Palin and Pelosi: Worlds Apart in House-Cleaning Methodology

Has it entirely escaped the notice of our watchdog press that if Sarah Palin wins the vice presidency, she will also, in one graceful swoop, assume what is now Ms. Pelosi's mantle as the most powerful woman in American government?

This may have gone unnoticed by every liberal newswoman and pundit in the country, but it is the truly scrumptious morsel that has had my own heart pumping at fever pace since the day John McCain made the pick of the century -- Sarah Palin.

Sarah Barracuda vs. Imperious Nancy.

Now that's a match-up made in heaven.

Moose burgers vs. organic tofu.

Hockey mom vs. limousine liberal.

Wal-Mart vs. Armani.

Drill-here-drill-now vs. let-them-eat-cake at the pump.

Palin's government floor you could eat off vs. corruption and vice in every nook and cranny of Nancy's House.

Oh, could this possibly be more delicious?

The most interesting polarity between Nancy Pelosi and Sarah Palin has to do with their house-cleaning methodology. Nancy Pelosi's rallying cry in the 2006 midterm elections was against what she referred to as the "Republican Congress of corruption," and she famously declared that it was going to take a woman to "clean house." Sarah Palin ran for the governorship of Alaska the same year on the same rallying cry against the slimy corruption in her own party, and a promise to take the government from the political fat cats and return it to the service of the people.

In 2006, Nancy Pelosi became the first woman speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and the most powerful woman in American government. In that same year, Sarah Palin became the first woman governor of Alaska and its youngest ever.

Pelosi and Palin have both had the same 20 months on the people's payroll in new positions of responsibility. Both promised to clean house.

But the differences between the actual fruits of their respective labors could not be more disparate.

Let's have a little peek, shall we?

Within one week of election and the turnover of Congressional majority to Nancy Pelosi's Democrats, she seemed to go back on her "clean-house" word by picking a fight over who would be her second in command. House Democrats wanted Steny Hoyer, who had a clean record; Nancy wanted John Murtha. This first indication of how she would use her new power caused even Time magazine to pose the question: "Did her support for a man who is notorious for slipping special-interest earmarks into spending bills prove that she didn't really mean all that talk about cleaning up Congress? In other words, was Nancy Pelosi really up to the job?" Madame Pelosi lost that fight, but it was truly a harbinger of her house-cleaning priorities and the value of her word to the American people.