Using body language suggestive of Gloria Steinem squaring off with Larry Flynt, presumed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took her first post-election meeting with President Bush.

According to Pelosi, they dined on a pasta dish — a nod to the congresswoman’s Italian heritage — before opening themselves up to the cameras and engaging in what may have been the least comfortable handshake in modern American political history.

Nancy, now that you’re in the driver’s seat and President Bush has to play nice with you, we know it’s going to be tempting to fall under the spell of the commander in chief. Don’t.

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