Robert Gehl writes now Democrats are beginning to crumble.
The human pyramid of tears, lies, and seething rage that has been holding the party together is starting to crumble and it seems the first to fall will be the senile old lady at the top: Nancy Pelosi.
Still reeling from Tuesday’s thumping in the Georgia Congressional election, Democrats are turning inward and looking for someone to blame for what is their fourth post-Trump loss in a row.
The Minority Leader is increasingly being seen as the face of stagnation within the party – the brains behind a party that once controlled the levers of power and are now relegated to the cheap seats.
She is in no real danger of losing her seat or her position – yet. But there are sharks circling.
“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top,” Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Tex., told Politico. “Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost, but she certainly is one of the reasons.”
As Speaker of the House in 2009, Fox News reports, Pelosi presided over a 255-seat majority which was wiped out by the next election, when Democrats fell to 193 seats. In three election cycles since then, Pelosi’s party has netted a single House seat.
And Democrats running for election are throwing Pelosi off the bus.
The Democratic Party needs new leadership now. If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. Time to move forward and win again.
— Joe Cunningham (@JoeCunninghamSC) June 21, 2017
Democrat Joe Cunningham, running to unseat Republican Mark Sanford in South Carolina, tweeted soon after announcing his candidacy: “If elected, I will not vote for Nancy Pelosi for speaker. Time to move forward and win again.”
Rep. Kathleen Rice, a New York Democrat, told CNN “we need a leadership change. It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to go, and the entire leadership team.”
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ran against Pelosi in the last leadership election, didn’t invoke his former rival by name, but did by association, saying the Democratic product has grown spoiled and rotten in recent years.
“Here is the truth: the Democratic Party has a toxic brand, one that is worse than Donald Trump’s in many parts of the country,” Ryan wrote in a Medium post.
Of course – not one to hold back – President Donald Trump weighed in and said he hoped that Pelosi sticks around.
I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
“I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out,” he wrote. “That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!”