Less than a month has passed since the Midterm Elections that swept the Democrats back into power for the 110th Congress, and already much of the leadership due to take the helm in January is shifting to a conciliatory tone in talking about policies that they railed against right up until election night:

[T]he incoming chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee said his committee would not take on contentious issues, such as extending expiring tax cuts or overhauling Social Security, at the beginning of the year. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Democrats do not want a fight with President Bush and want to prove they can govern.

“The first thing we’re going to do is try to work together on things we know we can accomplish,” Rangel said. “Rather than have the committee against the president, it’s not going to happen,” Rangel said.

One legislator who has not sweetened his tone is Michigan’s own John Dingell, who — as I suggested earlier this month — is poised to shake things up on Capitol Hill. Specifically, the octogenarian firebrand is “promising an array of oversight investigations that could provoke sharp disagreement with Republicans and the White House.”

Specifically, he is pushing for investigations into at least three extremely touchy areas:

  1. The current Medicare drug plan
  2. Government spending on reconstruction contracts in Iraq (especially those with Halliburton, a company once headed by Vice President Dick Cheney)
  3. The contentious 2001 Energy Task Force overseen by Cheney, which Dingell characterized as:

“Carefully cooked to provide only participation by oil companies and energy companies, as opposed to the general public at large, and which information was not made available to the people.”

Dingell previously used his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee to pass legislation such as the 1990 overhaul of the Clean Air Act, and is renowned for his keen political maneuvering. If the November Coup was a sign that the People are looking for change, then I doubt they’ll be disappointed with Dingell.

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