Eeesh. This is moving quickly on the Dem leadership front.
Pelosi says she wants to be Minority Leader. Clyburn says he wants to be Whip.
The next person down the totem poll is John Larson as Caucus Chairman. According to Roll Call, Pelosi is encouraging (sub.req.) him to run for Caucus Chair again. So Pelosi moves down, Clyburn and Larson remain in place. So there’s no room for Hoyer. He’s standing when the music stops. And he’s got no chair.
The key tell here is that Pelosi seems to be encouraging the people down the totem poll to stay in place. So she’s blocking Hoyer’s ability to perhaps get Clyburn to agree to step down the ladder with him.
I think I remember this scene from The Godfather.
Folks up on the Hill, send me your emails on this one. We want to get every detail of this one.
Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.