November 14, 2006

Fait Accompli

We've all taken Speaker Pelosi as a given. Brendan Minter has an interesting angle from WSJ Political Diary:

Each party elects its own congressional leaders but the Speaker is elected by the entire House. That means if Republicans cross the aisle and hand their votes to respected Democratic moderate Steny Hoyer, he would be just a small number of votes shy of being elected speaker. There are still several congressional races underway through recounts so it's not clear yet precisely how many Republicans there will be in the next Congress. Mr. Hoyer would likely need roughly 15 Democratic votes for speaker in order to beat Ms. Pelosi.

When we put the question to a senior staffer for a Republican leader yesterday, he responded only: "You aren't the first person to bring this up today."

110th Congress Posted by John Kranz at November 14, 2006 2:57 PM