It was an interesting sort of politics day as the new majority party desperately tried to elect the minority leader to take over as the Speaker of the House and ran into a few bumps in the road which might be better described as republicans-with-intent. As I think about it, the very last person on earth to lead the new majority in the House would be the former minority leader since he has been steeped in compromise after compromise for so many years that it it impossible to see such a man unravel his past behavior and go forward confidently into the Light of the New Damned Day. We really don't want or need an oleaginous swamp creature that is firmly routed in the muck and mire of the Dismal City to be the Speaker of the House after the disasterous Pelosi.
I still get a kick out of that word but I can't remember if was from the autobiography of RADM Dan Gallery, DDLM or from the biography of Arleigh Burke who used it to describe the Chief of Naval Operations Louis Denfeld. On the other hand, Denfeld replaced Nimitz and that was probably an impossible act to follow.