Even though there were a number of emerging reports suggesting that moderate House Democrats would band together and select someone other than Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be the party’s candidate for the House Speakership, apparently they didn’t have the fortitude necessary to stage the revolt.
According to Fox News, Pelosi was tapped as the candidate for Speaker during a recent virtual congressional call in which a secret-ballot system was used to select the party’s candidate. Pelosi ran unopposed, securing an easy nomination.
The top position for the upcoming 117th Congress will be formally voted on when the new session convenes January 3, 2021.
But there’s a silver lining in Pelosi’s candidacy for conservatives and GOP lawmakers, which revolves around the devastating losses that Democrats took in the 2020 election. Remember that “blue wave” they were all expecting? Well, that turned into a red tsunami as Republican candidates fought hard enough to flip an astonishing number of seats, providing House Democrats their slimmest margin of majority control in roughly 20 years.
Why is that important to note?
Because last time around, Pelosi had to claw and scratch her way to the Speakership position, given that in 2018, a staggering 15 Democrats voted against Pelosi in her run for the top spot. Though it was a significant number who voted against her, it didn’t matter as much because at the time, Democrats had a massive majority in the House, providing her with plenty of insurance, even with the large number of defectors.
Guess what? That’s no longer the case in 2020, as Pelosi’s cushion was absolutely deflated, leaving questions of how many Democrats she might lose this time around as she faces House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the Speakership.
As Fox News reported, most of the time the party with majority control is the party who gets the Speakership, but in 2021, the landscape of Pelosi’s support is quickly changing, giving McCarthy the best chance ever to flip enough Democrats to knock Pelosi off the top spot.
As previously mentioned, there have been several new reports of party infighting in the Democrat-led House, with moderate Democrats blaming Pelosi and the more radical wing of the party for losing so many seats that otherwise should have been won.
Those same Democrats also argue that their own elections were much more difficult to win, given the messages promoted by radical House Democrats that border full-on socialism.
It’s because of that growing divide within the Democrat side of the House that for the first time in a very long time, the minority party — in this case, Republicans — have a genuinely realistic chance of electing a Speaker.
It will eventually all boil down to which moderate Democrats are brave enough to give their constituents what they want, which is obviously a change in leadership at the top.