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Pelosi Congress: Radicals Would Lead

Sunday, 17 September 2006 12:00 AM

If Nancy Pelosi and her fellow Democrats win at the polls this November, it will give the party control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 1994.

Under such a scenario, Pelosi would not only replace Dennis Hastert as the Speaker of the House, she would bring with her a new Democratic leadership – and many in this new leadership are quite radical in their politics.

NewsMax.com took a careful look at who among the Democratic caucus may hold the top positions in committees such as Ways and Means and Judiciary under a Pelosi Congress. The results were startling.

The Democrats need to pick up only 15 seats to gain a majority in the House. Of the 28 open seats – in districts where the incumbent is not seeking re-election – 18 are now held by Republicans.

The "Cook Political Report," a nonpartisan election analysis newsletter, lists 55 Republican and 20 Democratic seats as potentially "in play" – and all 17 "toss-up" seats are Republican.

A number of polls show strong public sentiment in favor of Democrats. Asked in a September CNN poll who should control Congress, 55 percent of respondents said Democrats – and only 43 percent picked the Republicans.

So there is a strong possibility that Democrats could pick up the 15 seats they need.

Under House rules, the majority party selects the chairman of each committee and subcommittee.

A Democratic takeover of the House "would usher in a cadre of the most liberal members to the most important committee chairmanships in the House," according to a report from the organization Washington Analysis. "These new chairmen would not only dictate the agenda, but would also lead the oversight onslaught that would be expected under a Democratic majority."

A Democratic majority would also enable the party to select the chairman of each subcommittee, creating further difficulties for the Bush administration. For instance, John Murtha of Pennsylvania, an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, is in line to become chairman of the Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee.

Democrats traditionally go strictly by seniority when selecting a committee chairperson, while Republican Party rules allow them to be more flexible.

If Democrats remain true to form, here's what Pelosi's Congress will look like, according to Washington Analysis and other sources – along with each Democrat's "liberal quotient," the Americans for Democratic Action's rating based on lawmakers' support for the liberal position in key votes:

The would-be Speaker also backed a measure calling for a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, supported a bill requiring a 72-hour background check for persons buying weapons at gun shows – and opposed a bill strengthening the enforcement of immigration laws.

He has admitted to being a "tax-tax, spend-spend" Democrat, and The Washington Post said Hoyer is "among the House's 10 most prodigious suppliers of pork."

Other Democrats in line for the chairman position include Colin Peterson of Minnesota, Agriculture (65 percent).

Nick Rahall of West Virginia, Resources (90 percent).

Bart Gordon of Tennessee, Science (90 percent).

Nydia Velazquez of New York, Small Business (100 percent).

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