Democratic Leaders at Each Others' Throats

Reid and Pelosi furious with each other, and President
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2010 9:46 AM CST
President Barack Obama, flanked by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, meets with Congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Dec. 9, 2009.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The daggers are coming out among Democrats, with relations between the House, Senate, and White House strained to the breaking point. Nancy Pelosi and her allies are furious that President Obama forced them to take tough votes on cap and trade and health care while allowing the Senate to dither, and blame him for not spending enough political capital on the latter, Politico reports. Harry Reid, meanwhile, is increasingly frustrated with Rahm Emanuel.

The House and Senate are at the brink of open war with each other, too. Yesterday Jim Clyburn derisively called the Senate the “House of Lords,” implying that it was out of touch, while Steny Hoyer called its legislative process “broken.” Reid shot back, “I could give you a few comments on how I feel about the House.”

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