A group of more than 50 House Democrats has penned a letter to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) imploring him to "restore this institution" and see that the House returns to a "regular order" process of legislating.
The letter, signed by a large number of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition and the centrist New Democratic Coalition, has not yet been sent. Members are still gathering signatures in an effort to send the strongest signal possible to all top House Democrats that the caucus is up in arms over the top-down method of legislating employed by Democrats since late last year.
Hoyer, and not Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), was chosen as the recipient not because he is viewed as the prime enemy, but "because this group has no better friend in this fight" than the majority leader -- who is widely respected across the ideological spectrum for his adherence to rules and procedures -- an aide said.
Recall, of course, that at the beginning of the 110th Congress, Pelosi tried to run John Murtha against Hoyer for the position of Majority Leader. Wouldn't it be funny if Hoyer decided to use this rebellion to take his revenge? Either way, this is just the beginning in terms of complaints about Nancy Pelosi's leadership style. The complaints are bound to get worse and more insistent, which means that the seemingly invulnerable Speaker might be in more trouble than anyone thinks.