Well, the Democrats have solved their leadership crisis the way they solve most of their problems: refuse to make the tough choice, and create yet another taxpayer-funded program to cover your mess:
House Democrats have reached a deal to keep both Reps. Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn in the leadership, with Hoyer (D-Md.) serving as minority whip and Clyburn (D-S.C) taking a new, as-yet-still-undefined number three position.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calf.) who is seeking the minority leader’s job in the next Congress, reached an agreement with Clyburn on late Friday night, and Democratic leaders quickly announced the deal.
Clyburn’s title and responsibilities were not specified in the announcement from Pelosi’s office, and Democratic leadership aides scrambled to explain the deal to reporters.
Clyburn said he sought a spot in large part out of a desire for “maintaining a diversity in leadership.” I’ll endeavor to find out for sure, but presumably, Clyburn’s new TBD position will come with new office space and staffing funds. Way to take the temperature of the American people, Minority Leader Pelosi!