Amid Republican glee, Democrats find themselves picking up the pieces following the drubbing they took at the November elections.
Back on Capitol Hill, one of those pieces, Nancy Pelosi, the former Democratic Speaker who spent the past four years as Democratic House minority leader, seemingly emerged unscathed by the defeat her party suffered in Congress.
By all accounts she’ll keep her post as minority leader for another two years, although you’ll find any number of Democrats — rank-and-file on up — who suspect someone other than Pelosi at the head of their decimated party in the House might be the better part of wisdom.
At the Roundhouse here in New Mexico, on the other hand, leadership changes run rampant.
For the first time in most New Mexicans’ memories, a certified, honest-to-goodness Republican will wield the gavel as Speaker at the state House of Representatives when the Legislature convenes next month.
Back in the 1980s Republicans basically controlled the state House for a period of time in a coalition engineered with a few turncoat Dems, one of whom, a gentleman named Gene Samberson, they picked to be Speaker.
But with the upcoming 60-day legislative session, Rep. Donald Tripp of Socorro is slated to become New Mexico’s first Republican House Speaker in over 60 years.