It didn’t take long for U.S. Rep. Ed Pelmutter to backpedal on his opposition to Nancy Pelosi for House speaker.
The once leader of the rebellion (as of Tuesday night) told the Associated Press on Wednesday that making other changes in party leadership other than Pelosi might be a better option.
“It’s about change,” Perlmutter said. “She’s not the goal. Maybe for some.”
Okay, maybe it’s more of a backflip than a backpedal for Perlmutter.
Perlmutter is suggesting that instead of getting rid of the top leader, maybe they should instead look further down the rung of power.
No one is challenging Steny Hoyer for majority leader.
But wait, what about the whip seat that U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette is trying to wrestle away from Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina?
Yes, we think that will be Perlmutter’s escape hatch from breaking his promise to vote against Pelosi.
It’s not so much about who runs the party, as who whips all the votes in shape to support the party, we suspect he will blindly argue.
The U.S. Senate has already elected their leaders without a fight, but House Democrats aren’t holding their election until after the Thanksgiving holiday.