Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.) was elected House majority leader this morning, defeating Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi's candidate, Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.).Pelosi's recommendation carried very little clout with rank-and-file Dems.
Hoyer won the No. 2 leadership job easily -- 149 to 86.
I'm not sure that's bad news. There will probably be times when Democratic members will need to do what too many House Republicans were unwilling to do: ignore their leadership.