So the Democrats have retaken the majority, and there are two great challenges they face when the national spotlight turns to them for the first time in a decade:
- Don't look too extreme; and,
- Keep all wings of the party happy.
So what does Nancy Pelosi do? Blow both at the same time.
So Pelosi backs Murtha over Hoyer. Let's take a look at the balance sheet. Hoyer has good relations with corporate donors and can raise money. He has legitimacy with the 'Blue Dogs' and the 'New Dems.' He has been a good soldier for Pelosi, and has made it clear in many venues that he has no intention of challenging her for leadership.
Yeah, this is is a great idea.
Hope the Democrats enjoy the two years in the majority. Doesn't look like it will last any longer.
Update: Edited to revise my characterization of Mr. Murtha.