November 16, 2016

REMEMBER WHEN IT WAS THE GOP THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO SELF-DESTRUCT AFTER THE ELECTION? Dems delay vote on picking leaders.

Facing heavy pressure from House Democrats, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday delayed the party’s leadership elections until the end of the month.

The move came amid a growing groundswell of frustration within the Democratic Caucus that the party’s message has failed to resonate with much of the country –– particularly among the rural, working-class voters who have shifted steadily toward the Republicans in recent cycles, lifting Donald Trump to his presidential victory last week.

Dozens of rank-and-file Democrats had pressed Pelosi to delay Thursday’s vote to allow “an internal conversation” about the party’s strategic path back to power, in the words of Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.), who led the charge. That push reached a fever pitch at a closed-door Democratic meeting Tuesday morning in the Capitol, where a long string of Democrats, siding with Moulton, voiced their opposition to a vote this week.

“The American people cried out last week and we’ve got to listen,” Moulton said afterward.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), another vocal proponent of delaying the vote, said the move was not a shot at Pelosi, but a signal to voters that Democrats are aware the party’s message has failed to resonate, and they’re seeking ways to be more effective.

“This is a message to our constituents, saying we have heard you, we have clearly missed the mark [in] regards to legislation and messaging, and we’re going to work on this to make sure that we’re an effective caucus to put up the opposition to Donald Trump and to make sure that he is only a one-term president,” Gallego said.

Those lawmakers have stopped short of calling for new leadership, but the two-week delay until Nov. 30 conceivably gives more time for lawmakers to mount a potential challenge to Pelosi.

I don’t see why the Democrats would want to have Pelosi as leader, when everyone from Lena Dunham to Samantha Bee to the Hillary campaign survivors has been telling us that white women are the worst.

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