Following Barack Obama's
- and the Democrats' - huge win on Tuesday, Representative Henry Waxman
(D-CA) released a statement (PDF
) saying he was seeking the chairmanship of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. That position is currently held by the Detroit automakers' great friend John Dingell
(D-MI). While Dingell carries water for the Big 2.2 with some regularity, Waxman has not been shy in the past to criticize parts of the federal government
when they seemed to be working for the automakers instead of citizens and spoke out against the Bush Administration
's attempts to keep global warming information from getting out. In short, these men are both Democrats but are not at all on the same page when it comes to car-related legislation issues.
So, the fight for the chairmanship will be an interesting to see play out. Daily Kos
has an excellent primer on the coming battle. If you're political junkie looking for a post-election news fix, it's gonna really hit the spot.