In an article on outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to maintain control over her diminished Democratic caucus, Politico’s Jonathan Allen offers this telling passage:
The effort to tweak the rules and give rank-and-file Democrats more say over influential posts in the caucus reflects frustration over the fact that the Democratic leadership team will remain largely intact despite the Nov. 2 drubbing.
“People woke up the day after the election as afraid of Nancy Pelosi as they were the Monday before. And they shouldn’t be,” said one senior Democratic aide whose own remaining fear of retribution caused her to seek anonymity.
So, Nancy maintains an iron grip over her caucus and has decided to keep her leadership team intact despite the drubbing. Couple this with a redistricting likely to benefit Republicans, looks like further GOP gains are on the menu for 2012.
UPDATE: Over at Politico, Jonathan Allen and John F. Harris have a good analysis of why Democrats are keeping Nancy on as their party’s leader in the House.