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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bay Area Lawmakers Among Obama's Worst Frenemies

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 8:20 AM

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Bay Area residents rejoicing over the historic inauguration of Barack Obama might want to take heed of an assessment of their elected representatives featured yesterday on Politico, the political news Web site.

Writer Glenn Thrush posted a top-ten list of Democrats who pose a threat to Obama's agenda. As it turns out, this elite group is stacked with legislators from the Golden State. Three Californians are on Obama's potential "White House Frenemies List," including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (No. 2), Rep. Henry A. Waxman (No. 4) of Los Angeles, and the East Bay's Rep. Barbara Lee (No. 8). (Pictured are Feinstein, right, and Lee.) No other state offered more than one.

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Whatever you make of Politico's assessment, there's no denying that California pols have been quite visible in the first days of the Obama presidency. One of the principal dramas of the transition period was Feinstein's tantrum over Obama's selection of former Monterey Congressman Leon Panetta as CIA director.

On Tuesday, more West Coast pageantry was offered up on the national stage: Among the prominent attendees at the inauguration in Washington, D.C., were state Attorney General Jerry Brown and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Needless to say, Bill O'Reilly was thrilled.   

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