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Nope...They're not talking to Republicans...They're talking about their own Democratic leadership...

Congressional Democrats Demanding More Bipartisanship

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A group of more than 50 House Democrats has penned a letter to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) imploring him to “restore this institution” and see that the House returns to a “regular order” process of legislating.

The letter, signed by a large number of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition and the centrist New Democratic Coalition, has not yet been sent. Members are still gathering signatures in an effort to send the strongest signal possible to all top House Democrats that the caucus is up in arms over the top-down method of legislating employed by Democrats since late last year.

...Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) — one of the lead Blue Dogs — made a startling admission to lefty Liberadio on Sunday, suggesting the White House quietly encouraged him to buck House leadership on the stimulus.

Cooper was one of 11 Dems to vote no — joining every GOP House member.

"Well, I probably shouldn’t tell you this, but I actually got some quiet encouragement from the Obama folks for what I’m doing," said Cooper, one of about 55 House Democrats to sign a letter criticizing Speaker Nancy Pelosi for suspending normal debate and committee rules on the $819 billion package.

He went on — and on:

"They know its a messy bill and they wanted a clean bill. Now, I got in terrible trouble with our leadership because they don’t care what’s in the bill, they just want it pass and they want it to be unanimous."
Looks like Obama and Pelosi are playing good cop/bad cop with their own congresscritters...
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Nope...They're not talking to Republicans...They're talking about their own Democratic leadership...

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I wrote this right after the 2006 elections elsewhere...

Looks like it's the latter...

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=cnredd]The change was the new Senators and Representatives...These people have been unanimously considered "Conservative Democrats"...In other words, there were no far-Left candidates elected in the mold of Pelosi, Kennedy, Kerry, Rangel, and Durbin...

These are the people Pelosi will have to deal with...They were chosen with the main issue of Iraq in mind, but they are NOT there to change the domestic and social policies...

If Pelosi understands this, she will have to downplay her "San Francisco values" and play to the ideology of the new incoming Congress...which is decidedly more towards the middle...This will undoubtedly cause problems with her base, as they are the most Liberal in the country...

But if she decides to go the opposite route and try to drag the new Congress toward her ideology, that mistake will put her in the same realm as Carter in 1980...scraping and clawing for a lost cause...
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