Think what you may of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but the California liberal would not have remained perched atop the Democratic Party leadership as long as she has without a little shrewdness.
And her reign will continue as it’s widely expected that she’ll regain the speaker’s gavel now that her party is in the majority again in the House — even though there are more than a few in her party who have serious reservations about her.
Katie Frates, managing editor at Olympic Media, appeared on “Fox & Friends” to lay out the magic behind the “power of Pelosi,” as characterized by host Griff Jenkins.
“She has certainly got I think we can say sugar and spice and everything nice,” Frates said. “She is definitely wooing these members. But one of the problems is that as speaker, that position has actually lost a lot of the power it used to have when had you earmark reforms.”
“She can’t necessarily say I will give you money for X if you vote for me,” she continued. “Now she gives out chairmanships. She is creating leadership positions to make people feel important. And she is trying to do that to help content with this influx now of Democratic representatives that are far more left than she is.
Members like Rep.-elect Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the democratic socialist from New York, who took to Twitter last week to pledge her support for Pelosi, claiming the only opposition in the party was from “her right.”
“So long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker, she can count on my support,” she tweeted.
All the challenges to Leader Pelosi are coming from her right, in an apparent effort to make the party even more conservative and bent toward corporate interests.
Hard pass. So long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker, she can count on my support. https://t.co/yNVa8IorWY
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 21, 2018
(It was instructive that AFTER Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to a report Friday on climate control that a “green new deal” select committee was needed that Pelosi echoed the sentiment in a tweet of her own.)
But Frates said that at some point, Pelosi will have to pay the piper.
“I think this is eventually going to come back to bite her,” she insisted. “You can only promise so much without eventually having to pay out on those promises.”
Jenkins asked Frates what a Pelosi speakership says to young Democrats and she offered a surprising analysis that Republicans may appreciate (and goes a long way toward explaining President Trump’s supportive words toward Pelosi).
“I think it says to them that while they may be ready for change, Washington and the people they just put in power clearly are not ready for change,” Frates said, adding it “must be very frustrating for them.”
“But I think that you possibly, at least for Republicans, you do want Nancy Pelosi as speaker because at least she understands that the way forward is not all investigations and impeachment and peril. She understands there is a fine line you have to walk,” Frates concluded
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