December 6, 2016

Democratic Civil War: Democrats “Resigned” To Nancy Pelosi

Over 30% of the House Democratic Caucus voted against Nancy Pelosi last week. Now a new Politico story shows that the unrest festering within the Democratic caucus has not gone away with that election. The story explores the private sentiments of House Democrats and shows that they are “resigned” to Pelosi’s continued control of the top job. It also reveals that the public statements about Pelosi are not reiterated behind closed doors:

“Publicly, Democrats say it’s the message, not the messengers, that resulted in their Election Day drubbing. They picked up only six seats — barely a ripple in Republicans’ historic House majority — despite months of boastful, big-pickup forecasts. Privately, several members say they’re just resigned to the fact that long-time Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will run the show however long she feels like it, until she wants to leave.”

That’s the kind of two-faced public/private flip-flopping that would make Hillary Clinton proud. Still those that backed Tim Ryan’s challenge are no longer afraid to explain publicly how poor the mood is among House Democrats:

“’She’ll be there as long as she wants,’ said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), who backed challenger Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in the race for Pelosi’s job last week. The mood of the caucus is ‘frustrated, upset, resigned,’ he added.”

Unfortunately for those Democrats, Pelosi shows no sign of changing, saying Sunday, “I don’t think people want a new direction.” And that’s good news — Democrats’ continued failure depends on it.