Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Pelosi Re-elected as Dem Leader

San Francisco Congresswoman and soon to be former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has again been reelected as the head of the Democratic Party in the House. This despite all of her polarization and poor policy choices that contributed to the Democrats' massive losses two weeks ago.

Pelosi was challenged by Blue Dog Heath Shuler but she beat him with relative ease. The Democratic bloc stayed together for the vote and put her back in charge.

"There was a lot of unrest in the room for several hours," Shuler said following the vote, arguing the strength of his challenge "sends a message" that the party needs to change direction.
Pelosi ultimately had little trouble repelling the challenge from Shuler, one of the relatively-conservative Blue Dog Democrats who saw their numbers decimated in the midterms. The vote was 150 for Pelosi to 43 for Shuler.
Pelosi, of course, said she had the experience to lead the Democrats. A far more reasonable position would be that she had too much baggage to lead the party either in Congress or in the nation-at-large.

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