In the US House, Insider Money Buys Leadership Positions
November 29, 2014
The US House of Representatives is not a meritocracy. And that’s a shame. House “leadership” doesn’t actually have anything to do with leadership. It has everything to do with money. In a story about the fall from power of Nancy Pelosi, Michael Barone describes how the House leadership process evolved from seniority to raw cash. For years, liberal Democrats had decried the seniority system, which automatically made conservative Southerners (and/or senile members) committee chairmen.