Democrats in the House, speaking privately, say that they have a clear favorite in the House Majority Leader race: Roy Blunt.
"We can run against him nationally, no problem," says one Democratic member from a Blue Dog state. "Boehner presents a bit more of a challenge, but not much more."
Regardless of who is elected on the Republican side, though, the tempest across the aisle seems to have emboldened Democrats to look at their own leadership. The Democrats say that regardless of where Republicans go with their leadership, and regardless of how their party fares in the mid-term elections, there is a sense inside their caucus that they will change leaders, too.
"Nancy Pelosi is a goner," says another Democrat. "I look forward to the day when I can call Steny Hoyer my majority leader. Or minority leader."
There have been rumblings for months about this, but those noises are growing louder. Pelosi has increasingly been under scrutiny for her lack of leadership, inability to communicate with both her caucus and the public, and her less than stellar handling of policy issues. Hoyer has been quiet, sitting back and letting it all play out, but has been careful not to get tainted by Pelosi's bungling.
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