Whipping Up A Fight

HOUSE WHIPS PELOSI AND DELAY, BATTLING EACH OTHER FOR CONTROL OF CONGRESS, TURN OUT TO BE TWO OF A KIND

When the Republican congressmen meeting in a basement conference room at the Capitol last October got word that Democrats had just elected Nancy Pelosi as minority whip, they broke into applause. They weren't cheering because the California Representative had made history by becoming the first woman to win a top leadership post in the House. Many of the Republicans, including Speaker Dennis Hastert, considered the San Francisco Congresswoman a lightweight whose liberal voting record would help them paint the Democrats as out of synch with moderate voters.

One key Republican who did not join in the cheers that morning was Tom...

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