She’s not even wielded the gavel yet, but incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi already finds herself on the defensive — not from bitter Republicans, but from the New York Times.
A Times editorial Friday takes Pelosi to task for her ham-handed push to get Rep. John Murtha named majority leader over the better-respected Rep. Sonny Hoyer (in photo). Then there is the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee, which Pelosi appeared to be using to settle a political score against the panel’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Jane Harman.
“As incoming speaker, Ms. Pelosi will be dogged by skepticism — from within the party and without — about her political smarts and her ability to deliver a galvanized agenda,” the Times says.
Not the sort of performance review you want before your first day on the job.
Posted by Dave Knadler
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