The shots were fired after the Democrats' loss in Georgia’s sixth congressional election (some even before that), the most expensive House race in U.S. history. Nancy Pelosi has to go. She’s clogging the spot and the next crop of Democratic leaders; a small one indeed, has to take the reins. Democrat Jon Ossoff clinched 48 percent in the Georgia jungle primary only to spend another $30 million…to get 48 percent and lose to Republican Karen Handel. A lot on the Left pointed to Nancy Pelosi becoming a rallying cry for Republicans. Multiple cycles have passed; with promises of returning Democrats back to the majority have failed miserably. Yet, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) mounted a challenge to Pelosi’s leadership and lost handily. Is that the end? No.
For NBC News reporter Alex Seitz-Wald, he says support for Pelosi is collapsing; the dam is beginning to break. He mentioned this to MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson today:
“This was always something you heard in private, whispered behind the scenes from Democratic lawmakers, Democratic candidates—the elephant in the room, maybe the donkey in the room since we’re talking about Democrats here, but I do think the dam is kind of breaking you’re seeing more and more people and more senior people speaking out against it [Pelosi].
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA), the vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, the fifth most senior Democrat, recently called on Pelosi, Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Assistant Minority Leader James Clyburn (D-SC) to step down. Even California Democrats are souring on Pelosi. For the Democrats running in the targeted races for the 2018 midterms, all of them expect for one, declined to say whether Pelosi should retain her leadership position. Seitz-Wald also said that the leadership of the Democrats is older, while the base has become increasingly younger and more progressive. They’re keen on seeing the geezers get the boot, despite the far left’s darling—Bernie Sanders—being a senior citizen. Regardless, some Democrats know the truth: the party is in trouble. In some parts of the country, Pelosi is more unpopular than Trump. And it doesn’t help when a key member of the leadership doesn’t know what the hell she’s talking about. In August, Pelosi said that her party has won every fight against the Republicans this year. I guess she skipped the swearing in ceremonies of Karen Handel, Greg Gianforte, and other Republicans who have won special elections this year.
Maybe Pelosi knows the writing is on the wall. On Sunday, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos asked if she more or less was going to make her exit; Pelosi deployed evasive maneuvers, but not before saying, “It’s up to the caucus to select its next leaderships. I enjoy the support of my caucus.”