Democratic nominee for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) (L) and Democratic House Majority Leader nominee Steny Hoyer (D-Md) (C) raise their arms while Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa) (R) applauds following the House Democratic Caucus Leadership elections on Capitol Hill November 16, 2006.
Updated: Allah has the video of Pelosi, Hoyer and Murtha making nice here.
Murtha compliments Nancy Pelosi’s support for “redepolyment” by noting she “led that flight.” Then he corrects himself to say “fight.”
House Democrats on Thursday chose Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer to be House majority leader over Rep. John Murtha, the choice of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, in line to become speaker.
Hoyer was elected on a vote of 149-86.
The balloting marked a personal triumph for him, but also a snub to Pelosi, moments after the rank and file selected her unanimously to become speaker when the House convenes in January.
“We made history and now we will make progress for the American people,” Pelosi told the party caucus moments after her selection.
She vowed that after 12 years in the minority, “we will not be dazzled by money and special interests.”
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md) walks into the House Democratic Caucus Leadership elections on Capitol Hill, November 15, 2006.
A very weak start for Pelosi.
Will she be able to hold the NUTS and moderates together for party line votes or will the GOP forge a Blue Dog Democrat-GOP coalition?
The latter as in the Reagan years.
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