This morning I pointed to (what I feel is) a puff piece in the WaPo on the divisivness among the dems. And like I said there, I think that the dems, in order to be successful, should not be in lock-step with each other. The thing is, the divisions are happening more and more in the GOP, which has been walking in lock-step together. So, when the GOP leadership wants to shut down your government, you must sit up and take notice that they are no longer working for "We the people..."
House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert and his top lieutenants are seeking to avoid a divisive intra-party leadership fight. They engineered a scenario whereby the majority leader's position is being filled on a temporary basis through at least the end of the year by the number-three House Republican, majority whip Roy Blunt of Missouri, with other members of leadership taking on increased responsibilities.
In addition, Hastert has scheduled the first House session of 2006 for Jan. 31 -- after a holiday break of more than a month, and two weeks after senators are due to return to Washington. The late start gives DeLay, a Texas Republican, a greater amount of time with which to dispose of the charges, as new leadership elections could not occur until the House is back in session.
Need I say more?
Hat tip to Think Progress