Looks like George Miller finally realized that he’s never getting that House Education/Workforce* chairmanship back: “Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), a close ally of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), announced Monday that he will not seek reelection in 2014.” The seat, alas, is D+17; and Miller is probably not leaving because he got caught at something. However, it’s always nice to see the Other Side lose just a little bit more of its institutional knowledge**. Normally wouldn’t matter so much under a competent Minority Leader (entropy eventually wins all bets); but then, Nancy Pelosi is hardly competent…
*Under Miller it was temporarily called Education/Labor. I mention this largely because rust never sleeps.
**That’s me being polite and not saying that George Miller was a prime example of the barnacle class of legislator. He’s getting lauded right now, sure: but what the heck did he do during his tenure that a younger, more vigorous progressive legislator could not have done? Spoiler warning: not much.