Barton bows out of the Minority Leader race and throws his support to Boehner. From what I'm hearing, it's not likely to be very close.
Meanwhile, Murtha says he has the votes to win. I don't know whether that's false bravado or, or the result of Ms. Pelosi's arm-twisting. I think Charlie Gonzalez sums up the sentiments of many:
“We’re trying to say it’s a new day, and unfortunately, we’ve started a new day with unnecessary controversy,” said Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-Texas), a Hoyer ally. “Members see this as something unnecessary, something counterproductive, something that is sucking up all the oxygen in the room when we really need to work on improving the functioning of the House.”
Looks like the era of good feelings is over.
By the way, Bob Novak also characterizes Pelosi's move as a mistake, which put the Democrats in a no-win situation.
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