think the Democrats are going to have a difficult time getting anything through their splintered party. I don't mean to offend. What I mean is that Pelosi has to get everything she wants to do by a variety of competing caucus' (Black Caucus, Hispanic Caucus, DLC, Blue Dogs, etc). Once she gets by each of those groups (who will amend and amend every piece of legislation she puts forward then she has to get it by a split Senate, where in the age of the filibuster, she needs 60 votes to pass anything.

This is the same dilemna that Bill Clinton faced. That is why he worked so well with the Republicans on legislative issues. He didn't have to jump through as many hoops.

Pelosi has a tough job.