Moderate Dems reportedly eye Pelosi replacement amid dismal election results

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Despite a potential victory by Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden, the fact remains that Democrats got “crushed” on Election Day, as The Week has put it.

As a result, self-appointed Democrat “Queen” Nancy Pelosi, the current Speaker of the House, may be on the verge of facing her political judgment day.

According to a report from The Hill published Wednesday, bubbling disappointment over Tuesday’s results has led “moderate” and “centrist” Democrats into discussing the prospect of appointing the first non-Pelosi Democrat speaker since 1995.

“Heading into the polls, Pelosi enjoyed the overwhelming support of her caucus — facing no threat of a Speakership challenge — and Democratic leaders were eyeing big gains to their majority, with some estimates in the double digits,” The Hill reported.

“But the early returns revealed a different reality: Not only did Democrats lose a number of their most vulnerable members, they had not picked off a single Republican incumbent heading into Wednesday evening.”

They got “crushed,” as Damon Linker put it in a column for The Week.  He added, “(T)his is not a moment for Democrats to celebrate.”

Indeed. It’s a moment that’s instead, inspired some Democrats to begin “questioning the strategic decisions that guided their party’s message throughout the campaign,” according to Hill.

And that means questioning Pelosi, though not all of the questioning is equal in legitimacy.

“Pelosi needed to hammer Trump but instead she chose to let him slide. Last night should have been a bloodbath for Republicans,” one former senior Democrat aide told The Hill.

What? Pelosi constantly hammered Trump. If anything, the argument could be made that she spent more time attacking the president than she did pursuing legislation.

Speaking with The Hill, another Democrat — this one an elected member of Congress — offered what appeared to be more legitimate criticism.

“It’s time for Democrats to elevate a new generation of leadership in both the House and the Senate. Americans are clearly afraid of ‘socialism,’ want safe streets and neighborhoods and to vote for people who they believe will help put more money in their pockets,” he or she said.

That sounded about right.

“While Democratic policies can adequately address those issues, our messaging mechanism clearly cannot,” the lawmaker added.

Of course, Pelosi has taken to ignoring complaints against her.

“Today is not about the race for Speaker. Today is about the race for the White House and ensuring that our Members and candidates in uncalled races have the support they need. That is our focus,” her chief spokesperson told The Hill in an email.

But her decision to ignore the growing sentiment around her may lead to her ruin.

The Hill noted that “moderate” and “centrist” Democrats like the unnamed lawmaker have begun “the process of reaching out to all of the ‘suburban survivors’ of Tuesday night’s elections and had already spoken to two dozen members from various factions of the caucus, including the Congressional Black Caucus, Progressive Caucus, New Democrat Coalition and bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus.”

At the moment, they’re reportedly eyeing House Democrat Caucus chair, Hakeem Jeffries, as Pelosi’s successor, though it’s unclear if he’s the “moderate” they appear to think he is.

Last year Jeffries labeled President Donald Trump — a man who’s on track to win the highest share of minority votes since 1960 — “the Grand Wizard of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue” …

Jeffries has, for his part, expressed disinterest in the job and echoed Pelosi’s desire to focus on the election for the time being.

“As we wait for every vote to be counted in the most pivotal election in our lifetime, keeping the House Democratic Caucus unified on behalf of the American people has never been more important. Representative Jeffries is running to serve a second term as Chairman of the vibrant House Democratic Caucus in the 117th Congress,” his spokesperson said to The Hill.

If “moderate” and “centrist” Democrats do indeed wind up pushing for Pelosi’s ouster, what remains to be seen is whether they’ll be successful.

Two years ago, radical freshmen Democrats such as Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, tried then to replace Pelosi but wound up eventually taking a knee to the Queen.

If Democrats take a knee to Pelosi again, it’d certainly behoove Republicans, who have and will likely continue to make her the stars of their hard-hitting political ads.

Vivek Saxena


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