November is a hit and miss month for old Democratic hags. One missed her chance at the White House, but another managed to hold on to her position of power. It is, however, only by the skin of her bleached teeth.
Nancy Pelosi fought off a challenge from Rep. Tim Ryan to remain House Minority Leader. The vote wasn’t close, 134 to 63, but it does signal that many Democrats on Capitol Hill are not happy with Pelosi. It also signals to Republicans that Democrats still don’t realize they have failed leaders in charge.
Pelosi is pleased as punch over her reelection. She does not seem to mind the large group of Democrats that opposed her. In fact, she practically ignored them. Instead, she brags that she received about 2/3 of the vote.
One Democratic House member, however, was none too pleased. His response to the media is epic. It is included below, but first, look at how the reelection of Nancy Pelosi transpired.
CNN details the reelection of Nancy Pelosi.
The veteran leader (Pelosi), who has led the group since 2003 through three Republican House speakers and her own tenure at the top, said she viewed Wednesday’s battle as a chance to start winning again.“My heart is broken that we didn’t win the White House this time,” she said. “We know how to win elections, we’ve done in in the past and will do it again.”“I am proud that my bid for Democratic Leader pushed our members to have these tough family discussions about our future and how we win back the majority in 2018,” Ryan said in the statement.
House Democrats ended up winning six more seats than they had before, whittling the Republican lead in the House down to 239-194, but they fell far short of expectations — some of which, at a few high points during the fall, had them possibly recapturing the chamber.
Pelosi, showing confidence, declined to address the caucus before the vote, letting surrogates talk on her behalf. After the vote, she addressed the caucus again but sources said she did not mention Ryan’s name. At a press conference, she later congratulated him.
House Democrats voted by secret ballot. Although there has been some grumbling in recent years about the refusal of top House Democratic leaders, who are mostly in their 70’s, to provide chances for newer members, this race featured a rare public airing of that fight in the days leading up to the vote.
Ryan, 43, said Pelosi, a California Democrat who is 76, has limited appeal in the heartland and other working-class areas where Democrats lost badly this fall.
For the most part, Pelosi had refused to engage in a back in forth with Ryan, but on Tuesday she fired back at the Ohio Democrat, who was a frequent surrogate for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in his home state, telling the Huffington Post in an interview, “he didn’t even carry his district for Hillary Clinton.”
Ryan had about a dozen public supporters within the caucus going into the meeting, which will include over 190 members in the next Congress, but still claimed before the vote that he is “within striking distance.”
SOME DEMOCRATS RESPOND WITH FRUSTRATION