(POLITICO) When Nancy Pelosi delivered Barack Obama big victories in the House during his first term — from the passage of a sweeping health care law to a controversial cap-and-trade bill, she relied on a band of her top lieutenants to ensure the caucus held together on the tough votes.
But now, as she tries to rally House Democrats to authorize Obama to strike Syria, her closest allies aren’t squarely in her corner — never mind out shoring up votes.
Liberal enforcers like Reps. Rosa DeLauro, George Miller, Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo aren’t on board, at least not yet. And it won’t be easy to convince them, since all four are doves who voted against the Iraq War authorization in 2002.
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