Silvestre Reyes

NYT: “Representative Nancy Pelosi, the incoming House speaker, sent a strong new signal on Friday that Democrats intend to confront the White House by naming a Texas congressman who opposed the war in Iraq as the next chairman of the House intelligence committee.”

And good for her. The highest profile national security jobs need to go to people who’ll put their positions to good use. That doesn’t necessarily mean people who voted against the war resolution back four years ago — plenty of members have shifted their views — but it does need to be done. As the centrists say, Democrats need to take national security seriously. That means putting actually serious people in place rather than mindless slaves to the conventional wisdom du jour.