Even though he doesn't have the numbers to win, Blue Dog Congressman Democrat Heath Shuler (N.C.) said on Sunday that he will run for House Democratic Leader if Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) doesn't drop her bid for the top-ranking position. The persistence of Nancy Pelosi to maintain her power as a minority leader is baffling to many people. She was the cause of the Democratic demise in the 2010 Mid-Term Election.
Heath Shuler stated,
“Let’s be realistic about it, there’s very few numbers of (moderates) left, the entire House is being pushed further and further apart in their different viewpoints and the moderates have to bring our country together to move our country forward. I would really hope that [Pelosi] would step aside to allow Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn -- those gentlemen-to step forward in the leadership positions that they held in the majority, to be the leader and to be whip.”The quote Shuler uttered is deafening. The election wasn't about the landslide Republican victory. It was removing the Blue Dog Democrats and moderate Democrats out of Congress. This means the remaining Democrats in Congress are full of progressive liberals. If Republicans lose in 2012 and Obama gains re-election, it is certain every Socialist program that failed this time around won't share that fate in 2012.