"By the '70s and into the '80s and '90s, the Democratic Party solidified its gains in the African American community, and we Republicans did not effectively reach out," Mehlman says in his prepared text. "Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong."
-- RNC Chief to Say It Was 'Wrong' to Exploit Racial Conflict for Votes
, Washington Post
, July 14 2005
MR. RUSSERT: Headlines in the Capitol Hill paper: “Dems prepare for transition.” Today’s Washington Post: “Confident Dems lay out agenda.” You’re measuring the draperies in the speaker’s office.
REP. PELOSI: No we’re not. No we’re not. The American people would like to know what we would do if we take over.
MR. RUSSERT: Ah, absolutely. If they...
REP. PELOSI: And that’s what...
MR. RUSSERT: ...and let me ask you about that, because you told The Washington Post that there will be investigations if the Democrats regain control of the House. The chairman of the Judiciary Committee would be someone named John Conyers. I went up to his Web site and this is what’s on his Web site: “Stand with Congressman Conyers. Demand an investigation of administration abuses of power and make recommendations regarding grounds for possible impeachment.”
REP. PELOSI: Democrats are not about impeachment. Democrats are about bringing the country together. This is what we have to do.
MR. RUSSERT: But that’s the man who would be chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
Tim Russert on Meet the Press
, May 7 2006
COOPER: It's interesting, though, because Democrats seem to be trying to fire up their base. And I'm wondering if it is going to backfire.
You have Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi telling "The Washington Post" that, if Democrats regain the House, they would launch investigations into energy prices and the war.
When people start hearing about investigating the president, I mean, does that just fire up the Democrats, or does that play into the Republicans' hands?
GERGEN: Terrific question.
I -- it -- it -- when I read that story over the weekend, I thought, you know, this is going to wave a red flag in front of the Republican bulls. They're going to look at this and say, we're not going to spend the next two years with investigations, led by Ron Dellums and others and people who want to impeach the president. We're just not going to get into that.
-- David Gergen on Anderson Cooper 360
, May 8 2006
is currently the ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee. Ron Dellums
retired from Congress, after 28 years of service, in 1999.