PELOSI AND PORK….Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi has publicly committed to giving up some pork in her district and redirecting the money to Hurricane Katrina. Good for her.

On a cynical note, this is very smart politics, and other Democratic leaders should follow her example. Not only does it make Democrats look responsible while painting Republicans like Don Young and Tom Delay as craven looters of the public trust, but let’s face it: none of these cuts are very likely to happen ? and even if they did pass, everyone knows the whole thing would die in the Senate. Getting on the anti-pork bandwagon is sort of a freebie that makes you look good with only a small risk of actually having to follow through. I’m surprised more Democrats haven’t figured that out.

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