Status Quo redux

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.

35 Comments on “Status Quo redux”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I’d rather have Barney Frank as minority leader or whip.

  2. TheRock says:

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and over again, but expecting different results each time. The demise of the Democratic party is moving forward full steam ahead.


    Hillary 2012

  3. bostonboomer says:

    Have you seen this? Eric Cantor directly negotiating with a foreign power? That’s a big no no. But will Obama do anything?

    We’re talking about a powerful member of Congress engaged in foreign policy, vowing to a foreign government to oppose the administration’s policies regarding that government. Ron Kampeas from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency news agency said he can’t remember any U.S. official ever doing this. “[T]o have-a-face to face and say, in general, we will take your side against the White House — that sounds to me extraordinary,” Kampeas said this week.

    It is that and more. Cantor not only met in private with a foreign leader to undercut the foreign policy of the elected American president, he proceeded to brag about it.

    Also keep in mind, a few years ago, Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to Syria and met with Bashar al-Assad. At the time, none other than Eric Cantor personally accused Pelosi of possibly violating the Logan Act, “which makes it a felony for any American ‘without authority of the United States’ to communicate with a foreign government to influence that government’s behavior on any disputes with the United States.”

    As Adam Serwer noted yesterday, “Based on Cantor’s own standard, he’s just committed a felony.”

  4. boogieman7167 says:

    nice littel blog you got going here DK i like the upgrade

    • dakinikat says:

      Thanks Boogie … thought I’d relieve it of that file cabinet look that was in like two years ago. It’s an our blog now … it’s moved from my file cabinet to an “our” blog now. It’s totally a team effort here.

  5. dakinikat says:

    Some one want to explain this one to me?

    Catholic bishops say more exorcists are needed

    Citing a shortage of priests who can perform the rite, the nation’s Roman Catholic bishops are holding a conference on how to conduct exorcisms.

    The two-day training, which ends today in Baltimore, is to outline the scriptural basis of evil, instruct clergy on evaluating whether a person is truly possessed, and review the prayers and rituals that comprise an exorcism. Among the speakers will be Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, Texas, and a priest-assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

    “Learning the liturgical rite is not difficult,” DiNardo said before the conference, which is open to clergy only. “The problem is the discernment that the exorcist needs before he would ever attempt the rite.”

    More than 50 bishops and 60 priests signed up to attend, according to Catholic News Service, which first reported the event. The conference was scheduled for just ahead of the fall meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which starts Monday in Baltimore.

  6. bostonboomer says:

    Expert: The past ten days have been the worst of Obama’s political life.

    After watching his party take a beating in the midterm elections, Obama wasn’t able to secure even a symbolic victory on a trip that was expected to give him plenty of opportunities to claim a win.

    “This certainly was the worst 10 days of his political life,” said Baruch College political scientist Doug Muzzio. “Given that he’s not going to be able to get any domestic achievements with the Republicans in control of the House … if he doesn’t do it in foreign policy that’s a big problem for him.

    “He came back with bupkis.”

    • dakinikat says:

      We should take a look at some of the foreign press and see how they are spinning it.

    • Pips says:

      Just read a piece in NYT about his trip – actually no, didn’t read, just skimmed. And no, I won’t link! Too nauseating – which ended with reporting on a meeting between Australia’s Julia Gillard and Obama:

      As aides to the leaders ushered the reporters out, a voice piped up from the back, “Thank you, Mr. President!” Mr. Obama seemed puzzled; someone told him it was an Australian. “I knew it must have been an Australian,” Mr. Obama replied, “because my folks never say thank you.”

      [Must he really!? Why is loyalty such a difficult concept to this man? And … “my folks” ?]

      With that, the American press corps broke out in a unified show of exaggerated good manners: “Thaaaannk you, Mr. President.”

  7. Boo Radly says:

    Ah, it is the middle of the night, the furnace has gone out – I watch this vid and Hillary is so amazing. What a joy she is – there’s no gears – it’s effortless for her(dolce far nieute – degage).

    And then there is BO – vox et praeterea nihil – a voice and nothing more; sound but no sense. Sigh. A decade’s worth of freaks really makes a true human being pop out. Our media went so overboard on the O’s; it was laughable at the time, but now, it’s just so sad to watch them flounder.

  8. Pips says:

    Nancy Pelosi (1940)
    U.S. Representative since June 1987.

    James E. Clyburn (1940)
    U.S. Representative since January 1992.

    Steny H. Hoyer (1939)
    U.S. Representative since May 1981.

    Where are the younger ones? And what happened to “Change”?