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Denying Pelosi the Record

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“We’re going to take a two-year hiatus,” Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds (R-N.Y.), chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said yesterday. Referring to incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, he added, “My goal and job will be to make sure she never sets the record that Denny Hastert set.” The New York Times helpfully explains that "Mr. Reynolds was referring to the current speaker, Representative J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois, who has held the job longer than any other Republican in the nation’s history."

So Reynolds' job is to prevent Pelosi from being a longer-serving Republican speaker than Hastert? Mission accomplished. Or maybe he meant his job is to prevent Pelosi from being the longest-serving female speaker. In that case, as of January it will be too late.

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  1. Or maybe he meant he wants to make sure that she doesn’t run one of the most corrupt Houses on record? If so, more power to him.

  2. How about Reynolds tries to stop Pelosi from setting the record his party how holds for pork spending?

  3. *NOW holds, I mean.

  4. Nine kielbasas and four Old Styles in twenty minutes at the Itasca Village Summer Fun Fest in 2005.

  5. It’s good to see that he’s finally taking his job seriously.

  6. With the ascension of The Second-most Dangerous Woman in American Politics, to the post of House Mouthpiece… and with socialist minions at her side… how could they NOT turn it into another corrupt, overspending, overregulating version of the current Congress?

  7. The behavior of Congress isn’t going to change. They depend on money to stay in office. Roughly three people a century get elected without it.

    To raise the money the pol can sell out – the equivalent of bribery. Or he can be of such astonishingly good character, judgement, and ability that people really want him in Congress.

    The first method is illegal and the second is far to difficult for the average pol to consider. So another way must be found.

    Thus the pol dances with those seeking his help but tries not to open his legs too far (little mixed-up sexual metaphor there).

    He accepts trips, and attends seminars in wonderful locales. His wife, daughter or nephew somehow makes a huge salary as a lobbiest. The pol makes an unusually large profit on every investment – be it hog bellies or a land sale. You wouldn’t believe what bargains he finds in the real estate markets.

    That is the state of the US Congress. There is also a twenty percent segment that is so rich that it doesn’t matter. Strangely enough they are mostly Democrats. Odd but true.

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