I hopped on a conference call with Nancy Pelosi a little late today, and didn’t find much to report. She was focused on the election and the choice voters have to face, and didn’t want to hear much about dissension within the Democratic ranks. Someone asked a question about members running away from the health care bill, and she insisted that “the plural of anecdote is not data,” that “at least 200 members are out there boasting the HC bill,” and that everybody is running their own race in their own district, and some issues work in those districts better than others.

But I have to think Pelosi is none too happy about Democratic candidates, receiving money from Democratic campaign sources, touting their intentions to vote against her for Speaker:

Or this one from Jim Marshall, which opens with the kind of lame parody of hippie San Franciscans you’d expect out of a Sarah Palin fever dream:

(h/t Digby)

The Speaker can talk all she wants about how this doesn’t bother her, but regardless of that, it has a lasting impact in the country. You have a very loud segment of a national political party going out of their way to denigrate the leaders of that party. Some people think this makes the Democratic tent bigger and more able to gain majorities, but last I checked, Republicans held Congress for 12 years and are poised to return to that majority after just a four-year respite. The only difference in 2006 and 2008 was awful performance from George W. Bush and a leader of the DNC who actually stood for something. This strategy of self-flagellation only seems to show up when Democrats are sure to lose. In fact, you could see the two circumstances as intimately connected.

Marshall, keep in mind, is proudly accepting funding from the Chamber of Commerce, the organization at the top of the news over using the same account for campaign spending that they use to collect money from foreign companies. So he’s undermining Democratic themes in addition to its leaders.

I guess I just don’t know what Marshall or Bright gets out of the exchange. They don’t vote very often with Democrats, they don’t seem too happy about being associated with Democrats. They have to tell their district every two years that they can’t stand themselves for being Democrats.

Why are they Democrats?