Hoyer in as House Majority Leader over Murtha
The Trib puts it:
There's excitement on Capitol Hill. It's just been announced that Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) won the House Majority Leader's post and it wasn't even close. He had 149 votes while Rep. Jack Murtha (D-Pa.) had less than 90.Man, is it ever the "storyline".
This is a big loss for Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.,) the House Speaker designate, who had publicly supported Murtha in recent days. It means her power has been questioned and resisted in her first major test. So she will begin her speakership in a weaker position than she would have otherwise. That will be the story line today across the media.
I don't think this is nearly as momentous a defeat for Pelosi as the media pack mentality is making it out to be.
The other backstory is that this is somehow an indication on how Dems will position themselves on Iraq, being that Murtha's well-known view that troops should be withdrawn gradually to positions "over the horizon" differs from Hoyer's, who is regarded as having a more "stay the course" view.
I certainly hope that Hoyer's win doesn't entrap the Dems in continueing the do-nothing Iraq policy the voter's rejected and which is continuing to produce a steady stream of body bags at Dover Air Force Base.
Interesting in this as well is that Murtha flat out stated that he had the votes to win to Chris Matthews last night, saying so in no uncertain terms.
These elections are done by secret ballot, and somehow a ton of votes evaporated overnight for Murtha.