House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reassured her colleagues and her Democrat supporters for months that November’s election would result in a “blue wave” washing over the lower chamber, with promises of a strengthened majority and an absolute bloodbath for Republican lawmakers.
There’s just one little problem for Pelosi — the complete opposite happened.
Instead of gaining seats, Democrats hemorrhaged so many blue seats that the House will have the slimmest majority lead in over two decades. that greatly reduces their power at a time when — thanks to the likelihood of Republicans holding on to the U.S. Senate — they’ll need as much power as possible.
Even worse for Pelosi in addition to party infighting between the progressive wing and the moderate wing, is the bombshell report that hit over the weekend which indicated that Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin, a moderate in the party, has vowed to not support Pelosi in her run to maintain the Speakership.
“I will not be voting for Nancy Pelosi” Slotkin said in a recent Politico interview. “I have no idea if people are gonna run against her, or who might run against her. And I will of course have this conversation directly with her. But I believe we need new leadership.”
Slotkin, like many of her moderate colleagues, is of the belief that the Democrats’ devastating House losses were due to Pelosi’s embrace of the ultra-radical, “defund the police” wing of the lower chamber. And for that reason alone, she apparently believes that new leadership is needed to prevent the party from likely being torn apart in the 2022 midterm elections.
Radical progressive Democrats, such as those who make up the ranks of the “Squad,” have also faced increased, inner-party pressure for flying far too close to the line that separates America from outright socialism, which moderate Democrats also blame for 2020’s brutal losses.
The Michigan lawmaker criticized the party for not paying more attention to Midwest and otherwise non-coastal voters, which make up the vast majority of the geographical area of the country. Because of that, Slotkin doesn’t believe America knows which direction in which the party is truly headed.
“The brand of the national Democratic Party is mushy,” Slotkin said. “People don’t know what we stand for, what we’re about.”
Will Slotkin’s vow to not support Pelosi as she seeks another term as Speaker have any effect? If she’s on her own, obviously not. But the fortitude she’s shown in calling out Pelosi’s failing ways could catch fire across the powerful moderate wing of the party. If that were to happen, Pelosi might, for the first time, face unprecedented resistance and be forced to allow one of her colleagues to claim the title.
Hopefully, other reasonable Democrats will back Slotkin’s courageous move and help finally put an end to Pelosi’s crazy, radical rule over the party.