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In a stunning rebuke of the incoming Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Democrats elected Steny Hoyer from Maryland as the new Majority Whip 149-86 over Pelosi’s hand picked candidate John Murtha from Pennsylvania.

Pelosi expended a lot of her new found political capital on trying to convince her colleagues that the Abscam tainted Murtha was the best man for the job. 

So are we seeing the first signs of a fissure with the House Democrats and their new leader?  Is this defeat one of defiance or a realization that electing Murtha would make him a large target of those seeking to weed out corruption which helped the Democrats retake the house just a week and a half ago?

Stay tuned to see if Pelosi and Hoyer will be able to bury the hatchet or will their previous differences bury the party in 2008.

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