Waxman Ousts Dingell

Just caught this from firedoglake – HenryWaxman defeated John Dingell for “chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.”  Here’s Jane in her special prose:

This is a huge defeat for the Blue Dogs, who were hoping to use Dingell as a roadblock to keep any meaningful change from happening with regard to issues under the Committee’s jurisdiction — telecommunications and health care, energy and environmental protection, interstate commerce and consumer protection….

This week the Senate voted to remain a bunch of self-protecting hacks by letting Lieberman keep his gavel, but the House voted for progress.

Anyone who thinks that other members of the House aren’t soiling themselves over this huge blow to the traditional system of seniority and entitlement hasn’t been paying attention.

If you’re looking for a more, hmm, unbiased approach, here’s the Washington Post:

“It’s the mantra of the Obama election. People want change,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), who rallied support for Waxman. “He’ll work best with the new administration.”

And for a bit more nuance – note below.  I’ve seen Waxman in action being the C-SPAN junkie that I am.  He’ll do it.  And the other little tidbit…. would that be considered a ‘conflict of interest’ especially in light of the presentation of the CEOs of the “Big 3” automakers to Capitol Hill yesterday? Seems a little too snug a relationship for me.

Waxman, who represents Beverly Hills and other parts of Los Angeles, hails from the party’s liberal wing.

The chairman’s contest comes as Detroit’s Big Three automakers are pleading with Congress to approve a $25 billion rescue package. Dingell’s wife, Debbie, is an executive at cash-strapped General Motors

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