House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may not have the “House Speaker” title attached to her name for much longer if Democrats continue to show her a cold shoulder. The two latest Democrats appear to be two of the newest, as Cori Bush and Jamal Bowman refused to indicate whether or not they’d vote her into the position.
According to the Daily Wire, a recent interview with Bush and Bowman on CNN came around to asking the two if they’d support Pelosi’s bid for Speaker and neither of them said anything directly:
“What I’m going to do is make sure that the voices of the people of St. Louis are heard, and that we have what we need, and so you’ll find out then,” Bush, who has been called the latest addition to the “Squad,” told CNN host Dana Bash after offering a mild chuckle. “I’m working with my community,” she added.
Incoming progressive Congressman Jamal Bowman (D-NY), who was also featured in the interview, answered the Pelosi question in the same way. “You will find out when my vote is tallied. And again, organizing with our community to figure out what’s best.”
The CNN host tried to push the duo on what exactly they were waiting to hear from their communities about before committing to a speakership vote, but ran out of time for Bush to answer after the duo talked over each other twice. Bowman simply blurted out that the country needs reparations for slavery, a jobs guarantee, and Medicare for All.
No one seems to be opposing Pelosi’s run at the moment, but with the Democrats losing seats to the Republicans and radicals taking over the Democrat Party, Pelosi’s friends are becoming few and far between. What’s more, this is the same Pelosi that found herself in opposition to her own party on several occasions, furthering the divide between her and the Democrats.
Among those seemingly calling for Pelosi’s departure is the unofficial leader of the Democrat Party, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who advocated for the party to move on from Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer earlier this month.
“I do think we need new leadership in the Democratic Party,” said AOC. “I think one of the things that I have struggled with, I think that a lot of people struggle with, is the internal dynamics of the House has made it such that there [are] very little options for succession.”
It’s unclear what Pelosi’s timeline looks like in terms of her leadership position in the party, but we do know that it’s short.