My oh my how quickly things sometimes change in our nation’s capital. On Monday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi was crowing about how “prepared” she and her House Democrat colleagues were to “take a prominent role” in a disputed election and help usher the “irresponsible” Donald Trump from office, as reported by my RedState colleague Jeff Charles. “We’re ready for him,” Pelosi declared.
Less than 24 hours after an election in which Pelosi’s Democrat majority was poised to expand its lead over House Republicans, voters instead rewarded the Republicans with five new seats, as reported by the New York Post.
And the crowing Pelosi, who is now eating crow? House Democrats are not only asking themselves “What the hell happened?“, as reported by Politico; the “rapid-fire finger-pointing” about who’s to blame for Tuesday’s embarrassing showing has already begun, and more than a few of those fingers are pointed directly at Pelosi herself.
While none of the disgruntled Dems have publicly called for Pelosi’s ouster, several have “privately speculated that what was just days ago expected to be a glide path to the speakership will be more difficult” after Tuesday’s disaster, according to Politico.
— New York Post (@nypost) November 5, 2020
“It’s a dumpster fire,” one Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday of how the party performed on election night, speaking anonymously to Politico.
Also speaking on the condition on the condition of anonymity, several “moderate” House Democrats told The Hill that they and other “centrists” were privately discussing the idea of backing a challenger to Pelosi, who spent four TDS-riddled years all but refusing to compromise with Trump on anything that might be perceived as a win for the president.
“It’s time for Democrats to elevate a new generation of leadership in both the House and the Senate,” one of the Democrats told The Hill. “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.
“While Democratic policies can adequately address those issues, our messaging mechanism clearly cannot,” they added.
In other words, they want not Pelosi.
Their choice of replacement, as reported by the New York Post, is House Democrat Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY). “He’s the only one prepared and positioned. He bridges moderates and progressives better than anyone. And most importantly, he’s not Nancy Pelosi,” one of the lawmakers told The Hill..
Gun sense victory! The voters of New York’s 8th Congressional District re-elected Gun Sense Congressman @Hakeem_Jeffries, Chair of the House Democratic Caucus.
— Everytown (@Everytown) November 4, 2020
Lest you think Jeffries is a “moderate,” in a February 2019 tweet he said he was “proud my “F rating from the NRA.” And unfortunately for Democrats eager to oust Pelosi and turn to Jeffries, the New York congressman is a close ally of the Speaker. In a statement, a spokesperson said he would not “make a play” for her position.
“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.”
The question is if a sufficient number of Democrats show up outside Pelosi’s Trump-loathing castle walls, torches in hand, and demand she step down, would Jeffries then be ready to take control of House Democrats? Of course, he would.
Thing is, given Pelosi’s iron-fist reign, if the Democrats are going to try to depose the Queen, they better get the job done. If not, as we’ve seen in the past when other attempts to replace Madam Speaker have failed, there will be hell to pay for those who mounted the latest ill-fated insurrection.
And what does the 80-year-old Speaker, whose mumbling nonsensical statements and vapor-locked brain sometimes rivals that of Joe Biden, think of stepping down — let alone being kicked to the curb?
In a Wednesday letter to Congress, as reported by the Post, the first female House Speaker in history called it a “challenging election.” As to the possibility of a shakeup of the Democrat leadership, a Pelosi spokesman said in a statement: “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.”
Uh-huh, but from the look of things, it appears that day will soon come. It appears that Pelosi’s Trump-loathing chickens might finally come home to roost.