149 Democrats have more sense than their new Speaker as Pelosi suffers her first defeat in her own party. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/11/16/AR2006111600514_pf.html Democrats Elect Hoyer as New Majority Leader By Lois Romano and Jonathan Weisman Washington Post Staff Writers Thursday, November 16, 2006; 12:38 PM 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.). Hoyer won the No. 2 leadership job easily -- 149 to 86. But the showdown divided the Democrat House caucus only a week after its party won a majority of seats in the Congress that begins meeting in January, and prompted numerous complaints that Pelosi and her allies used strong-arm tactics and threats to try to elect Murtha to the job.