This flirtation with the idea of a Democratic bloodbath over the House speakership was fun. I admit; a little part of me was hoping for a slog. It would’ve been a moment of shattered unity for the new Democratic House before the new sessions officially began. And I would have loved to see what Donald Trump would’ve have said, or done, to get Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the votes she would have needed if she fell short. Right now, some 16 or so House Democrats have formed a Never Nancy wing, adamant that they will not support her speakership bid. It held for a few days, but it collapsed. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), a potential alternative candidate, jumped ship, as did another supposed Never Pelosi Democrat, Brian Higgins. This little game is over, and Pelosi is probably going to get that gavel back. While this challenge was emanating from some new incoming members, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the New York Representative who has no clue how to pay for her Medicare for All scheme, said Nancy could count on her support (via The Hill):
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) endorsed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for Speaker on Wednesday, saying that Pelosi "can count on my support."
"All the challenges to Leader Pelosi are coming from her right, in an apparent effort to make the party even more conservative and bent toward corporate interests," Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.
"Hard pass. So long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker, she can count on my support."
The endorsement from Ocasio-Cortez, a high-profile incoming progressive Democrat, is the latest sign of broad momentum for Pelosi's bid to retake her Speaker position in the new Congress.
Five incoming members had joined a total of 16 House Democrats in signing a letter to colleagues last week urging a change in leadership.
One of those lawmakers to sign onto the letter, Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.), reversed his opposition and endorsed Pelosi on Wednesday.
It’s better this way, folks. Nancy is the face of the Democratic Party again, with an agenda that is so far left, coupled with politically motivated and utterly worthless House investigations that end up nowhere—Christmas has come early. And Trump will have the perfect ‘do-nothing Congress’ punching bag to pummel on the campaign trail in 2020, along with whomever the Democrats pick to run against him.
All the challenges to Leader Pelosi are coming from her right, in an apparent effort to make the party even more conservative and bent toward corporate interests.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 21, 2018
Hard pass. So long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate for Speaker, she can count on my support. https://t.co/yNVa8IorWY