November 17, 2010

ANGER IS ONE OF THE FOUR STAGES: House Democrats vent to leaders as they come to grips with losses.

While many Democrats offered kind words, thanks and support for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), defeated Reps. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), Travis Childers (D-Miss.) and Bill Foster (Ill.) called for new leadership, lawmakers said.

Boyd told The Hill that leaving Pelosi as the public face of the caucus would undermine candidate recruitment efforts in 2012.

“I don’t know how you recruit for some of these seats,” said Boyd. “How are you going to recruit somebody to run — a moderate, Blue Dog Democrat — to run down there? Can’t do it.”

Democrats are girding for an internal showdown on Wednesday as they meet for caucus elections over the objections of a growing number of lawmakers who want them postponed. Pelosi surprised many Democrats two weeks ago when she announced she would seek to stay on as the caucus leader.

Personally, I’m pulling for Pelosi in this one. In fact, while I don’t normally endorse candidates here, I’m giving her the InstaPundit endorsement this time around. You go, girl!

Meanwhile, Jim Treacher is gloating.

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