Keep your eye on this:
The House Republican Steering Committee is set today to select a new Homeland Security Committee chairman. The choice must be Rep. Pete King of Long Island, who is as knowledgeable as they come about terror threats and the need for emergency preparedness. The panel must reject King’s leading rival, Don Young of Alaska. Young is a master at doling out patronage. Giving him oversight of a department that makes life-and-death decisions was never a good idea, but it would be an act of reckless arrogance now that Katrina has exposed the political rot at the top of FEMA.
As chair of the House Transportation Committee, Young greased lots of wheels with the $286.4 billion highway bill, and he had the gall to name the measure SAFETEA-LU, after his wife, Lu. He delivered close to a half-billion dollars to his home state for two bridges to nowhere, one of which will carry Don Young’s name. His appetite for pork is so notorious that Taxpayers for Common Sense has for the first time ever taken a stand on a chairmanship: anyone but Young.
If they vote for Don Young, my head may explode.