It seems that nonna Pelosi has just experienced the first of many future failures as Speaker of the House:
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."
Pelosi also called for unity in the party, but within moments she put her prestige on the line by nominating Murtha for majority leader.
Murtha is powerful lawmaker on defense matters, and he gained national prominence last year when he called an end to U.S. military involvement in Iraq.
He and Pelosi have long been close, and when Pelosi issued a statement supporting Murtha on Sunday night, it raised the stakes in a leadership election within a party that is taking control of the House in January for the first time in a dozen years.
Pelosi and Hoyer have long had a difficult relationship. The two ran against each other in a leadership race several years ago. Pelosi won, but Hoyer rebounded more than a year later when he was elected the party's whip.
A note to the Speaker-elect - You weren't supposed to endorse anyone publicly. It's considered bad form and exposes you to this very problem.
And, the fact that you picked a guy that's so stupid (redeploy to Okinawa) and corrupt (see this) shows that you're not that bright. Of course, we already knew that since, when discussing any issue, you're unable to get beyond the 2 talking points that your staff and the DNC have given to you.
ARC: St Wendeler