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Pelosi Heads for the Mountains

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is taking her newfound political star power on the road for the first time since becoming the highest ranking female leader in Congressional history, signaling her party's intention to continue to fight for electoral power in the Mountain West.

Pelosi's first major fund-raising event as speaker will be March 3, headlining the Colorado Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner.

"We are pleased to host Speaker Pelosi," said Colorado Democratic Chair, Pat Waak. "Her extraordinary leadership is evident in the passage of major legislation during the first 100 hours of the Congress to restore honesty and openness in government, re-establish fiscal responsibility, strengthen our national security, and give more Americans a realistic shot at the American Dream."

Pelosi has been largely focused on the legislative give-and-take in the first weeks of the 110th Congress, so her speech in Colorado will mark her first big appearance outside the Beltway and will serve as a measuring stick of her popularity among the party faithful.

And, by choosing the Rocky Mountain State, Pelosi is reinforcing a message that Democrats are sending to Colorado and the entire region that they want to keep playing ball politically in a region that has been more friendly toward them in the last two election cycles. In Colorado alone, Democrats picked up the governor's mansion, a Senate seat and two House seats in 2004 and 2006.

Democrats want to see this trend continue and are now eyeing specific races. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) is retiring in 2008, and Rep. Mark Udall (D) has already thrown his hat into the ring to succeed him.

Continuing the party's focus on Colorado, the Democratic National Committee is hosting its quadrennial presidential nominating convention in Denver in August 2008.

By Paul Kane  |  February 9, 2007; 3:53 PM ET
 
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Her ,"I need a bigger plane deal"is a typical catholic ascended to some perceived power. Don't do as I do, do as I say.

Posted by: virgin12 | February 9, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

She didn't ask for a bigger plane, just one that had longer range than the one Hastert had. His home district was less than 1000 miles from DC, heris 3000.
Remember the reason she gets a plane at all. As the 2nd person in succession to the Presidency, her security is important and having access to the hi-tech communications needed is imperative.
This is such a cheesy talking point.

Posted by: capemh | February 9, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Virgin12, your comments would be much more salient if they were in context. Apparently, Ms. Pelosi was not involved in any negotiating. The sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives has said that he was involved, and that the practice was initiated during Denny Hastert's reign as House speaker. Even the White House calls it much to do about nothing. Apparently Republicans are seizing this as another attempt to land a potshot. "The bigger plane will do much damage to earthwarming efforts, from Republican representative from Illinois. Give me a break!

Posted by: ricroc | February 9, 2007 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Virgin12, your comments would be much more salient if they were in context. Apparently, Ms. Pelosi was not involved in any negotiating. The sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives has said that he was involved, and that the practice was initiated during Denny Hastert's reign as House speaker. Even the White House calls it much to do about nothing. Apparently Republicans are seizing this as another attempt to land a potshot. "The bigger plane will do much damage to earthwarming efforts, from Republican representative from Illinois. Give me a break!

Posted by: ricroc | February 9, 2007 5:00 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure where to ask this question:
Is Wesley Clark a candidate for President?
I note this site doesn't list him as such, but I gather he was treated as one of the 10 candidates at the Democratic gathering last weekend.
What am I missing?

Posted by: Mouse | February 9, 2007 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Expect more ridiculously hypocritical hyperventilating from the right: "Pelosi to Leave Washington for 2 Minutes!" "Yet Another Gross Waste of Taxpayer Dollars from Speaker Pelosi!" "Pelosi Flits While Our Troops Burn in Iraq!" "After Mortally Wounding Our Way of Life, Pelosi Goes Skiing!" etc, etc.

And the media (this means you, WaPo) will suck it up and publish it. I'm beginning to believe that the media is a brainless extension of the R right wing.

Meanwhile George "Brush Clearer in Chief" Bush will kick back on his ranch for the 3,654th time in his Presidency. And what size plane will he use to get there? Will we read about that comparison in the WaPo? Nope.

Posted by: Judge C. Crater | February 9, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

capemh,

3000 miles? - then I keep getting screwed on my frequent flier miles. I only get like 2500 to the west coast.

But Tony Snow had it right, it is a silly issue.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 9, 2007 8:46 PM | Report abuse

It should be obvious by now,even to the
apparently totally braindead and completely
gutless,yellow coward Democrats that their
phony,big shot new hero,Absentee Speaker of
The House and Head Of Air Pelosi Looney
Toons Nancy Pelosi is badly damaged goods
already and that Pelosi will only drag the
Democratic Party down to a huge defeat in
2008 and cost the Democrats control of
Congress and all hope to retake the White
House! The only way the Democrats can stop
that happening right now,is to FIRE Speaker
Nancy Pelosi and Force Her And Court Of
Fools,Losers,And Ethically Challenged Losers, Including Steny Hoyer,Jack Murtha,
and Senate Democrat Wimp Harry Reid to
resign with her,for the good of trhe Democratic Party and more Importantly The
Good Of The Country,Forthwith!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | February 10, 2007 2:24 AM | Report abuse

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