Do They Read Blogs?
Rahm Emmanuel, who is the 2nd ranking House Democrat, and a political animal from the Clinton years, is distancing himself from Nancy Pelosi and her support of John Murtha. He's even going as far as to say her 50% estimate for House Democrats wanting to pull out quickly is overblown.
"Dean's take on Iraq makes even less sense than the scream in Iowa: Both are uninformed and unhelpful," said Rep. Jim Marshall (D-Ga.).
Why are folks suddenly running from the Democratic party leadership? That's easy, there are two reasons. One is that a lot of Democrats are in tight house races in mostly GOP states, and looking too much like a surrender monkey isn't the way to keep a seat.
The second, and I think Emmanuel's reason, is that if the Dem's don't get control of the House back next year, there will be a leadership shake up. Pelosi will be tossed, and Emmanuel can point to his Clinton years as a reason for her Minority Leader position.
Even the DNC is backing off the Dean remarks on Iraq being unwinnable, saying he was taken out of context, and meant we need a new plan. Nice try but there are too many transcripts running around to convince many folks of that one.
Anna Quindlen has an article in Newsweek on the lack of leadership from Democrats.