House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has told members of the House Democratic Caucus that she's willing to remain their leader in the next Congress. That may sound like bad news for people hoping for more comity between Democrats and Republicans, but consider how both sides are taking the news.
Progressives were elated, having campaigned for Pelosi's retention…
MoveOn.org, liberal members of Congress and progressive activists in Washington are working to whip together an effort to convince Pelosi that her work in Congress is far from done. If Pelosi steps down, her position will go to Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), a moderate Democrat with ties to business…Pelosi's base of grassroots progressives and what she calls "idealistic money" — wealthy liberals who give to the party, rather than to boost business interests — allowed her to be the most liberal House speaker in congressional history.
But that's nothing compared to the glee and concern-trolling of conservative activists…
Pelosi staying. Finally some good news for conservatives.
— Ramesh Ponnuru (@RameshPonnuru) November 14, 2012
And Republican members of Congress…
Also at the meeting, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced Nancy Pelosi's decision to remain as Democratic minority leader. The Republicans cheered.
After so many years of partisan bickering, there's finally some consensus. The most effective House Democratic leader since Sam Rayburn is beloved by one and all!
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