Pelosi Elected Minority Leader

Via CNN:  Pelosi wins Democratic leadership fight:

Pelosi turned back a challenge from North Carolina Rep. Heath Shuler, a member of the party’s diminished centrist "Blue Dog" faction, in a 150 to 43 vote.

The rest of the caucus’ leadership is as follows:

Democrats avoided a contentious fight for the No. 2 slot between the more moderate Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer — the current House majority leader — and the more liberal South Carolina Rep. James Clyburn, now the majority whip.

Under a deal brokered by Pelosi, Hoyer will likely become the minority whip in the next Congress — the second Democrat slot — while Clyburn will serve as assistant leader — a newly-created third Democratic position.

Connecticut Rep. John Larson remains Democratic caucus chairman, with California Rep. Xavier Beccera rounding out the leadership as caucus vice chair.

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  1. James Joyner says:

    And the Republicans just elected Boehner.

    Aside from the Dems re-electing those who’d led them to disaster — which the Republicans did in 2006 and 2008, too — it strikes me as simply bizarre to hold these votes during the lame duck session. Shouldn’t the new guys get a say, rather than those who were so terrible that they managed not to survive an 87 percent incumbent re-election rate?

  2. Jacob says:

    I’m sure Rep. James Clyburn is so happy that he has been downgraded to a fake title that holds no weight. He has now become the Dwight Schrute of the Democratic caucus.