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The House Democratic Steering Committee voted 25 to 22 to recommend that Henry Waxman replace John Dingell as chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committe. Like yesterday’s Lieberman vote in the Senate, this was done by secret ballot. Unlike the Lieberman vote, this has clear policy implications with which the netroots should be pleased: Waxman is well to the left of Dingell on environmental regulations and climate change. A vote for Waxman is a vote to move left on these issues.
It isn’t clear whether the entire 255-member Democratic caucus will go along with this narrow vote, but it’s a start. Waxman is said to be favored by liberals and freshman Democrats who won their races with the help of Waxman campaign cash. Dingell is believed to be supported by moderate-to-conservative Blue Dogs and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, the latter wanting to preserve the seniority system for committee chairs. Dingell was even more generous with his campaign money than Waxman this year, but he did not target his giving as carefully to winnable races.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?