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Would you consider Nancy Pelosi's [D-CA] leadership in the House authoritarian?

Rep. Brian Baird, a six-term Democrat from Washington state would.

"It's been an authoritarian, closed leadership. That style plus a general group think mentality didn't work when Tom DeLay called the shots," Mr. Baird says. "We've made some of the same damn mistakes, and we were supposed to be better. That's the heartbreak."

Do you trust her to lead the House any longer?

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 6:25 PM on Nov. 1, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Considering her first order of business as speaker was to rewrite the rules of congress to prevent the minority from even being allowed to introduce legislation? Authoritarian would be a kind word for it. She even told Obama to pound sand - she thinks he works for her.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:26 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Mr. Baird recalls that he was "very excited" when his party took control of Congress in 2006, but he saw ominous signs early on. Before the 2006 election, he says, Mrs. Pelosi had 30 members working on a rules package to make the House more ethical and deliberative. "We abandoned all that work after the election, and leaders told us we should trust them to clean things up. I don't know a single member of the Democratic caucus who saw the final rules package before they voted on it."


    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 6:30 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • I think there is more than just Baird thinking that way in the democrat party. They cave under threats from their own to tow the party line.

    Answer by Carpy at 6:33 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • No. I'd call it the biggest travesty in the history of this country, next to the "obama administration."

    Answer by jaycietaylorgma at 7:05 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • I can;t wait until she's gone

    Answer by cmlkb at 11:11 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Would you consider Cheney Authoritarian???????

    Answer by Peyote at 11:33 PM on Nov. 1, 2010

  • Cheney has no current decision making ability for policies/laws/issues involving the US federal government. It's time to join the year 2010. ;)

    Comment by grlygrlz2 (original poster) at 12:18 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

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    Answer by waldorfmom at 5:13 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • YES without a doubt...I canot wait until the wicked witch is gone..

    Answer by tnmomofive at 7:44 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

  • cannot*

    Somebody slam the gavel down on her

    Answer by tnmomofive at 7:44 AM on Nov. 2, 2010

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