WHEN DEMOCRATS ATTACK THEIR OWN …
In the wake of the Georgia 6th District House special election loss where Democrats threw everything but the kitchen sink into the race, including $35 million in the special elections, Democrats are looking for answers and looking to House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi to blame. In election cycle after election cycle House Democrats have not been able to take back control. In fact, it was on her watch that Democrats lost control of the House. Some how in all of this she has managed to maintain her power. But for how long? Now, a number of Democrats are renewing their calls for Pelosi to step aside. On Wednesday Democrat Rep. Kathleen Rice of Long Island, New York, said, “We need leadership change. It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.” The question is, do the Democrats have the guts to rid the party of her? The GOP sure does not hope so.
The Democrats are going through a power shift similar to what happened for Republicans during the 2016 elections. The Democrat party is about to have a civil war for the heart of the party. Will it go further LEFT or more to the middle?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other top Democrats put a brave face on Wednesday morning after a disappointing loss in the Georgia special election, yet there is no disguising the unhappiness in the party ranks.
There is no challenge to Pelosi’s leadership, and none is going to happen at this point, said numerous Democrats. But it’s clear frustration is growing with the longtime Democratic leader following the extensive losses Democrats have suffered over the past half-decade.
And the fact that Republicans spent millions of dollars on TV ads tying Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff to Pelosi — and the brand of progressive policies she represents — shows that she will once again be an issue for Democratic challengers in the very districts that the party needs to win to make her speaker again.
Some Democrats want to replace Pelosi atop their caucus, as they have since last November’s poor showing at the polls; they say there is no way to get back in the majority with her as their leader. And others who backed her in last year’s leadership challenge have now flipped their stance.
“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), who supported Pelosi in her last leadership race. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons.”
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who challenged Pelosi for minority leader in November, wouldn’t comment directly whether she should step down, saying only, “My position hasn’t changed.”
Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), who backed a challenge to Pelosi last year, said the results of the Ossoff race further underscore that Pelosi should let someone else take the reins.
“There comes a time when every leader has to say, ‘For the good of the order and for the betterment of the party, it’s time for me to step aside.’ And I wish that that would happen right now,” Rice said in an interview. “This is not a personal thing. I want to get back in the majority.”
“I think it’s very concerning that that tactic still has some punch,” Ryan said. “Again, it’s part of the broader national brand that average people don’t feel connected to the Democratic Party. Walk up the street and ask 10 people what the Democrats stand for, you’ll get 10 different answers. That’s no way to build a national party.”