Dem House leadership: hot times ahead

I've been writing a fair amount recently about the alignment of forces in the House that look poised for conflict after the (we're supposing) Dem win next week.

The kerfuffle over the remarks of Ellen Tauscher a day or two back and other noises off suggesting that the Blue Dogs will be making their presence felt have added to the expectancy.

Today, we get the Post suggesting not only that it'll shortly be seconds out in the Hoyer/Murtha fight for Majority Whip, but that Rahmbo is supposedly contemplating trying to take down Caucus chairman Clyburn.

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Pelosi to kick Jane Harman off Intelligence: Official (almost)

This morning's Timespiece firms up (a little) on the Harman/Hastings saga I last discussed yesterday.

It seems that the Signora has sent forth a mouthpiece to confirm that Harman does not have great expectations of the HIC chair in a Dem 110th:

"To say it is unlikely she will get the job is accurate," said one Democratic Congressional official with knowledge of the party's post-election plans.

Pelosi's beef with Harman is apparently that she dared to lobby to retain the Dem top spot on the HIC, and got various friends amongst the media and donor community to put in a good word - an LA Weekly May 06 piece goes into a little more detail on the point.

However, I can't help feeling that this is not the sort of thing that would have got Harman ousted from the committee unless Pelosi wasn't under pressure from the CBC to give the chair to impeachment convictee Hastings.

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Battle lines forming over jobs in Dem House majority

Over the last year, Speaker Pelosi has moved from manually aided lefty druther to odds-on bet.

And, to prove it, the Lioness garners profiles in the Post (on A1 on Saturday) and the LA Times (ditto).

But the Speaker-elect may well be up to her - knees, shall we say? - in internecine strife well before she gets to park her posterior in her chair of office.

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Dem-controlled House: likely leadership battles

The way things are moving, the Dems are (by some margin) more likely than not going to control the 110th House.

So it's worthwhile raising one or two of the personnel issues that will be facing the party in that event.

So far, we've got a likely election for Majority Leader between Hoyer and Murtha; and Rahmbo has said he's quitting the DCCC Chair at the end of this Congress, supposedly to spend more time with his family (oh yes...).

What about the rest of the posts?

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Democratic House: tussle hots up for leadership spots

If the Dems win control of the House on November 7, prepare for all-in leadership musical chairs starting November 8.

Sign of the future: the much trumpeted deal by which the DNC will devote part of its 06 campaign spend to 40 House races.

Rahmbo and Howie haven't been speaking - and, according the Hill, amongst others,

There is dispute over whether it took House Democratic Caucus Chairman James Clyburn's (S.C.) intervention to broker the deal...

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