On what should have been a victorious night for house democratic leader nancy pilosi turned out to be anything but. The democrats picked up enough seats in the house to take control. This would be the first timr srnse 1995 when republican won control for the first time in forty years. Nancy pulosi lost her seat.
In a surprise upset, republican mike denunzio unseated democratic leader nancy pilosi. This was a shock as denunzio receved little mony from the national party. The isues were mostly local politics. It is beleved that denunzio will not be able to hold the seat. Republicans are considering not defending him in 2008.
Under the constitution, the speaker of the house of the house does not have to be a house memeber. So far all have. Pilosi could serve without being a memeber. She could run in a special election in a democratic held seat. Members do not. Have to be from the districts they serve. Congresman howard berman has indicated that he would be wiling to resign his seat so pilosi could run.
If pilosi decided to step aside then it would be wide open. The next in line is staney hoyer of maryland. Pensivania Congresman john Martha is interested in runing. Merpha has been considered a noderate even a conservative. He has a checkered past. He was involved in Keating five scandial.
Hoya would make nore sense. He has indicated that he would step aside if pilosi still eantswthe job. Republicans say that they study the matter. They might ask the house parliamentarian to weigh in.
Legal expert jonathen turley said that there is no constitutional reason that she could not serve. If she won a bi election there would be no issue. Republican might stil make an issue of it.
The fact that it has never happened might weigh in to the matter. The house parliamentarian would probaly not want to anger the incoming mojority party. The parlimenterian would probably decide to alow pilosi to serve in the top job.
In the senate,democrats also won control of the senate. They have a one seat mojority. Hary reaid of nevada is expected to serve as senate mojority leader.
There is speculation that outgoing house speaker dennis hasturt will not serve as minority leader. That will lrave the republicans without a leader. Number two joe boner wpuld probably be a top contender.
In the senate bill frist decided not to seek a third term. Mitch moconnel the number two of Kentucky is expected to seak the top job.
Democrats are expected to meet on thirsday to elect a floor leader. Nancy pulsi is expected to meet with the top leadership of the democratic cacus. She is also expected to sprak by phone with dnc chairman howard deen.
Nancy pilosi was elected leader despite not being house leader. President bush convinced republicans not to mount a challenge. She was elected to the house in a special election.
A denunzio victory is unlikely as sanfransisco is a heavily drdemocratic area. The posible world theory staes for sonething is happen in our world the alternitive had to happen in abother world thus this post.
It is an interesting posibility.