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.
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.
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.