As this week draws to a close I thought it appropriate to take a moment and acknowledge the efforts of the speaker in crafting health care reform. From everything I’ve read the House bill seems to be very well crafted and will greatly improve the lives of 10s millions of American, including myself! For more info on the bill I suggest you go over to True/Slant and check out Rick Unger’s break down of the bill (I’ll post the links at the end of this)
I don’t think it’s much of a secret that I’m a big fan of Nancy Pelosi, it’s been a very long time since we’ve had truly powerful Speak of the House and I think we as nation have suffered for it. Even when the president and the speaker are of the same party a powerful speaker serves as counter to presidential power. Being the president’s lap dog never serves the republic well, I don’t think history will have a lot to say about Dennis Hastert, one way or another. The different personalities of each party might have a lot to do with why so few Republican speakers go on to become political legends as Tip O’Neill and Sam Rayburn did, after all it’s take a lot of talent to corral a herd of cats! Republicans tend to walk in lock step we Dems rarely do.
I think this week we got to see just how effective a Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has become.