Nancy Pelosi Gets Some VERY Bad News
The Democrats got completely destroyed in last week’s election, as they lost control of both the House and Senate as well as the presidency. As a result, House Democrats have decided to postpone party leadership elections until after Thanksgiving, and the election will take place on November 30. It turns out that this doesn’t bode well for longtime Dem leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi…
The Federalist Papers reported that this decision was made during an emotional closed-door meeting last Thursday.
“We just had a shellacking. We just got a shellacking last Tuesday. We got an unexpected defeat and we’ve got to recalibrate it and decide how we go forward,” Pelosi supporter and Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield told CNN. “It’s just like death. There are difference stages of grief you go through.”
The Democratic Party is currently in a state of disarray, and a young group of Democrats have emerged with the goal of changing things up in the wounded party. While no formal challenger has surfaced to take on Pelosi, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has become the de facto leader of the younger group of House Democrats. The younger group has been organizing behind the scenes to review Democratic leadership in the wake of last week’s results. By Monday, Pelosi’s young challengers had gathered 33 signatures to a letter seeking a thorough review of why Democrats lost so badly, but this letter did not specifically call for a challenger to House speaker.
While speaking about the Democratic loss, Ryan called the vote delay a “good first step” and said what he thinks the party needs to do in the future.
“We lost those voters and we’ve got to find a way to get them back in. And it starts with a message that resonates in the fly-over states,” Ryan said. “Who is the leader who can going into the Southern states? Who can going into the Midwestern states? That’s the question, that’s the discussion we need to have.”
“It sounds like it’s clear you’re not ruling out challenging Pelosi for the leadership,” said Jim Sciutto of CNN’s The Lead.
“I’m not, and I don’t think anyone else is. I think there are a lot of people having conversations right now,” Ryan responded.
After the original meeting, Pelosi claimed the delay wouldn’t mean “very much because we’ll be out for Thanksgiving. But we’ll have for the rest of this week to go over some issues.” However, a Democrat who was in the meeting said Pelosi was pressured to move forward sooner on the decision rather than later by fellow Democrats and the media.
A Democrat who supports Pelosi spoke out to defend her, saying that most of the anger has been directed at the Clinton campaign for dragging down the rest of the ticket. The source then added that even if Pelosi is able to stay, there will be a need for a change of leadership among Democrats.
“Our caucus needs a change, but it’s not at the top. Replacing a woman with a white male would mean that the next time our nation’s leaders meet — the President with Senate and House leaders — will look like the first time our nation’s leaders met,” the Democrat said, referring to Tim Ryan’s possible candidacy.
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