One of the most persistent refrains from the left since November of last year was that anybody who dared question the legitimacy or accuracy of 2020 election results was misinformed, traitorous, or both.
However, that observation apparently does not apply when it comes to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is standing firm despite growing backlash within her own party over potential plans to overturn the certified outcome of an Iowa congressional race and unseat the Republican victor, as The Hill reports.
The controversy stems from the House Administration Committee’s continued consideration of a challenge initiated by Democrat Rita Hart seeking review of the results in her state’s 2nd Congressional District race, a contest narrowly won by the GOP’s Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Pelosi made headlines when she indicated earlier this month that she could envision a scenario in which Miller-Meeks was unseated and Hart installed.
Those remarks drew harsh criticism not just from the GOP, but also from members of Pelosi’s own party, with Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) declaring that she “cannot support overturning an election,” and Blue Dog Coalition member Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) stating that “these are issues that right now are best left at the state level.”
According to Breitbart, Democrats’ opposition to Pelosi’s plot did not stop there, with Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) opining:
…as I have said before in connection with the 2020 presidential election, legislators should be heeding states’ certifications of their elections. Unless there is rampant error and substantial evidence thereof, I do not believe it is the role of the House members to dictate the outcome of elections.
Pelosi was apparently unmoved by those entreaties, however, defiantly maintaining on Thursday that the House retains the authority to resolve contested electoral battles and asking her critics whether they, too, would seek such a review if their race was decided by such a razor-thin margin:
I would say to them, if you lost by six votes, would you like to bring your case before that?
Now, if I wanted to be unfair, I wouldn’t have seated the Republican from Iowa. Because that was my right on the opening day. I would have just said, ‘You’re not seated.’ And that would have been my right as Speaker to do. But we didn’t want to do that. We just said, ‘Let’s just go through this process.’
If the speaker wishes to persist in her push to reverse the result in the Iowa election, it appears that she do so without the support of many who are normally in her corner, with Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) warning:
Losing a House election by six votes is painful for Democrats. But overturning it in the House would be even more painful for America.
Just because a majority can, does not mean a majority should.
According to The Hill, another unnamed, moderate Democrat offered an even starker assessment, saying, “It strikes me as remarkably hypocritical and a dangerous precedent at a time we need to be repairing precedents.”
While Pelosi’s attempt at a naked power grab is undeniably outrageous, it is at least heartening to see that some on her side of the aisle have the intellectual honesty to call it out for precisely what it is.