NOW IF THE NEW YORK TIMES WANTS TO WRITE ABOUT DISARRAY, THEY MIGHT LOOK TO THE LEFT AND THE DEMOCRATS …
The House Democrats delayed their leadership elections until after Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 30. Democrats are scrambling after the 2016 elections that saw them lose the White House and continue to be in the minority in the House and Senate. If the New York Times wants to write about a party in disarray, they might want to focus on the Democrats. It was supposed to be a glorious night and an all but sure thing, with a Hillary win, recapturing the Senate and picking up 10 to 20 House seats. None of it happened. Now Democrats are scrambling. They are looking for a new DNC chairperson and possibly new leadership in the House. Note to NY Times, that would be called disarray.
Nancy Pelosi’s hold on the House Democratic Caucus is being tested.
Fresh off an Election Day embarrassment, and facing an uprising from her rank-and-file members, Pelosi grudgingly agreed to postpone leadership elections scheduled for Thursday. Democrats will now vote for their leaders on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
The delay is designed to give Democrats time to figure out why they failed to make bigger gains against a Republican ticket led by Donald Trump. Instead of picking up the 10 to 20 seats they had once hoped — or even the majority they secretly dreamed about — Democrats have netted only a half-dozen seats so far, with some races still to be called.
This poor showing has led to a serious round of finger-pointing among Democrats. The culprits range from Hillary Clinton to FBI Director James Comey to their own leadership’s failure to craft an economic message that would appeal to rural white voters.
Pelosi doesn’t appear to be in any serious danger of being ousted. For starters, no one has come forward yet to challenge her, though Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is cautiously weighing a bid for minority leader.