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Pelosi Officially Running for Minority Leader

She broke the news on Twitter:

Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader.

Not everyone in the caucus will support her, obviously. We already have Heath Shuler thinking he can win a Minority Leader race, Jim Matheson has called on her to step down from leadership, and Oklahoma’s Dan Boren followed suit today. But this represents an extreme minority of the 187 member-plus Democratic caucus. I’d be shocked if she didn’t have the numbers well in hand to lead the caucus again.

Given the alternatives, in my view it’s good news. We’ll see what Steny Hoyer has to say about this.

UPDATE: Keep in mind that for the most part, Pelosi never brought anything up for a vote in the House unless she knew she would succeed. I assume we have the same dynamic here.

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Pelosi Officially Running for Minority Leader

She broke the news on Twitter:

Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader.

Not everyone in the caucus will support her, obviously. We already have Heath Shuler thinking he can win a Minority Leader race, Jim Matheson has called on her to step down from leadership, and Oklahoma’s Dan Boren followed suit today. But this represents an extreme minority of the 187 member-plus Democratic caucus. I’d be shocked if she didn’t have the numbers well in hand to lead the caucus again.

Given the alternatives, in my view it’s good news. We’ll see what Steny Hoyer has to say about this.

UPDATE: Keep in mind that for the most part, Pelosi never brought anything up for a vote in the House unless she knew she would succeed. I assume we have the same dynamic here.

UPDATE II: Pelosi has released a letter to colleagues outlining her decision. On the flip. (more…)

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