Bachmann Drops Bid For House Leadership Spot

November 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Last week, I noted the developing battle between Michelle Bachmann and Jeb Hensarling for Chairmanship of the House GOP Conference. Since that time, Hensarling has been racking up endorsements from the majority of the House GOP leadership as well as influential Republicans like Paul Ryan and Ron Paul. As I noted on OTB Radio last night, it seemed clear that Hensarling was going to win.

Late yesterday, Bachmann seemed to acknowledge that fact when she dropped out of the race:

Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) dropped her bid to become the next House GOP Conference Chairman late Wednesday.

Bachmann, a darling of the Tea Party movement, ended her week-long run against fellow conservative Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) after it was apparent that Hensarling had the votes to win the leadership election.

Bachmann was quick to endorse Hensarling, who her supporters had painted as the “establishment” candidate in the race to be the fourth-ranking House Republican in the 112th Congress.

This essentially means that the GOP leadership fights are over:

At this point, only the GOP Policy Committee Chairman position is contested. Reps. Tom Price (R-Ga.) and Connie Mack (R-Fla.) are running for the position, currently held by Michigan Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R).

But as it stands, the rest of the leadership positions are uncontested.

Boehner is up for Speaker, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) for House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for Majority Whip, Hensarling for Conference Chair, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) for Conference Vice-Chair, Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) for Conference Secretary and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) for National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chairman.

Next up, Committee assignments.




Outside the Beltway

Dems wonder: Should we replace our wizened, widely hated leadership with younger, more appealing pols?

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Hmmm.


And so, my friends, the time has come for yet another Scooby Doo mystery. Today’s episode: “The Case of the Alienated Swing Voters.” A younger generation of Democrats is chafing at being asked to stand aside and let a triumvirate of elders keep their leadership positions in the wake of a catastrophic midterm election result… […]

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Right Doctor Podcast: Redstate’s Erick Erickson Talks House Leadership, His New Book Red State Rising, And Presidential Contenders

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Listen to the Right Doctor Podcast here.

Erick Erickson talks about his book and the conservative movement in the future. He also talks about the jostling in the House for leadership positions. Was it the Tea Party’s fault that we lost some key Senate races? Is he glad that we don’t control the Senate?

And the most annoying question of all, “Who is the front-runner for 2012?” You might be surprised at the answer:

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Three MEPs to contest the Conservative group leadership in Brussels

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

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Some House Democrats Want to Delay Leadership Vote

November 10, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

here’s a move afoot to postpone the election of the House Democratic leadership.

Two House Democrats are circulating a letter asking Democratic leaders to push their party’s leadership elections for the next Congress until December.

Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohio) and Peter Defazio (D-Oregon) say in the letter that the “historic results” of the Democrat’s 60-seat loss in the House is one reason to push back leadership selection.

The letter comes as the soon-to-be former House Democratic majority leaders are embroiled in a controversy over who will lead the Democrats when the House changes to Republican hands in January.

Defazio is a known critic of the Democratic leadership and has vocalized his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- California) remaining in a leadership role. Kaptur has occasionally broken with leadership, but her spokesman told CNN that Kaptur’s request to delay the elections is not about Pelosi, but about giving Democratic members some time to return to Washington and discuss future moves for all leadership slots before any decisions are made.

Whether this will gain any steam is unclear.   But isn’t it odd that the leadership elections for the next Congress would be held before it even meets?  Why should people who were defeated in the recent elections have a say?  And, surely, those just elected should have a vote.




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Democrats want leadership elections delayed

November 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) – Two House Democrats are circulating a letter asking Democratic leaders to push their party’s leadership elections for the next Congress until December.

Reps. Marcy Kaptur (D- Ohio) and Peter Defazio (D-Oregon) say in the letter that the “historic results” of the Democrat’s 60-seat loss in the House is one reason to push back leadership selection.

The letter comes as the soon-to-be former House Democratic majority leaders are embroiled in a controversy over who will lead the Democrats when the House changes to Republican hands in January.

Defazio is a known critic of the Democratic leadership and has vocalized his opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D- California) remaining in a leadership role. Kaptur has occasionally broken with leadership, but her spokesman told CNN that Kaptur’s request to delay the elections is not about Pelosi, but about giving Democratic members some time to return to Washington and discuss future moves for all leadership slots before any decisions are made.

