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Friday, November 17, 2006

One of these things is not like the other

Boston Globe, 12/6/94
Jubilant GOP votes Gingrich speaker

Following Gingrich's election, his ally, Rep. Richard Armey of Texas, was elected majority leader. But Gingrich's candidate for House whip, Rep. Robert Walker of Pennsylvania, was defeated by Rep. Thomas DeLay of Texas. That left Southerners in all three top House leadership positions.

AP, 11/17/06
Pelosi chosen as speaker; Murtha loses No. 2 spot to Hoyer

Democrats embraced Rep. Nancy Pelosi as the first woman House speaker in history on Thursday, then quickly snubbed her, selecting Steny Hoyer of Maryland as majority leader against her wishes.

New York Times, 12/6/94

Republicans All for One, and the One Is Gingrich

Another Texan, Representative Tom DeLay, won a three-way race for the No. 3 position, that of majority whip. He got 119 votes to 80 for Representative Robert S. Walker of Pennsylvania and 28 for Representative Bill McCollum of Florida.

New York Times, (11/16/06)
Pelosi Rebuffed Over Her Choice For House Post

House Democrats chose Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland as their new majority leader on Thursday, rejecting the choice of the incoming speaker, Nancy Pelosi, and straining the unity of the new majority party.

New York Times, (11/17/06)

Speaker Pelosi Tempts Disaster

Nancy Pelosi has managed to severely scar her leadership even before taking up the gavel as the new speaker of the House. First, she played politics with the leadership of the House Intelligence Committee to settle an old score and a new debt. And then she put herself in a lose-lose position by trying to force a badly tarnished ally, Representative John Murtha, on the incoming Democratic Congress as majority leader. The party caucus put a decisive end to that gambit yesterday, giving the No. 2 job to Steny Hoyer, a longtime Pelosi rival.

Washington Post, 12/6/94

GOP Formally Names Gingrich Speaker ;
Georgian Quotes FDR in Comparing Republicans' Proposed Changes to New Deal

Another aggressive Texan, Rep. Tom D. DeLay, won a three-way race for majority whip, the party's top vote-counter. DeLay, 47, prevailed on the first ballot over Reps. Robert S. Walker (R-Pa.) and Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) on the strength of greater support among the 73-member class of GOP incoming freshmen. DeLay received 119 votes, compared with 80 for Walker and 28 for McCollum…..

Walker, who was chief deputy to Minority Whip Gingrich, enjoyed the personal support of Gingrich, but the speaker-to-be did not campaign on his behalf.

Washington Post, (11/16/06)

Splits Democrats With Push For Murtha;
Speaker-to-Be Accused Of Strong-Arm Tactics

A showdown over the House majority leader's post today has Democrats bitterly divided only a week after their party took control of Congress and has prompted numerous complaints that Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and her allies are using strong-arm tactics and threats to try to elect Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.) to the job.

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posted by Pudentilla at 6:41 AM |


Nice pick up. Pude...
commented by Blogger Carl, 7:19 AM PST  
Well, I agree with your overall point. Still, I think there is one crucial difference here you fail to mention:

"Walker, who was chief deputy to Minority Whip Gingrich, enjoyed the personal support of Gingrich, but the speaker-to-be did not campaign on his behalf."

I'm not saying there's actual substance to the conservative argument (because, let's face it, that never happens)...But the focus has been on Pelosi's choice to actually campaign for Murtha, not simply the fact that she preferred him to Hoyer. This doesn't matter, because it's a nothing story to begin with, but it does kind of kill the comparison.
commented by Blogger Lons, 12:53 PM PST  

We can't be sure whether or not Pelosi did all that much campaigning. Most of the quoted comments about her active support of Murtha came from congressfolk who were Murtha voters, and none of them suggested, as the press has, that Pelosi did much more than make phone calls which reiterated what her public letter had said.

This was a completed fabricated story by the media.

Great post, thank you for digging out those comparisons.
commented by Blogger Leah A, 1:29 AM PST  

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