November 11, 2002
HOW ABOUT RED DOGS? (via pj):A Ford in Pelosi's Garage (The Prowler, 11/11/02, American Prowler)
[M]embers of the Black Caucus remain upset about the way some of their members were treated in the past election, namely their perception that the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee actively sought alternate candidates to challenge some of the caucus members. That process cost the caucus Cynthia McKinney and Earl Hilliard, even though both newly elected replacements are also black.
"We need to get some of these problems smoothed out fast," says the House member. "Creating a race that might further deepen the hurt feelings probably wasn't the way to go." [...]
If Ford continues his campaign into the early part of the week, it's expected that Pelosi's minions will attempt to defuse the race. "She's going to have to offer him something pretty substantive to get him to support her wholeheartedly," says another House member, who is supporting Ford. "We know it's an uphill race, but if we can make the liberal wing of the party sweat, then all the better."
Hopefully the GOP is taking full advantage of these divisions within the Democrat Caucus. It would be nice to peel the Blue Dogs off and add them to our column. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 11, 2002 11:41 AM