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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Pelosi and Her Call to Remove the FEMA Director

It takes a certain degree of egotism, I suppose, to run for a political office. However, when your father was a Congressman, maybe it comes easier to seek office. Sometimes you might defer the run until you raised your family (commendable). For example, Representative Nancy Pelosi, daughter of "Thomas D'Alesandro, Jr., who served as Mayor of Baltimore for 12 years, after representing the city for five terms in Congress. Her brother, Thomas D'Alesandro III, also served as Mayor of Baltimore." (source)
Pelosi attended Trinity College (now Trinity University) in Washington, DC, where she met her future husband, Paul Pelosi. When the couple married, they moved to his hometown of San Francisco, where his brother served on the city's Board of Supervisors. Once the youngest of their five children became a senior in high school, Nancy Pelosi became involved in Democratic Party politics in the city, working her way up to becoming party chairwoman for Northern California, and joining forces with one of the leaders of California Democratic Party politics, San Francisco Representative Phillip Burton.(source)
This level of experience has, of course, made her an expert on many matters, including disaster management and allows her to pass judgment on others as she did here:
Pelosi, the house minority leader, told the president at the White House Tuesday he should fire Michael Brown.
"But if somebody is incompetent, has no credentials for the job that he holds, and that I would say is Micheal Brown -- the head of FEMA -- brings nothing to the table of the level of competence and accountability … that he should not continue in that job unless we want a continuation of the shortcomings that we have had in the response," Pelosi said.
Query - has Ms. Pelosi just described her own qualifications or lack thereof and suggested the course of action she should follow?

Or am I simply unaware that Congresspersons are endowed with superior knowledge in all matters?

What? - they may rely on the expertise of their staffs and outside experts? Oh. And exactly how does this make her any different from Mr. Brown?

Just asking...

UPDATE: For those needing more arguments against Mr. Brown, they are all pretty well laid out here as are some responses.

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