Pelosi’s Reelection Prompts Outcry From Angry Dems Fearing For 2018
After receiving her highest margin of rejection yesterday when being reelected House Democrat Leader, Nancy Pelosi faces deep discontent among those House Democrats who coalesced around insurgent candidate Tim Ryan (D-OH).
Several of Ryan’s upset supporters made clear that the reelection of Pelosi could spell disaster for the House Democrats in 2018. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in a statement said she was “deeply disappointed” and the “House Democratic Caucus has decided to double down on its failed strategy in recent years.” Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) told Rachel Maddow that the backing of Ryan showed that “the status quo isn’t working, that we’re not going to win back the House in 2018 by continuing to do what we’ve done in the last several elections.”
One anonymous House Dem bemoaned the disconnect from rural voters, and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR) had an even bleaker outlook:
Hse Dem who didn't vote for Pelosi: By sticking with the status quo it is impossible to have our message resonate with rural voters.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) November 30, 2016
Rep. Kurt Schrader, from Oregon, says it will take 15 years for the Democrats to win the majority in the House again.
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) November 30, 2016
Meanwhile, Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) made it clear that the Democrats’ internal civil war is just heating up:
"This fights not over," Gallego says going back into caucus. They plan to offer amdmts to open DCCC, DPCC and Steering up for elections
— Heather Caygle (@heatherscope) November 30, 2016
Pelosi may have won her vote, but according to the angry Democrats who gave Pelosi her “narrowest margin in decades,” she may also have tanked her party’s chances in 2018 and beyond.