Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has already announced his picks for the deficit reduction super committee, but now the blogosphere is ripe with suggestions for who should be named by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
New Jersey GOP consultant Anthony Del Pellegrinois blogged that the Republican picks by McConnell and Boehner should be split between those who opposed the debt ceiling increase and those who voted for it.
“That would be balance,” he wrote. “That would assure proper representation of the majority of people in America who believe that we need to cut more than tax and that we need to significantly reform Social Security and Medicare.”
McConnell’s spokesman told POLITICO last week that there will be no litmus test to serve on the committee, and that senators who voted against it will be eligible.
From the left, attorney Victoria Pynchon proposed on the Negotiation Law Blog that at least half the super committee’s 12 members be women – an unlikely outcome given congressional math.
Her bullet-point list of reasons includes: “1. it only takes three women on any Board of Directors to significantly and immediately favorably impact the bottom line (no, we’re not better, we just destroy group-think, 2. it’s God’s plan – one man, one woman, right anti-gay activists?, 3. more women, fewer testosterone-fueled ultimatums (I didn’t say none, I just said fewer)”
Boehner (R-Ohio), McConnell (R-Ky.) and Pelosi (D-Calif.) have until Tuesday to announce their selections.
Reid’s selections – Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) – drew shrugs from the liberal blogosphere standard-bearers at Daily Kos.
“It could be worse,” blogged Joan McCarter. “It’s not optimal from a ‘fighting Dem’ standpoint, but it’s not as bad as it could have been.”
Her Daily Kos colleague miller415 hoped for Pelosi to select more doctrinaire liberals – proposing Reps. Donna Edwards (D-Md.), Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) – even while acknowledging they are unlikely choices.
“Nancy Pelosi is a stronger leader and I feel that she may make better choices, but she is still a high ranking politician and one does not rise to that level of power in a conservative elected body by being too radical,” miller415 wrote.
And Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, on Twitter, said that Reid’s picks represent the spectrum of Democratic thought and dared Republican leaders to do the same.
“Here’s my two cents on the so called super cmte. Sen Reid picked a moderate, a liberal and a conservative Democrat. Can the GOP do the same?” she wrote.
At Hotair, Allahpundit suggested McConnell may do exactly that – by appointing senators from both the establishment conservative and tea party wings of the party.
“McConnell will stay away from DeMint and Rand Paul after last year’s ‘unpleasantness’ in the Kentucky Senate primary, but if he wants to build some grudging grassroots support for the Committee, he could appoint Rubio or, if he’s really daring, Mike Lee,” Allahpundit blogged.
“All of these people will almost certainly vote no on a final deal, of course, but politics is politics and constituencies have to be satisfied. In fact, I wonder if McConnell will balance out the tea-party member on the Committee with a retiree like Jon Kyl, who’ll be free to provide the crucial seventh vote in order to send the final package to Congress if need be.”
But other bloggers on the right offered no such conciliatory gestures.
Writing at Michelle Malkin’s blog, Doug Powers pleaded for McConnell to avoid moderate deal-cutters.
“Who will Mitch McConnell’s three Republican Senate picks be? If one of them is Scott Brown, I’m folding up the big tent and heading home already,” Powers wrote.
And David Limbaugh, the radio host’s brother, wrote on newsbusters.org that the path to super committee success lies in GOP leaders appointing only rock-ribbed conservatives.
“We also will have lost if the committee is stacked with liberals and moderates who recommend such things as major defense cuts or if those defense cuts are triggered upon a committee deadlock,” he wrote. “And if they were to propose tax hikes and the GOP House properly rejected them, it might hurt Republicans politically — having thus defied a bipartisan group.”
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