Monthly Archives: January 2011

19 Democrats Vote Against Pelosi For Minority Leader

This is not a good sign for the unpopular former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi: Nearly 20 Democrats abandoned their party’s pick for speaker of the House, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a sign of their concerns about supporting … Continued

Updating Hotline’s RNC Chairman’s Race Whip Count

The only people gaining support are Preibus and Steele: Reince Priebus — 32 votes Michael Steele — 15 Ann Wagner — 12 Saul Anuzis — 10 Maria Cino — 6 REINCE PRIEBUS (32) Linda Ackerman, California national committeewoman Mark Amodei, … Continued

NRCC Not Letting Up On Pelosi

At the end of the day, she will no longer be speaker, but that isn’t stopping the National Republican Congressional Committee from going after Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (R-Texas) will take direct aim at Pelosi, in comments scheduled … Continued

GOP Freshmen Step Onto The Tightrope

Recess is over, and now the incoming Republican class of the 112th Congress must pivot from talking tough to making tough choices. Among their first decisions: How will they work with a Republican leadership team that is steeped in the … Continued

Tea Party Bachmann Favorite Mulling a Presidential Bid in 2012

With no candidates emerging, 2012 looks to be a crowded field for Republicans: Forget the fervent chatter speculating that Tea Party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann is considering launching a campaign to challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar for the Minnesota U.S. Senate seat … Continued

Ford O’Connell On Health Care Repeal in The Arena

Here is Ford O’Connell’s response to today’s “The Arena” question, “health care repeal gaining momentum?” Repealing Obamacare was a central campaign topic for Republicans last November. It misses the mark to categorize this first vote as a political gimmick when … Continued

Does Michael Steele Understand the RNC’s Role?

Probably not: In John McCormack’s interview with Michael Steele, the chairman of the Republican National Committee said: “Tell me what election we lost because I gave $15,000 to Guam.” No problem. What follows is a list of close House races that … Continued

In With the New—and Young—Republicans

The House of Representatives won’t undergo merely a partisan change when the new Congress convenes on Wednesday. It will, in many ways, undergo a generational change as well. A new and younger set of Republicans lawmakers will move in when … Continued