Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Nancy Pelosi and the Australian press.

Interesting profile of House Democrat leader Nancy Pelosi here,
The 66-year-old San Francisco lawmaker is an aggressive, hyperpartisan liberal pol who is the Democrats' version of Tom DeLay, minus the ethical and legal problems of the former Republican House leader. To condition Democrats for this fall's midterm elections, she has employed tactics straight out of DeLay's playbook: insisting other House Democrats vote the party line on everything, avoiding compromise with Republicans at all cost and mandating that members spend much of their time raising money for colleagues in close races. And she has been effective. House Democrats have been more unified in their voting than at any other time in the past quarter-century, with members on average voting the party line 88% of the time in 2005.
Pelosi may become the closest to the American equivalent of Prime Minister. A search on Factiva for references to her in the Australian press pulls up only 11 references all relating to appearances by Bush and the Iraqi PM before Congress. Nothing on her likely role after the elections. But of course the quality press is full of another American story.


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