the first round goes to waxman

Today, in a close 25 to 22 vote of the House Steering and Policy Committee, Democratic leaders decided to nominate Representative Henry Waxman for chairmanship of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, replacing 82 year old Michigan Congressman John Dingell, who has held the position for the last several decades. That, however, isn’t the end of it. Tomorrow, the entire 260-member House Democratic caucus votes to decide whether the winner will be Waxman, a California environmentalist, or Dingell, a tenacious defender of the Big Three. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the decision could have enormous ramifications for the state of Michigan.

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7 Comments

  1. Robert
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    I’m surprised not to see Brackache already commenting under this post, comparing Dingell to Mussolini or something.

  2. Brackache
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    How dare you… blah blah blah… fuck it.

    Like I said before, they both voted for the first bailout, so I kind of don’t give a damn about this issue, despite Dingell’s similarity to sensational dictators of the 20th century, or to the lovable Thing from Marvel comics for that matter.

  3. Robert
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

    Mussolini didn’t vote for the bailout.

  4. applejack
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Waxman wins!

  5. Brackache
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Is Dingell your dad or something, Robert?

  6. Paw
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 4:22 pm | Permalink

    Here that sound? It’s the sound of Michigan becoming irrelevant. Dingell could have led America toward a better future. Instead, he used his considerable talents to fight change. Michigan deserves what it gets.

  7. Robert
    Posted November 20, 2008 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    No, Mussolini was, Brackache.

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