First, she looked towards Alcee Hastings who was impeached as a judge. But when that fell through due to much opposition from her own party, she bypassed Ms. Harman again, this time for Silvestre Reyes of Texas. Well now it seems she has picked another dud, because the Honorable Mr. Reyes has flunked a simple test.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Rep. Silvestre Reyes of Texas, who incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has tapped to head the Intelligence Committee when the Democrats take over in January, failed a quiz of basic questions about al Qaeda and Hezbollah, two of the key terrorist organizations the intelligence community has focused on since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
When asked by CQ National Security Editor Jeff Stein whether al Qaeda is one or the other of the two major branches of Islam -- Sunni or Shiite -- Reyes answered "they are probably both," then ventured "Predominantly -- probably Shiite."
That is wrong. Al Qaeda was founded by Osama bin Laden as a Sunni organization and views Shiites as heretics.
Putting someone that does not have the most basic knowledge of al Qaeda, in an advanced position, in an area as important as intelligence, is ridiculously foolish. Not only are we about to see the Culture Of Corruption II (The sequel), we about to see the Culture Of Incompetence II, as well.
And speaking of corruption, now we see the voters of the 2nd district of Louisiana have voted to re-elect William Jefferson, the man we all saw take the money on national TV.
U.S. Rep. William Jefferson easily defeated his fellow Democratic opponent in Saturday's runoff, despite an ongoing federal bribery investigation.
With 44 percent of the precincts reporting, Jefferson, Louisiana's first black congressman since Reconstruction, led with 61 percent of the vote over state Rep. Karen Carter, who had 39 percent.
And some of you wonder why I am so cynical?
We'll see how Nancy handles, this mess. It's hard to sell yourself as the new sheriff in town, when you have to deal with a clown like this.