With soon to be ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision to stay on as House Minority Leader in the new Congress, it had appeared that one of the other Democrats now in House Leadership would have to step aside to make room for Pelosi's step down.
Now, however, it appears that a compromise position has been created to head off the impasse.
Pelosi is set to squeeze out Maryland Congressman Steny Hoyer as Minority Leader. As a result, Hoyer is set to squeeze out South Carolina Democrat James Clyburn as Whip.
Clyburn, however, was not about to give up his seat at the table, setting up a potential public battle between Clyburn and Hoyer.
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, who reversed course after initially saying that Hoyer and not Pelosi was the right leader to take Democrats forward, stayed away from a public endorsement of Hoyer as whip.
“Congressman Yarmuth expects that a compromise will be reached between Clyburn and Hoyer before next week’s scheduled vote," spokesman Trey Pollard said on Friday, "And – if not – he will make a decision at that time.”
Politico reports that Pelosi is creating a new position for Clyburn:
Pelosi announced the new post and her plan to install Clyburn in it, in a letter to colleagues earlier Saturday. "Should I receive the privilege of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will be very honored to nominate our outstanding colleague, Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, to serve in the No. 3 House Democratic position. I will also ask the Caucus to designate that position as Assistant Leader," Pelosi said.