Friday, August 17, 2007
Dennis Hastert's Tenure Analyzed
Photo from Reuters.com
Earlier, I posted the news of Dennis Hastert's impending departure, but I didn't do a thorough job of explaining his abysmal performance. To rectify that, here is an outstanding dissection of Hastert's tenure. It also includes a warning to Speaker Pelosi, should she find herself with a Democratic President.
The Worst House Speaker in American History
Dennis Hastert, who served eight years as the most lamentable Speaker of the House in the chamber's history, began a slow exit from the Congress Friday. It was on that day that the former wrestling coach, who attained the speakership not on the basis of any political skills or policy expertise but because he was willing to front for the unpalatable Tom DeLay, announced his decision not to seek reelection from the Illinois district that has elected him since 1986. [snip]
Could the shambling, ineffectual and frequently inarticulate Hastert really have been a worse Speaker of the House than a crude proponent of slavery, or a crook like Jim Wright or a conniving partisan like Newt Gingrich? Absolutely. . .
Read the rest at: TheNation.com