November 16, 2016

CHANGE? House Democrats Pressure Nancy Pelosi After Trump’s Win.

One week after Democrats picked up only a fraction of the 20 House seats that they had once expected to gain, dozens of rank-and-file lawmakers at a closed-door meeting called on Mrs. Pelosi to delay leadership elections scheduled for Thursday. By the end of the meeting, she had done so, giving a faction of unhappy Democrats until Nov. 30 to potentially build support for an opposition candidate.

The coming leadership fight, in tandem with a separate battle over who will lead the Democratic National Committee, will expose fault lines within the Democratic Party that have been buried for years, cutting along the lines of race, class, geography and gender.

Those divisions have been easily finessed while President Barack Obama has been in power and served as a unifying force. But some lawmakers say they have felt growing anxiety for years about the party’s loss of support among the white working class, including many men who flocked to President-elect Donald Trump on Election Day.

As Speaker, Pelosi’s major achievements included a toxic asset removal program which didn’t remove any toxic assets, a stimulus which didn’t stimulate, and the ongoing slow-motion train wreck known as ObamaCare. Her tenure with the Speaker’s gavel, which began after a huge protest vote against President George Bush’s initial inability to mend a deteriorating situation in Iraq, ended in a stunning reversal just four years later with a protest vote against ObamaCare.

As Minority Leader since 2011, the best that can be said about Pelosi’s tenure is that she hasn’t passed any more expensive and/or disastrous legislation. Or, depending on your point of view, perhaps the best that can be said is that her efforts to win back the House never amounted to much.

Pelosi has been as bad for House Democrats as Obama has been for elected Democrats across the nation, and maybe now we’ve reached the point where even the lemmings are tired of being marched off the cliff.

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