Legacy party rot
Next week the new Democratic caucus, ... will meet to pick the next Congress' leadership team.
No one good is running and the big question, of course, is whether or not Nancy Pelosi will retire. The quality of the leadership team will go down regardless. Other than Nancy the House Democratic leadership team is pure dreck, as horrible and out of touch with the grassroots as the GOP leadership team. Corporate whore (and the Congressman from K Street) Steny Hoyer will be Pelosi's replacement if she steps down, #2 if she stays. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is demanding a special position be created for her that will eventually lead to the top slot and Hoyer-- not wanting to battle with her now-- has agreed. Don't expect any surprises in the decisions about committee ranking members, although it will be interesting to see how they handle the delicate matter of a replacement for Barney Frank on the House Financial Services Committee. (I can't imagine they'll give Fox the pleasure of announcing it's Maxine Waters but, who knows; the caucus is so utterly dysfunctional and useless than anything can happen. Except something good.) Much-liked Nita Lowey (NY) will challenge much disliked Marcy Kaptur (OH) for the Appropriations Committee ranking member slot and Richard Neal may challenge Sander Levin for the Ways and Means slot. Yawn.
As some point Howie will realize that the Democrats are irredeemably corrupt, and throw his support to the Greens, or some other emergent party. I don't think that he is anywhere near that yet, but that is one of the indicators, when lefties realize that the Democratic party of FDR and LBJ is gone and never coming back. Much depends on who is pushed over the Fiscal Cliff.