Small victories

Thanks for the heads-up Betsy, I'm sure if you listen closely, you’ll hear a sigh of relief from somewhere in Okinawa.
Rep. Steny Hoyer emerged victorious Thursday after a bruising battle to win the No. 2 House leadership post in the 110th Congress. Hoyer handily defeated Rep. John Murtha, who had the backing of House Speaker-nominee Nancy Pelosi to be her chief deputy when Democrats take back the House in January. "My pledge to my caucus and my pledge to my country is: I will work as hard as... blah blah

Hoyer's success is a setback for Pelosi, who had faced her first leadership challenge by tossing aside her current deputy, with whom she had a chilly relationship, in favor of her longtime ally. Pelosi had been nominated earlier in the day to be the Democratic nominee for House speaker, the first woman to become second in line in succession for the presidency.

In introducing the new leadership team, Pelosi congratulated Hoyer, but said before he speaks, she wanted to "acknowledge the magnificent contribution of Mr. Murtha.. blah blah
Now, if we could just get the blue-dogs to curtail the spread of those 'San Francisco' values, before the lunatics get really carried away.

Meanwhile, on this small victory, to borrow from Howard Dean on the recent democratic victory … BOOYAH!!!

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