The Note: Pending: Six Days of November Surprises

In her much-anticipated "60 Minutes" profile, Lesley Stahl asked the San Francisco Democrat how she would work with President Bush as Speaker, "we're professionals…this isn't personal."

In response to the Bush Administration's attacks on her ability to lead, Pelosi said, "As a mother and as a grandmother, 14 years on the intelligence committee, don't tell me I have I any underestimation of what the threat is to our country. So if you want to justify your failed policy by saying we don't understand the threat, clearly you didn't understand the situation you got us into."

Pelosi does, however, pledge that "impeachment is off the table . . . it is a waste of time, wouldn't they just love it if we came in and our record as Democrats coming forth in the next 12 years is to talk about George Bush and Dick Cheney." Instead, she believes that this election "is a referendum on them" and "making them lame ducks is good enough for me"

Newsweek's Isikoff and Bailey look ahead to what a potentially Democratic run House would look like. The duo also Notes how Nancy Pelosi has been preparing for power. LINK

". . . Over the summer, when polls started tilting toward the Democrats, Pelosi made her first moves to get the control of the chairmen-in-waiting. She assigned 40 members the job of studying the Democratic House rules and let it be known that she might not always follow the tradition of awarding chairmanships based on seniority. It was a clear warning not to cross her. In July, when she noticed few members were bothering to show up for party caucus meetings, Pelosi quietly leaked another possible rule change: attendance at the meetings would be taken into account in her committee selections. The same went for fund-raising. Members who weren't writing checks to support Democratic candidates might hurt their chances of rising in the leadership."

"Once she'd gotten their attention, Pelosi met privately with several senior House members and told them they would get their committees. But she wanted it understood that she was running the place. Pelosi was especially firm with Conyers. She told him she didn't want any 'out-of-control investigations,' a senior House aide says; not another word about impeachment, she warned. 'The impeachment talk gave the other side exactly what they wanted, which was an opening to talk about 'those liberal Democrats',' says the senior House aide. 'It couldn't keep happening. We were writing their campaign ads for them.'"

Lois Romano profiles "would be Speaker" Pelosi in Saturday's Washington Post and her hopes for the future of the party, "I expect a certain level of discipline when we have agreed on where we're going," she said, Congressmen "mistake sometimes my courtesy for a lack of strength, and they ought not to do that." LINK

"If Democrats win control in November, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has decided to award committee chairmanships based almost entirely on seniority, ensuring that the House would feature far more minority faces and some liberal firebrands," writes Jonathan Weisman in Saturday's Washington Post. LINK

Faye Fiore discusses Pelosi's day-to-day life in Saturday's Los Angeles Times. In defense of recent Republican ads painting her as "a caricature of liberal excess," Pelosi responds, "Look, if I weren't effective, I don't think they would try to take me down. You're in the arena, you're in the ring. That's what happens." LINK

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