Why Republicans Fear Henry Waxman
When you hear Republican hill staffers talk about their deepest fears, there's an interesting tendency to give those fears a name and a face. That name? Henry Waxman.
Waxman, of course, is the Democratic chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. His committee has jurisdiction over climate change legislation, health reform and much else. He's also something of a legendary lawmaker and negotiator. He famously managed to double the size of Medicaid facing a Republican Senate and a Reagan White House. Giving that skilled of a legislator that large of a docket terrifies some Republicans. They worry that not only will their representatives get rolled, but so too will the moderate Senate Democrats who will be hammering out the details with Waxman. Over at Washington Monthly, Charlie Homans explains why they're thinking these unhappy thoughts.
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