On the Likely Behavior of Democrats in the 110th
Former Representative (and member of the Class of ’94) Bob Barr has very interesting piece in the AJC concerning the return to the majority by the Democrats. In it he argues that theHouse Democrats won’t repeat GOP mistakes.
I think that he is correct and the entire piece is worth reading.
His conclusion is one that I share (and noted on TV Tuesday night and on a podcast Wednesday afternoon)–that the Democrats are fully aware that they are auditioning for 2008 and that the likelihood that they will behave as whackily as some have predicted is highly unlikely.
The Democrats will do everything in their power to avoid a return to second-class citizenship. They will be more likely than were the Republicans a dozen years ago to take modest steps, and to be careful lest rhetoric overtake feasible action. The goal for Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her battle-hardened team will be to spend two years laying the groundwork for further gains in 2008, and to push an agenda that will provide a solid and likely centrist platform for their party’s standard-bearer.
Now, do I think that Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid will be able to control their respective chambers totally? Clearly, the answer to that is no. And certainly the new Democratic majorities will do and say things that will drive the right-side of the Blogosphere nuts, but that’s just normal politics.
[cross-posted at PoliBlog]