Read the full letter:

Dear Democratic Leadership:

Our Caucus should come together next week and listen to the members who lost, the members who won narrowly close elections, and the remaining members of the caucus. We should hear their stories about what worked and what was not successful because if we do not to learn from our losses we will remain in the minority until we do learn.

Following the loss of our majority, we should fully understand the causes of our historic losses before we begin the process of rebuilding. We believe leadership elections should take place in December after our Caucus has had the opportunity to hear from each other and our concerns.

We cannot ignore the historical results of these elections. At a minimum, we lost 60 seats, with a few races still to call. According to the exit polls, we lost a majority of both male and female voters, reversing the last four years of Democratic gains. Two years ago, President Obama won a majority of the female vote by 13 points. We also lost a majority of voters over 30 years of age, including an 18 point margin for seniors. We lost the independent vote by 16 points, compared to President Obama’s 8 point margin. Finally we lost a majority of voters earning more than $ 50,000 a year.

Considering these disturbing exit polls, we believe we should not rush to elect a leadership slate next week, but rather spend more time to understand these historic losses. Before we chart a new path forward, we need to understand where we erred to avoid repeating past mistakes.

There is no pressing need to elect our leadership so soon after the election. We should take the Thanksgiving break to reflect on the Caucus discussions and talk with our constituents. We can then return in December to elect our leadership team. Heading into a Presidential election cycle, we believe our Caucus would benefit from a more thoughtful discussion, prior to leadership elections.

We are not endorsing or opposing any leadership candidate with this letter, but we are seeking more time for a more thoughtful discussion with everyone in the same room. America expects us to take this moment and draw the best from it in her interest. Our fates our tied together. With the economy predominant in all polls, the public knows we can do so much better for our nation. We should be given more than two weeks to understand what happened and select our leadership who will be charged with restoring our majority.

-CNN’s Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.


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Tea party power: Boehner to include freshman on House Republican leadership team

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Hmmm.


Smart move for him. Is it smart for the frosh? In a nod to the strength of their newest constituency, House Republican leaders will grant incoming freshmen more say in the party’s direction than most first-term lawmakers receive. House Republican Leader John Boehner and his No. 2, party Whip Eric Cantor, will notify newly elected […]

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House GOP to add freshman leadership slot

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) – Three senior House GOP leadership sources told CNN on Monday that they are planning to add a leadership slot for a freshman member.

Two of the sources said that South Dakota’s Kristi Noem has expressed interest in the leadership post and appears to have the backing of the current GOP leadership.

A source close to Noem confirms that she is interested in the leadership slot and has talked to several members of the Republican leadership about it.

Noem would have to be elected by the freshman class of Republican House members.

If she got the spot, it could help the new House Republican majority with two issues: bringing someone associated with the Tea Party movement into the leadership fold, and adding another woman.

Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who also would fit those criteria, is running for caucus chair but is not expected to beat Jeb Hensarling of Texas, who also is running.

House Republican Conference Vice Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington is currently the only woman in the elected Republican leadership.


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GOP To Create Leadership Position For House Freshman

November 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

An interesting item from MSNBC:

NBC’s Luke Russert reports that the new GOP Leadership Team will include a position for a member of the freshman class, according to a GOP aide. Only freshmen will vote on the position, and it was created with the idea of making sure the new diverse and dynamic class of Republican members had a seat at the leadership table.

Sources tell NBC News that Rep.-Elect Kristi Noem (R-SD) has indicated that she has a strong interest in running. Noem, a Tea Party favorite, is seen by party insiders as a rising star.

Noem has served in the South Dakota House of Representative since 2006.

The idea isn’t entirely new. Virginia’s Gerry Connolly was elected the “President” of the Democratic Freshman class in 2009, although that position isn’t formally part of the Democratic leadership in the House.




Outside the Beltway

Ryan endorses Hensarling over Bachmann for leadership post

November 5, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Palin won’t endorse Bachmann?


It didn’t take long for Rep. Michele Bachmann’s decision to run for Conference Chair in the House Republican caucus to get a reaction from her colleagues.  Caucus veterans started lining up behind Bachmann’s opponent for the position, Jeb Hensarling of Texas.  Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, who is well-regarded by the fiscal conservatives active in the Tea […]

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