'Pelosi Sets Boundaries With Emanuel,' by John Bresnahan: 'In a recent conversation with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel offered some advice on a Democratic House leadership race. Pelosi's response, according to several Democratic sources: It is 'an internal House Democratic Caucus matter, and we'll handle it.' Democratic insiders say there's no animosity between Pelosi and Emanuel, who's leaving his post as chairman of the House Democratic Caucus to become the next White House chief of staff. But the speaker is laying down the law nonetheless. In talks with Emanuel and others, sources say, Pelosi has 'set parameters' for what she wants from Barack Obama and his White House staff - no surprises, and no backdoor efforts to go around her and other Democratic leaders by cutting deals with moderate New Democrats or conservative Blue Dogs. Specifically, Pelosi has told Emanuel that she wants to know when representatives of the incoming administration have any contact with her rank-and-file Democrats - and why, sources say.......
'During the Bush years, the White House set policy, and Republicans on Capitol Hill were expected to follow it. ... Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are signaling that they won't tolerate a repeat with a Democrat in the White House and Democratic majorities in the House and the Senate. ... Pelosi sometimes resisted Emanuel's desire to always be on the attack, but she did respect his insight and his willingness to work hard to achieve legislative and political goals. ... 'Look, they have different goals now,' said an aide to one top Democrat. 'Her job is to protect her members; his job is protect Obama.'
Interparty turmoil, killed the the Republican Party, and I think the ego's here will ultimately do the same to the Liberals now in charge...just saying