Monday, April 09, 2007

Cheap Political Stunt

Republicans in both houses of Congress have begun--tentatively to be sure--to call out Nancy Pelosi's leadership:

Republican leaders in both houses of Congress Monday urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi to call the House back immediately to finalize emergency legislation to fund the war on terrorism." A Pelosi spokesman called the letter "a cheap political stunt."

Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio joined other Republicans in signing a letter to Pelosi. The Iraq supplemental spending bill "has been pending since February 5, but your leadership team chose to leave town for more than two weeks rather than completing this bill," it said.

While noting that the Senate "appointed conferees on March 29, moments after passing its version of the bill," the GOP lawmakers said they were "especially troubled" by the fact that the House never named its own conferees despite passing its bill a week earlier.

In other words, Nancy doesn't seem in too much of a hurry. Her team didn't take kindly to the Republican characterization:

Back in Washington, D.C., on Monday, Pelosi spokesman Brendan Daly was not impressed with the letter.

"Coming from the Republicans, who ran the 'do-nothing' Congress, this letter is a cheap political stunt," Daly said in an e-mail message to Cybercast News Service.

Ouch. At first blush that sounds like it'll leave a mark. However, upon further review it's not so clearly a winning message.

Whatever do I mean, you wonder? Well, since we're on the subject of cheap political stunts...

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