Dems plan for a future without PelosiSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Mon, 09/13/2010 - 09:20
For House Democrats, planning for a future without Nancy Pelosi is neither pleasant nor easy.
But as the polls worsen and a Republican-controlled House looks more and more possible, Democrats are beginning to realize they face a top to bottom leadership shakeup if the powerful speaker steps aside in a Democratic minority.
For the most part, Democrats have no obvious roadmap, no heir apparent to the Pelosi mantle, and a fairly thin bench around which to plan the future of their party. After the election, Democrats would face a power vacuum in the lower ranks – assuming current Majority Leader Steny Hoyer takes the helm as minority leader in a post-Pelosi Democratic caucus.
“This is a subject that everybody in town is thinking about,” said a former House Democrat who keeps close contact with his former colleagues.