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Nancy Pelosi to Run For House Minority Leader – May Divide Democrats

Nancy Pelosi’s twitter account, SpeakerPelosi, tweeted this:

Driven by the urgency of creating jobs & protecting #hcr, #wsr, Social Security & Medicare, I am running for Dem Leader.

This despite calls from many in her own party for her to step down from leadership.  Fox News reported that many moderate Democrats such as Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK) are not backing her run for the position.  In fact, Rep. Boren portrays it as a sort of moral dilemma:

Rep. Dan Boren (D-OK), one of the most-conservative Democrats in the House and a member of the Blue Dog caucus, tells FOX he cannot “in good conscience support Pelosi” if she were to run for minority leader.

“I intend to support a more conservative Democratic alternative,” Boren said.

As many on the left are pushing for a push to the center for the liberals, the extremist progressives are making the case that the party should shrug off “blue dog Democrats” like Rep. Boren.  This mass email from The DailyKOS, a liberal blog illustrates their frustration with centrist Democrats.

Democrats suffered serious losses on Tuesday, but no one was hit harder than the corporatist Blue Dogs. Over half their members are gone. Apparently, being the GOP’s best friends on issue after issue wasn’t the political winner they claimed it was.

But getting drubbed hasn’t made the Blue Dogs humble. Now, they have Nancy Pelosi in their sights, demanding she step down as Democratic leader in the House. The Blue Dogs want to replace her with one of their own, so they can deliver our entire party to Wall Street.

Don’t let the Blue Dogs take over. Sign the petition letting Nancy Pelosi know she has your support as Democratic leader in the House.

Pelosi will decide whether to run for House Minority Leader within the next week, so she needs to hear from her supporters ASAP. At Daily Kos, we will deliver your signatures to her personally, so she knows you’ve got her back.

Pelosi led Democrats to historic victories in 2006 and 2008. We are confident she can reclaim her gavel in 2012. But to do so, she first has to ward off the Blue Dog threat.

Sign the petition showing your support for Nancy Pelosi. The fight for 2012 begins NOW.

The divides that have existed in the left-of-center are re-emerging.  Under stress, the cracks are showing.

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