This article starts out with an interesting subject but soon changes to how much Pelosi talks on the House floor. She can talk as much as she wants. It isn't how much or how little someone talks, it's what the person is saying and doing. Oh sure, someone can hog the time, but that's not exactly the point of the article. The point of the article is to nitpick about nothing.
The real issue is that Pelosi blocks impeachment hearings against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, continues the funding of the illegal Iraq occupation, and generally avoids all the huge crimes of the Bush/Cheney cabal. She knew about the torture and remained silent, and she's a secular Zionist (for radical Jewish Nationalism).
By: John Bresnahan
June 3, 2008 05:50 AM EST
Nancy Pelosi has delivered 68 floor speeches in the 16 months since she became speaker of the House — nearly as many as her predecessor, Dennis Hastert, delivered in his entire eight-year reign.
Pelosi says she feels a "natural gravitation to the floor," but there's more to it than that: The speaker's propensity to speak reflects her determination to lead from the front, not the rear, of her caucus.
Since taking the gavel in January 2007, Pelosi has consolidated power in the speaker's office.
She has overruled influential chairmen such as Reps. John Dingell (D-Mich.) and Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.) on key issues such as global warming and children's health insurance, bringing legislation directly to the floor without committee approval.
That example was clearly unsuitable for Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), who have adopted a model in which the party's leaders are also its primary spokespeople.
As speaker and majority leader, Pelosi and Hoyer are exempt from the strict speaking time limits imposed on rank-and-file members. While Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) is accorded the same privilege under House rules, Republicans complain that Pelosi and Hoyer are abusing their status as party leaders in order to dominate floor debates.