Nancy Pelosi says she has the votes to return to as Speaker of the House. Should she?

By |2018-11-16T20:58:46-08:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |11 Comments

Nancy Pelosi’s name came up over and over again in midterm political races, on both sides, and some newly elected House members swore they would never support her as Speaker of the House. So now what?

Courtesy of WaPo:

An unbowed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) insisted Thursday that she has the votes to become the chamber’s speaker despite opposition from more than a dozen Democrats who want fresh leadership when the party takes control next year.

“I have overwhelming support in my caucus to be speaker of the House,” Pelosi told reporters. “I happen to think at this point, I’m the best person for that.”

Jockeying among the pro-Pelosi and anti-Pelosi factions intensified Thursday, including within the Congressional Black Caucus.

The group has traditionally been a strong source of support for Pelosi — at least a dozen of its members have endorsed her speakership bid — but its chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) signaled Thursday that he is willing to consider an alternative: Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio).

Fudge has not announced her candidacy for the post but said Thursday that she has been taken aback by the number of people urging her to run.

Vox has a list of House members who have come out publicly against Pelosi.

They include;

Tim Ryan (D-OH)
Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Kathleen Rice (D-NY)
Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)
Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
Filemon Vela Jr. (D-TX)
Stephen Lynch (D-MA)
Marcia Fudge (D-OH)
Bill Foster (D-IL)
Brian Higgins (D-NY)
Linda Sanchez (D-CA)
Jim Cooper (D-TN)
Rep.-elect Jeff Van Drew (D-NJ)
Rep.-elect Joe Cunningham (D-SC)
Rep.-elect Max Rose (D-NY)
Rep.-elect Anthony Brindisi (D-NY)

That is sixteen members of Congress who do not want Nancy Pelosi as the House Speaker. 

But why?

Nancy Pelosi became a House member in 1987 but was only the Speaker from 2007 through 2010. 

In those four years, Pelosi managed to raise the minimum wage for the first time in a decade, push through two stimulus bills to save the economy, one under President Bush and one under President Obama, raise gas mileage standards, increase spending on veterans, and was invaluable in getting the votes needed to pass Obamacare, which many agree is perhaps the most significant piece of legislation passed since Medicare. 

If the Congress had not been lost to the Republicans in 2010 there is no doubt that Pelosi would have accomplished much, much more. 

I should also remind you that the reason the Republicans attacked Pelosi so aggressively during this midterm is NOT that she is ineffective at her job, it is because they fear just how effective she will be. 

It is the same tactic they used against Hillary Clinton and now people hate Hillary and do not understand why. 

The same is true of Nancy Pelosi. 

So here we are again with the House in the hands of the Democrats, we only know for sure we have it for two years, and we have tons of work to get done in that amount of time. 

In my opinion, we simply do not have the luxury of bringing a new Speaker of the House up to speed, we need somebody who can hit the ground running, and I think Pelosi has been running in place for the last eight years in anticipation of taking back the reins. 

Let me put it this way, if Pelosi is doing the vote counting, we know things will proceed quickly. 

For anybody new that is not a certainty. 

If my vote were to count it would be a definite yes for Pelosi.

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  1. Anonymous November 15, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    It doesn’t matter. The Democratic Party has a slight majority in the House of Representatives. As was predicted. That is it.

    They effectively have no power.

    But it should be entertaining to watch them fight for the Speaker role. I say Crazy Maxine!

    Although Fudge has a pretty entertaining name. Speaker Fudge lol.

    • Anonymous November 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

      All you need is a slight majority . Stay tuned and watch that “no power” remark of yours explode.
      You are spot on Gryph.

      • Anonymous November 16, 2018 at 8:45 pm

        No power.

  2. Anonymous November 15, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    She can waltz into chambers with a bull whip (oops, that’s third wife), and nothing is going to change.
    This country has absolutely lost its mind.

  3. Paul November 15, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    As a Californian, I agree with you 100%. Even though there are several good names on the list, let’s not waste time fighting over who should be speaker. Now the second in command, Hoyer, should be replaced.

  4. Anonymous November 15, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    g. i believe you have caught on to how the republicans think and do. also, i am seeing naysayers on this blog. are these trolls?

  5. a November 15, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    Let’s be bipartisan and work with the repubes just the did.

    Mitch the bitch has already been making nice.

    Can I get a witness?

    Signed Merrick Garlands Supreme Court nomination aka Goresuck.

  6. AK Lynne November 15, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    I fully agree with you on Nancy Pelosi. She smart and experienced. I hope she makes it easily.

  7. White Rabbit November 15, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Spot on Gryph. You nailed the argument for Pelosi.

  8. The Inadequates November 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    The contrast between Pelosi and Ryan is immense.
    Ryan plays Eye Of The Tiger as the soundtrack of his team bonding over non-erections (see morning of ACA repeal vote).
    Pelosi doesn’t do that.

  9. Anonymous November 17, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Fine. Just as long as that spineless loser Schumer is replaced. We don’t need a “leader” who is going to roll over and give McConnell everything he wants so he can leave town early.

    I still haven’t forgiven the Democrats for failing to fight McConnell’s obstruction of Merrick Garland. McConnell isn’t the only one responsible for that. The Democrats that didn’t fight it tooth and nail are just as culpable.

    Schumer needs to GO.

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