By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
Readers, this is a travel day for me, so I am going to have to ask you to talk amongst yourselves. Water Cooler will return on Friday, after the tryptophan wears off. –lambert
Here, however, is a conversation starter:
“Democratic Donors Suggest They May Withhold Donations If Nancy Pelosi Isn’t Elected Speaker” [HuffPo]. From their wonderfully clarifying “Open Letter” to the House Democratic Caucus:
Because of her diligence, her powers of persuasion, her enormous effectiveness and her adherence to our values, we have provided a portion of the financial resources required to be competitive cycle after cycle. We look forward to a day when we achieve the reforms necessary to reduce greatly the impact of money in elections. But until that day we must do what is required to contest the Republicans on an equal playing field.
When it came to funding this recent effort to retake the Majority, would we have contributed anywhere near as much as we did if Nancy was not the Leader? We think not….
Inserting ourselves into internal House Politics is not something we would normally do. But if we lose Nancy, and the new Leader can only raise half the funding, the Republicans will not reduce their funding and we will be back to the structural disadvantage that prevailed for many years.
Nice little Party you have here. It would be shame if something happened to it. (Not that the Seth Moulton crowd and their generational claims to power have my sympathy; far from it.)
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PM writes: “Everything is still blooming here in sunny Tucson, AZ.”
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