Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dick Morris: Pelosi is expendable

Political analyst Dick Morris, who spent years trying to clean up political scandals in the Bill Clinton administration, believes the current Nancy Pelosi/CIA dispute over who is telling the truth can end one way: Pelosi will be forced out as Speaker of the House.

From Morris' most recent column with wife/co-writer Eileen McGann:
It's obvious that either Leon Panetta, Obama's head of the CIA, or Nancy Pelosi, his party's speaker of the House, has to go.

No administration can tolerate a permanent, public civil war between two such high-ranking officials. Especially when their disagreement stems not from issues of policy, but from matters of veracity and credibility.

Their battle must end in one of their resignations.

But Pelosi is expendable. The job of a Democratic speaker is to pass the program of the Democratic president. Her ability and track record is measured on a scale of effectiveness. If she is ineffective, she's not up to the job.

The speaker is the hired help. Her role is serve her president — not to feud with the man the president put in charge of the CIA.
Morris & McGann also point out that the flaky Californian barely won the Speaker race after the Democrats took control of the House after the 2006 elections and she hasn't exactly endeared herself to moderate Democrats by pushing a far-left agenda in the past two years.

"Remember that Pelosi won by only 118 to 95 in her election as speaker. Her support was not overwhelming to begin with" Morris & McGann write.

Read the full column, "Speaker skating on thin ice," here.

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