Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Rahm and Pelosi

From John Bresnahan at Politico:

In talks with Emanuel and others, sources say, Pelosi has “set parameters” for what she wants from Barack Obama and his White House staff — no surprises, and no backdoor efforts to go around her and other Democratic leaders by cutting deals with moderate New Democrats or conservative Blue Dogs. Specifically, Pelosi has told Emanuel that she wants to know when representatives of the incoming administration have any contact with her rank-and-file Democrats — and why, sources say.

Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are signaling that they won’t tolerate a repeat
[White House setting policy expecting Congress to go along] with a Democrat in the White House and Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate.

“There is tension. There is going to be tension,” said a Democratic veteran of Capitol Hill. “This is not Hastert. She wants to know what they are up to.”

I'm not sure it is as bad as he makes it sound but she definitely wants her finger in the pie.


Stephanie said...

Saw this story and thought Harry and Nancy are delusional. Why would they insist on freelancing? Seems like following Obama's lead is the smartest political move, given his popularity, right now anyway.

Scooter said...

I have to agree with you. I just have a feeling that they think they (cough) are much smarter than he. Seems like his own team doesn't want to give him his 100 days.