The title gives the post away. Apparently, the Congressional Black Caucus is in open revolt against Nancy Pelosi for insisting that Rep. William Jefferson give up his seat on the House Ways and Means Committee. The Hill quotes one staffer of a CBC member as threatening, “I hope she likes being minority leader.”
But is that true?
What, in fact, would be the poltiical fallout of a publicized war in which Pelosi stands up to the CBC and demands that Jefferson quit his position? I’m not persuaded that it wouldn’t redound to the Dems’ benefit. Rangel seems to be a pretty good fundraiser (and if he’s the ranking member on Ways and Means, he should be), but I’m skeptical as to whether other CBC members are that critical to the nationwide Democratic race as a whole. The meme could be, “Oh, those divided Democrats”–but it could also be “Nancy Pelosi stands up to the CBC and the entrenched old-line Dems.”
The CBC has something of an argument when it points out that Pelosi did not take such action in the case of Rep. Allan Mollohan of West Virignia, the ethic committee ranking member who is under investigation for improprieties regarding earmarks–although from my very incomplete knowledge of that case, it seems far less serious than Jefferson’s.
At this stage, though, I’m just asking about the politics: Is there a reason to believe that this couldn’t work out quite well for the Democrats?