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In reading through some of the diaries this morning a lot of hay is being made from the Washington Post article talking about how the Democrats are not going to immediately implement one of the 9/11 commissions recommendations regarding structural reoganization in Congress. Now before getting worked up over this and running a PR campaign, or worse opening up with both barrels on thos we just elected let's take a look at what a structural reorg would look like.

First there are 435 members of the house and 100 members in the senate. That means there are a grand total of 535 members in congress. There are multiple committees for intelligence, defense, Homeland Security and other such oversight arms and appropriations arms within Congress and anyone who has ever been involved in even a departmental reoganization knows that it takes time, and often panels or sub-committees to achieve the goal.

Yes, the Democrats ran on a platform of implementing the 9/11 commissions recommendations and they are taking the first step. Getting a panel together to go over the situation and come up with the best means of implementing it. "Structural reorganization" is not a plan to be implemented. We all saw what a cluster-fuck the department of Homeland Security was, the reason, it was rushed through.

What we are seeing, for the first time in 6 years is open government. The party in control has not even been sworn in and already they are showing their openness by not making backroom deals with regard to who gets what appointment and where. Unlike the republicans who slammed through everything and never showed so much as even a hint of real dissent there is now a party in charge of both chambers that is willing to open up about the fact that not everyone is going to agree on everything 100% of the time.

I thought that was something we wanted when we used to hope that Specter wasn't going to be a shill and bend over for the administration and party leadership or when there was still a little glimmer of "maverickness" (is that a word?) in the asshat McCain. Yes there were the kerfluffles over Murtha and Hoyer and yeah there was a brief kerfluffle over Hastings and there will be one over Boxer to be sure but if anything Pelosi has played the cards right. She's been shrewd in playing things like a chess game.

From the outside some are going to take this as a sign of division and the wurlitzer that is the MSM will continue playing the same stupid tune until the smoke grenades clear and they find out it was...nothing.

The stories have died. No matter what angle they have taken Pelosi has already shown that they are making much adieu about nothing. Yes expectations are high and the MSM is going to go after whatever meat it can simply because it has no clue what to do. But if the elections on Nov 7 proved nothing else, they proved that Americans wanted representatives who represented them and their beliefs not just ones who toe the party line 100% of the time like the Republicans did (just look at Chaffee).

A reorganization of congress and the various committees per the 9/11 commissions recommendations will take time and take a plan if it is to be real and meaningful. Rather than jumping in head first and realizing the pool isn't deep enough thus cracking open their skulls and producing a crappy re-org the dems seem to want to take the time to get it right and they deserve that chance.

That doesn't mean we should be lax, we need to hold their feet to the fire, but don't let go full bore with that flame thrower just yet. Swearing in is still a month away. Let the MSM read into things whatever they will. They'll either keep getting burned when they realize they were making hay about nothing and if they don't figure it out then let them keep getting burned. They were wrong about a lot of things, they'll continue to be wrong.

Let them howl all they want, there's work to do and a government to restore, one that is open and receptive, and that is happening. I wish it could happen over night but it can be all the sweeter to watch the MSM and the critics eat pie when it finally does, even if it takes time.

Originally posted to Dreggas on Thu Nov 30, 2006 at 09:24 AM PST.

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Comment Preferences

    •  OK, Let's Wait Until the First 100 Hours Pass... (0+ / 0-)

      then we can convine our blog oversight hearings here at Daily Kos.

      My boxers are not riding up as yet, although I admit to saving up some vitriol for Steny Hoyer, if he start manipulating things to help his K Street buddies.

      RMD

      The Bushiter's Iraq 2004 - 1268 Dead, about 25K Medivacs and 9000 Maimed... It's the Bushiter Way, wasting other people's money and lives. And it's worse now.

      by RedMeatDem on Thu Nov 30, 2006 at 10:57:05 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Sing it Brother! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Dreggas

    If you live in fear, then the worst that can happen to you has already happened

    by Something the Dog Said on Thu Nov 30, 2006 at 09:23:58 AM PST

  •  Hey now... let go of the shovel. (2+ / 0-)
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    Dreggas, Something the Dog Said
    A lot of us were getting ready to start burying the 'traitors!!!!!' to the Democratic process and you had to go an pull the shovel away with common sense.
    Darn.... who the heck are we going to try burying now...
    (Oh hi Mister Will!!)

    Is it the new year yet?

    by RElland on Thu Nov 30, 2006 at 09:28:06 AM PST

  •  It is astonishing to me... (2+ / 0-)
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    Dreggas, Something the Dog Said

    How even correspondents that know full-well that there is next to nothing Democrats can do prior to actually getting the 110th Congress under way are portraying them as gridlocked or rife with internecine warfare.

    And, by golly, where’s that plan for Iraq? Investigations, purely partisan retribution (never mind it’s a part of congressional oversight). And my personal favorite, impeachment is on/off the table (as if it would be the first vote after organization).

    Your dairy raises an excellent point. While I’m sure that the congress could better organize to deal with matters dealing with intelligence, the same could be said of everything from Food Stamps (the Agriculture Committees?) to House Administration (I think Dems can do it without having the chairman end up in jail).

    Please, America, let Pelosi and Reid actually wield some power before criticizing what they are doing or are not doing with it.

    •  Kool-aid should be treated (0+ / 0-)

      like any other addiction, with a 12 step program.

      The MSM has been spoon fed by the republicans since the mid-90's. Slowly but surely they are being weaned off, just look at NBC calling a duck a duck with regard to Iraq. It's gonna take some time, it's not gonna happen over night.

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