by Kagro X
That was then:
Pelosi was asked what was most important about regaining majority status. "Subpoena power," she said.
This is now:
House Democratic leaders have decided to postpone a vote on a criminal contempt resolution against White House chief of staff Joshua Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers for several weeks, and possibly longer, according to top lawmakers and aides.
Pelosi decided to delay a vote until at least late September, and possibly into October. Democrats said they are not yet ready for such a vote because they have not briefed lawmakers on what it would mean and how the controversy would play out, both legally and politically.
“I don’t think anything is going to happen on that for a while,” said House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.). “When you decide to do that, you have to make your best case. You want everyone to understand what’s happening and why.”
Emanuel said Pelosi and other top Democrats have not begun those consultations yet — and he was unsure when they would.
Quick briefing for you, then: What it would mean is, if you don't act, the Congress isn't a coequal branch anymore. In fact, you won't have that one thing you said was "most important" about regaining the majority.
Do you like being a coequal branch? Then vote to be one. If you hate having power and getting things done, sit on your hands for a little longer.
Ready to vote? Good. I thought so. Briefing over.