Monday, April 25, 2005

A House of Ill Content

The Democrats had an inter- party hissy fit over divisions in their ranks on the bankruptcy bill. Ranter-in-Chief none other than Nancy (smile when you say that) Pelosi.

A major rift has developed within the House Democratic Caucus, as moderates and liberals wage a war over influence and questions mount over the leadership's direction for the minority party.

Tensions flared at the gathering over recent defections by moderate Democrats on key votes, most particularly the recent bankruptcy bill, in which 73 Members including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.) sided with the GOP. The meeting left Hoyer defending the moderates' votes and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) siding with progressives and criticizing centrists.

"People are frustrated we had a divided leadership on this bill and they were very outspoken on the opposite sides. Maybe that's what helped this meeting turn into what it turned into," said a senior Democratic staffer. "It's possible this was the final straw for many."

You gotta love it. Kinda like in high school when your two worst enemy's got into a knock down drag out fist fight. The only thing you were rooting for was carnage.

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