July 8, 2017
I personally support Nancy Pelosi remaining in power, given that she is so universally hated.
Funny situation though.
The levels of gross corruption in the Democrat Party certainly isn’t helping their rebranding efforts.
House Democrats are pushing back against the small but vocal group of colleagues trying to oust Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), fearing the internal rift is damaging the party’s chances of winning back the House next year.
Whatever you think of Pelosi’s leadership, these voices say, the middle of the cycle is no time to attempt an insurrection.
“We ought to be focused on 2018 [and] not be distracted by who we have [as leader] right now,” said Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Texas). “We can’t be talking about this … right after we had a November election.
“We’ve got to focus on 2018. After that, we can have a conversation.”
You’re going to lose badly in 2018 either way.
So I don’t really see what difference it makes.
The insurgent Democrats, led by Reps. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), contend that the liberal Pelosi, after four straight losing election cycles, projects the wrong image for the party and should step aside — or be forced out — to allow a new generation of leaders to take the helm.
Moulton is stressing the urgency of a leadership change, arguing that the Democrats can’t win back the majority with Pelosi as the leader, so why wait for the next losing cycle to make the switch?
“There is clearly a desire to have this discussion and to do something — and to do something now,” Moulton told The Hill last week as Congress was preparing to leave town for the July Fourth recess.
“Another reporter recently suggested that people think we should wait until after 2018. I have not heard that from anybody — absolutely not,” Moulton added. “Some people may say that on the record, you know, for political purposes. But we want to win 2018.”
Moulton, 38, who had huddled before the recess with Rice and roughly a dozen other dissenting Democrats, said those “conversations” would continue over the break and beyond.
“We don’t want to wait until after we lose again to make the changes we know we need to make,” he said.
I don’t think anyone likes Pelosi or thinks she’s a good leader.
Basically, the point is, she does represent the Democrat Party’s value system, so replacing her serves no purpose.
But a growing number of Democrats, representing a crosscut of regions and ideologies, say blaming Pelosi for the Democrats’ losses is misguided because any leader the Democrats seat will instantly become the target of similar GOP attack ads.
“It’s being taken out of context,” said Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “If it was a [Steny] Hoyer, or if it was a [James] Clyburn, or if it was whoever — Linda Sanchez — anyone we would elect would have a negative in certain parts of the country.”
Yeah, that’s my point.
All criticisms of Pelosi apply to the whole party.
The only potential difference is to put in a more charismatic individual.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) agreed, citing the Republicans’ attack ads on former Speaker Tip O’Neil (D-Mass.) amid the oil crisis of 1980.
“They demonized him. They made commercials with him looking like a fat, out-of-touch guy who was laughing all the way while the car was running out of gas,” Connolly said. “Two years later he’s the hero of senior citizens [for] protecting Social Security and protecting the country against the ravages of Ronald Reagan.
“Things change, images can change,” he added. “Public opinion can be very fickle.”
With that in mind, many Democrats say, Pelosi’s public dissenters are undermining the party’s efforts to forge a 2018 economic message and contrast it against that of President Trump and the Republicans.
Well, same time as there’s no reason to switch her out, there’s no reason not to.
The message is going to be the same no matter what: “TRUMP BAD.”
So who cares?
“Members are getting pretty tired of these ‘Democrats divided,’ stories,” said a Democratic aide keeping tabs on the ongoing saga.
Pelosi’s detractors, who had tried unsuccessfully to oust the long-time leader after November’s elections, revived that effort last month after the Democrats lost four straight special elections.
Those contests were all in deeply red districts, but many Democrats — energized by President Trump’s dismal approval ratings — saw the opportunity for an early upset. That was particularly true in Georgia’s sixth district, where the Democrats spent almost $25 million only to walk away with another loss.
Honestly, I think Pelosi is getting a bad deal here.
I don’t really see what she’s done wrong, other than being repulsive and senile.
Politically, she’s doing the same thing any Democrat leader would be doing.
This is all they’re got: saying Trump is like poop.
Unless they decided to completely redirect the part into some kind of full-Bernism communism, which isn’t sustainable because brown people don’t care about that and normal white people think it is insane.
The poor Democrats have no real options other than somehow thwarting Donald Trump. And with the Russia story buried and the main narrative now being “Trump is trying to get the media killed because we hoaxed that Russia story against him,” it’s going to be an extremely hard fight.
If the Republicans can clean house, we will effectively be looking at a one-party system by 2020.