Status Quo reduxPosted: November 13, 2010
It looks like the House Democrats have decided to stick with their leaders and then just add another. In an interesting move, there’s now going to be a minority WHIP and something else. No one knows what the something else is but we know the something else person is Congressman Clyburn. Each of these three represent some Democratic base. WAPO has some of the details, but not that much. Hoyer is still going to be whipping the blue dog contingent.
Trying to resolve a dispute among her top lieutenants, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Friday night indirectly backed her longtime adversary, Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.), to continue serving as her chief deputy.
Pelosi’s move came in an unusual statement late Friday night that endorsed Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.) for the No. 3 post in the House Democratic leadership. Rather than endorse Clyburn for the current No. 3 position of caucus chairman, she plans to create a new, undefined leadership position for him, a leadership source explained Saturday.
Hoyer, the current majority leader, and Clyburn, the majority whip, are vying to be elected minority whip in the next Congress when House Democrats vote Wednesday. That position will rank second behind Pelosi, who is expected to be minority leader.
Pelosi’s statement amounted to an endorsement of keeping her leadership team intact, rather than trying to purify ranks for the party’s liberals, as some lawmakers and activists have urged.
To me, this is just another Democratic Party attempt to be all things to all parties and further splinter every one into segments. Since Clyburn’s responsibilities haven’t really been announced, what duties will they give him? His title–according to Politico–is Assistant Leader. How does Hoyer feel about what might seem a demotion yet he’s essential got the same title? Or, will his entire job stay the same but he just gets called Number 3 instead of Number 2. Rep. John Larson (Conn.) stays as Democratic Caucus chairman which is now the number four leadership position. Weird. Seems like they’re splitting one baby four ways, but maybe that’s just me. It is certainly seems apt for the completely splintered Democratic Party. I’ll give them that.