After the Democrats got their butts handed to them in the 2016 elections, House Democrats have decided to postpone party leadership elections until after Thanksgiving. The elections will take place on Nov. 30 and, according to CNN, that might not bode well for longtime Dem leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
A closed-door meeting occurred Tuesday in which the decision was made to take some time to dry their tears after millions of Americans voted against their failed agenda.
Pelosi supporter and Congressional Black Caucus chair Rep. G.K. Butterfield told CNN: “We just had a shellacking. We just got a shellacking last Tuesday. We got an unexpected defeat and we’ve got to recalibrate it and decide how we go forward.”
“It’s just like death. There are difference stages of grief you go through,” Butterfield added.
Right now, the Dems seem to be in a state of disarray, with a group of young Democrats that have emerged who may be on the move to change things up in the wounded party.
No formal challenger has surfaced to Pelosi, but Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan has emerged as the de facto leader of a younger group of House Democrats looking for new direction.
A group of younger Democrats has been organizing behind the scenes to review Democratic leadership in the wake of last week’s results. By Monday evening, Pelosi’s challengers had gathered 33 signatures to a letter seeking a thorough review of why Democrats lost so badly, although the letter did not explicitly call for a challenge to the former House speaker.
Ryan spoke about the Dems loss and called the vote delay a “good first step” and discussed what their party needs to do in the future:
“We lost those voters and we’ve got to find a way to get them back in. And it starts with a message that resonates in the fly-over states,” Ryan said. “Who is the leader who can going into the Southern states? Who can going into the Midwestern states? That’s the question, that’s the discussion we need to have.”
Jim Sciutto of CNN’s “The Lead” pushed Ryan about the Dem insurrection: “it sounds like it’s clear you’re not ruling out challenging Pelosi for the leadership.”
Ryan responded, “I’m not, and I don’t think anyone else is. I think there are a lot of people having conversations right now.”
When Pelosi left the meeting, she claimed that the delay didn’t mean “very much because we’ll be out for Thanksgiving. But we’ll have for the rest of this week to go over some issues.”
According a Democrat in the meeting, Pelosi was pressured to move forward sooner on the decision rather than later by fellow Democrats and the media, although she claimed that she didn’t care and that she was “agnostic” about it.
A Democratic member supporting Pelosi downplayed Tuesday’s strife, “today was letting the steam out of the pot.”
Instead, the source said that much of the anger was directed at Clinton campaign for dragging down the rest of the ticket. The source also noted that Pelosi helped Democrats flip five seats previously held by Republicans.
But even if Pelosi stays, the source acknowledged a need for change elsewhere among the Democratic leadership.
“Our caucus needs a change, but it’s not at the top. Replacing a woman with a white male would mean that the next time our nation’s leaders meet — the President with Senate and House leaders — will look like the first time our nation’s leaders met,” the member added, referring to Tim Ryan’s possible candidacy.
The left’s incessant focus on identity politics is a major part of their problem, but as evidenced above, at least some Dems still don’t get it, and there are undoubtedly many more that think the same.
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