But Democrats are doing just fine.
Earlier I mentioned that House Democrats had completed a shift of leadership for their caucus, with Hakeem Jeffries becoming caucus Leader. He was easily voted in by his caucus, and in fact won more votes in the Speaker’s race than poor, miserable Kevin McCarthy, though like McCarthy, Jeffries has no obvious path to taking over as Speaker. I said this version of Congress was going to be a mess, but I have to say the mess is already more spectacular than I ever imagined, and the whole thing completely belongs to the Republicans.
Overall, Democrats in the House seem very happy with Jeffries as Leader, and when I watched this moment and they all stood to applaud him, I admit I started applauding too. I am proud to be a Democrat these days, and I think the Party is doing some good things.
The House just broke out into a chant for Rep Jeffries "HAKEEM! HAKEEM!"
Outstanding unity. 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/y8p6aVIElr
— BrooklynDad_Defiant!☮️ (@mmpadellan) January 3, 2023
Over in the Senate, under Democratic administration, the day went smoothly and everyone is ready to get to work. The Party began their new session by electing Patty Murray as the first woman to take the office of Senate President Pro Tempore. The always-competent Murray will preside over sessions of the Senate for the next two years. (I’m very happy Dems didn’t take the route of giving this position to Dianne Feinstein, who has more seniority. Feinstein needs to leave the Senate, IMO, and California deserves better representation.)
I have no idea how Republicans in the House will resolve their leadership issues, but I admit I’m entertained by the spectacle. It’s too bad that the country has so much actual work that needs to be done, and these clowns make it all so much harder.
ETA: Also, there’s this.
That sound you're hearing in the background is that of all those old, white conservatives' heads exploding. pic.twitter.com/guDqz0CIRw
— Al ➊ Criswell (@Gdad1) January 3, 2023