Democrats secured a majority in the House of Representatives as a result of the 2018 midterm elections and now that new members are taking their first steps on Washington, it is time for party leadership elections.
The first question on everyone’s mind: who will lead the legislative chamber as the next Speaker of the House?
Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi could pick up the speaker’s gavel and continue the work she began under the Bush and Obama administrations. But, will members of her party be willing to hand the gavel over to Pelosi?
There have been reports of a potential uprising within the Democrat Party with the intention of finding a new party leader, via the Daily Wire:
Democrats have a slim majority in the House of Representatives, and thus far it has been all but assumed that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would return to her position as House Speaker.
But that might not be as set in stone as many would assume. Ten Democrat congressmen — including incumbents and newly elected members — told Politico they would vote against Pelosi for House Speaker. Eight sitting members or their offices told Politico on Thursday they would vote against Pelosi, while two newly elected members had said the same on Tuesday.
Eight current Democrats are leading the anti-Pelosi effort, and reaching out to new members to try and get them on board, as many have called for “new leadership.”
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) led the call to organize against Pelosi on Wednesday, which included Reps. Bill Foster (D-IL), Seth Moulton (DMA), Kathleen Rice (D-NY), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Conor Lamb (D-PA), and Filemon Vela (D-TX). Campaign staff for incoming Reps. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) and Jason Crow (D-CO) have said they won’t vote for Pelosi.
It seems that even with the resistors, Pelosi could confortably win the speakership. She’s taking no chances though and is already making her case for the chamber’s top position—responsible for determining the flow of business for the chamber.
But, Pelosi’s defense is an odd one and ripped straight from the pages of the liberal playbook on identity politics. She can’t be voted out of the leadership role because she’s a woman, Pelosi argues.
Check it out, via Politico:
Nancy Pelosi is making gender a central part of her bid to reclaim the speaker’s gavel — leaning hard into the pitch that Democrats cannot oust the only woman at their leadership table following a historic election for women.
In addition to arguing she’s the best qualified for the job, the California Democrat and her allies are also framing a Pelosi victory as a matter of protecting political progress for women at a critical moment. Push her out, and men may take over the party at a time when more than 100 women are heading to Capitol Hill and after female voters have been thoroughly alienated by President Donald Trump. Embrace her, and she’ll prioritize legislation empowering women on issues ranging from equal pay to anti-harassment legislation.
At least two members quickly expressed support for the idea of electing Pelosi amid a new wave of women heading to the Capitol.
“I think it would look ridiculous if we win back the House… we have a pink wave with women who have brought back the House, then you’re going to not elect the leader who led the way? No,” said Democrat Congresswoman Lois Frankel. “That would be wrong.”
New Democrat Congresswoman Veronica Escobar added: “We have a president who is a misogynist, a president who has been antagonistic to women’s issues… There is no better person at the very top than her [Pelosi].”Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.