Seriously, the balls on these people:
Rep. Heath Shuler predicted Thursday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would act in the “best interest” of the Democratic Caucus and bow out of leadership, but said he would challenge the California Democrat for Minority Leader if she tried to stay on and no “viable alternative” candidate emerged.
“If there’s not a viable alternative — like I said all along — I can go recruit moderate Members to run in swing districts,” said Shuler, a leader of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition. “In that situation, I could do it better than she could, and that’s what it’s going to take. It’s going to take moderate candidates to win back those seats.”
The North Carolina Democrat said he didn’t “think it would be in the best interest” of House Democrats for Pelosi, a liberal, to be Minority Leader, and he predicted she would step aside in the wake of Tuesday’s election in which Democrats lost at least 60 seats. Pelosi has not yet said what her next move will be.
Just to recap, the bluedog coalition was summarily rejected by the voters on Tuesday, and were annihilated, and even Joe Klein will admit they lost because of their own stupidity. The progressive caucus, on the other hand is alive and kicking, with perhaps only three losses.
So obviously, the emaciated blue dogs should come out and start dictating what the majority of the caucus should and should not do.
And am I wrong to see Steny’s hands all over this?