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Pelosi and Emanuel marking their territory December 16, 2008

Posted by neoavatara in Politics.
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In a recent conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel offered some advice on a Democratic House leadership race. Pelosi’s response, according to several Democratic sources: It is “an internal House Democratic Caucus matter, and we’ll handle it.”

This animosity (though they deny any animosity) was certain to happen.  Pelosi, with Obama’s election, automatically loses power.  Now, people will look to Obama for leadership instead of Pelosi.  Pelosi wants to be integral to any Obama successes.  But generally this is not what occurs.  With Bill Clinton and his Democratic Congress, or George W. Bush and his Republican Congress, basically the White House dictated their will.  I believe Obama will do the same.  Surely he and Pelosi agree on most things.  But when they won’t, Obama is a pragmatist; he will use anyone he needs to in order to get his bill passed.

Pelosi is only now coming to the understanding that her power is significantly waning with Obama’s ascension.



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