House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi raised tens of millions and crisscrossed the country to help secure a Democrat majority in the U.S. House. But the Herculean task of gaining a majority in the lower house of Congress may have been just the first hurdle in the far-left politician’s bid to become Speaker of the House.
With her prediction of a giant “Blue Wave” reduced to a slim majority ripple, Pelosi finds herself in the muck as insurgent Democrats are vying to oust her from party leadership. The veteran politician who held the post from 2007-2011 has already submitted her bid for speaker of the 116th Congress.
“My vision for the next two years is to restore the House to the role it should have as a strong and independent voice for the American people and maximize the ability and the creativity of our entire Caucus,“ Pelosi reportedly said. “In that spirit, I am writing to respectfully request your support for Speaker and do so with confidence and humility.”
But vocal Democrats have been calling for new leadership even before the mid-terms, and those sentiments were echoed on Election Day. Moderate Democrats across the country distanced themselves from the liberal extremism coming out of regions such as New York and Pelosi’s home state of California. Sanctuary cities, open borders, and calls for violence in the streets by high-profile liberals such as Rep. Maxine Waters are unpalatable to everyday Americans. On Main Street USA, harassing fellow Americans and raising taxes is not generally considered doing the people’s work.
With Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer beholding to their left-wing financial backers, the “resist” and “obstruct” platform may continue unless there is a changing of the guard. Unhappy incumbent Democrats and freshmen are more inclined to represent the interests of their constituents than bow to the radical policy positions being underwritten.
Anti-Pelosi Democrats believe the long-standing power broker has a serious math problem on her hands. Some insiders believe that she could not stand to lose more than a dozen votes. At least that number have been openly critical of Pelosi and at three are firmly against Pelosi maintaining a leadership role.
According to reports, incoming reps. Jason Crow of Colorado and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia are on the record as “no” votes. Pennsylvania’s Rep. Conor Lamb famously won a traditionally red seat by running an anti-Pelosi campaign. Another seven Democrats reportedly say they oppose her reclaiming the gavel, including Reps. Haley Stevens, Mikie Sherrill, Jeff Van Drew, Anthony Brindisi, Rashida Tlaib, Joe Cunningham and Jahana Hayes. Two others are on the record saying they want new leadership altogether. That dozen of disgruntled Democrats could be enough to throw the vote to someone else.
That being said, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan may again challenge Pelosi for the leadership of House Democrats. He lost a bid to unseat her as minority leader on a 63-134 vote after Pres. Trump and the GOP trounced Democrats in the 2016 elections.
But his more even-tempered approach appears far more attractive this time around. His steady legislative work has kept his name in play as a potential 2020 presidential nominee. With Senate Democrats such as Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris disgracing themselves during the run-up to the mid-terms, Rep. Ryan could have strong voter appeal. But there appears to be a recent wrinkle unfolding ahead of the Democrats’ plan to caucus in late-November ahead of the Jan. 3 speaker vote.
Following the mid-terms, Pres. Trump was quick to congratulate Pelosi on her win and appears to be endorsing her for speaker.
“In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats,” Pres. Trump reportedly tweeted. “If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!”
The pair reportedly had what the president called a “very warm conversation” after the vote. Pres. Trump has even stated the GOP might throw their support ensure she becomes speaker.
But anyone who follows the political maneuvers of Pres. Trump understands he likes to win. Having Pelosi in place as an icon of radical policies would serve to garner more support for his America First policies.
~ Patriotic Freedom Fighter