In Leadership Race, Plenty of Critics for Pelosi and Dems
Hillary Clinton may be having the worst month, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) isn’t far behind. The Democrats’ leader has a lot to answer for in the aftermath of the election, especially about her party’s massive underperformance in congressional races around the country. Thanks in part to the radical Left turn of President Obama, House Democrats have lost touch with voters — most of whom are more moderate than the party’s leadership. Now, saddled with a lot of the blame for the missed opportunities of the election, Pelosi is facing a serious challenge to her post as the chamber’s top Democrat. Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (D) announced in a letter to his fellow members that this has never “been his life’s ambition,” but, like a lot of Democrats, he’s been doing some soul searching since Americans rejected the platform the party was offering.
“Under our current leadership,” Ryan wrote, “Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929.” The San Francisco values that have characterized Pelosi’s tenure aren’t resonating with the rest of America. “We need someone who can go into these congressional districts and talk to those voters, those blue-collar voters, who should be voting blue.”
Meanwhile, some Republicans are more than willing to back Pelosi in the challenge. In a tongue-in-cheek post from the National Republican Congressional Committee, Katie Martin thanked the Californian for her help in propelling the GOP to victory. “No single person deserves more credit for House Republicans’ historic majority than Nancy Pelosi,” she said. “Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats have become completely irrelevant, and there is no better way to ensure that remains the case than by keeping her as Minority Leader. The NRCC offers its full support to Nancy Pelosi as she attempts to fend off this challenge to her failed leadership from within the ranks of her own party.”
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