It's a conservative talk show host's dream: a newly ascendant Democratic House speaker picking an impeached judge to head the highly sensitive Intelligence Committee.Pelosi should give the chairmanship to someone other than Hastings. Otherwise, how the hell will she explain appointing someone whom she and 412 other members of the House voted in 1988 to impeach?
Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi may do just that. She is considering tapping as the next panel chairman seven-term Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings, who lost his federal judgeship almost two decades ago after being impeached by the House and convicted by the Senate.
The selection would give critics an opportunity to attack Pelosi from the first days of a Democratic majority, which may result from next week's elections.
... Passing over Hastings has its own political risks for Pelosi because it may anger black Democratic lawmakers.
Friday, November 03, 2006
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