Around the country, at least 20 candidates for Democratic seats in the House of Representatives have promised voters that if they are elected, they will not support Rep. Nancy Pelosi in her bid to become Speaker of the House once again.
With Pelosi’s approval ratings in the toilet among progressives and American voters in general, Democratic candidates know they have to distance themselves from her unpopular reign atop the party if they want to blunt Republican attempts to nationalize the midterms. Any Democrat outside the San Francisco Bay will have a hard time winning an election if they’re forced to carry the House Minority Leader across the finish line.
Now the question becomes: Are voters really buying into this idea of a House revolt?
Politically, there’s no question that Pelosi has been a disaster for the Democratic Party. She has refused to hand over the reins of power, instead doing everything she can to stifle the mutiny that seems to constantly breathe down her neck. Since her last tenure as Speaker from 2007 to 2011, the Democratic Party has not been able to retake the majority from Republicans. That’s a solid eight years of failure on Pelosi’s part, and if the poll numbers that we’re seeing today keep trending the way they are, voters might just make it ten in a row.
Still, she appears to think everything’s going according to plan. “We will win,” she said last month. “I will run for Speaker.”
Among the candidates who have already publicly vowed to split from Pelosi, we have Clarke Tucker of Arkansas, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Anthony Brindisi of New York, Gil Cisneros of California, and many others. Some of these candidates have specifically disagreed with positions Pelosi has taken; others are just citing the need for “new blood” in the Speaker’s chair. Then there are those who belong to the “Bernie Wing” of the party – the ones who actually don’t think that people like Pelosi have dragged the Democrats far enough left for their tastes. All we can say is – if that wing of the party is ascendant, look forward to the Democrats being consigned to third party status in the very near future.