Dem House leadership: hot times ahead

I've been writing a fair amount recently about the alignment of forces in the House that look poised for conflict after the (we're supposing) Dem win next week.

The kerfuffle over the remarks of Ellen Tauscher a day or two back and other noises off suggesting that the Blue Dogs will be making their presence felt have added to the expectancy.

Today, we get the Post suggesting not only that it'll shortly be seconds out in the Hoyer/Murtha fight for Majority Whip, but that Rahmbo is supposedly contemplating trying to take down Caucus chairman Clyburn.

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GOP 'salami tactics' in Dem-controlled House?

Suppose the Dems perform to Chris's expectations in the House: how do the GOP fight back?

At this stage, I'm not looking at the minutiae of House rules, but thinking aloud about possible general approaches.

At one end of the spectrum, they could try all-out obstructionism.

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Most Cong. Dems beating Reps are Conservative

I've been watching this unfold since 2002.  More and more democrats who win are conservative.  Of course, 2004 was awful for us but there were a few so called "bright spots".  But they weren't.  They were at least as conservative as the republicans.  Some of you say "Well, at least they are democrats" but I disagree.

This year the trend continues.  Everyone's all excited about the possibility of taking control of the house, but I'm not so sure.  MOST of the democrats who might displace current republican officeholders are AS or often MORE conservative than the republican incumbent.

I think this is the most ignored issue of this election cycle.  First of all, the dems should win because the party OUT of power during the sixth year election of a two term president always wins big (and I'm trying to ignore the depressing fact that we are actually doing VERY poorly compared to most out-of-power party's in this type of year)and secondly, where they are winning they are winning by running to the RIGHT of the republicans.  In some of these elections it seems like it is a battle to see who can come off as the most or the true CONSERVATIVE.

So, why should we be excited or care?  How is an anti-abortion, pro-Iraq war, anti-gay rights, democrat any better than the same thing in a republican????

I know I'll be trashed on this.  But my interests are all liberal (oops, that's right... I'm supposed to be a coward and let the conservatives define me and now refer to myself as a "progressive")and this site occassionally gives me comfort because there are other liberals here.  But, I've noticed that most of the people on here don't like the truth very much if it disturbs their little daydream world.

FACE IT:  right now, America is a conservative country.  We have to change minds.  If the dems control one or both houses nothing will change:  it will have been done with conservative dems taking the place of conservative republicans.

Hey, and don't just take my word for it.  How about the L.A. Times (hardly a conservative newspaper).  They have written about this several times including today.  Read it yourself:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/ politics/la-na-dems26oct26,0,3860101.sto ry?coll=la-home-headlines

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Douche of reality from the Dems' 'Mr K Street'

The Washington Monthly has a profile of Steny Hoyer - backstory for those of us who are politics latecomers, including one or standout points.

For instance, in the special election in 1981 in which Hoyer first came into the House,

Hoyer received strong support from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), whose new chairman, Rep. Tony Coelho (D-Calif.), became intensely involved in the race--fostering a valuable long-term alliance between the two.

Coelho was the founder of the K Street Project, and cash-raiser extraordinaire for the House Dems in the 80s.

(Not, if understand matters aright, that, with Hoyer, Coelho could exactly be accused of corrupting a Jefferson Smith!)

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Dems K Street Bragging Seizing Defeat From Jaws of Victory?

bumped - Matt

Never, ever underestimate the ability of Democratic Party operatives in Washington to risk losing winnable elections. To understand what I mean, take a journey with me along a timeline in the extended entry that traces the last year in politics. You will see that despite many candidates battling the GOP's "culture of corruption," there are those inside the Democratic Party apparatus in Washington, D.C. who seem unable or unwilling to stop bragging to reporters about thier own corporate shakedown operations.

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