Democrats are trying to appear confident, acting as if the November 2020 presidential election was a mandate for them. However, the truth is that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on shaky ground.
Pelosi is close to losing her grip — and her party’s majority — in the House because of the power of progressive members of “The Squad,” Fox News reported. Democrats hold the majority by only eight seats, making any defection from the party line significant.
Republicans currently have 211 seats compared to Democrats’ 219 seats. However, there are currently five vacant seats, with two previously held by Republicans and three held by Democrats — and that means just four votes siding with Republicans will kill legislation that does not also have bipartisan support.
While Pelosi is able to rally her party in favor of most spending, she is having trouble whenever wading into issues that include law enforcement. A proposal requesting $1.9 billion in additional funding for Capitol security was nearly shot down by “Squad” members because of their anti-police sentiment. Progressive Democrats objected on the grounds that it would fund “broken” policing and failed to address the “White supremacy” that they insist caused the incident at the Capitol.
Republicans had all voted against it and were joined by Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Cori Bush (D-MO). “Squad” members Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Jamaal Bowman of New York, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York voted “present” so as not to hand victory to Republicans. Thursday’s final vote on the legislation was 213-212.
Democrats have also split over support for Israel during the recent attacks as well as a law enforcement reform bill that had more progressive members demanding the end to qualified immunity for police. These objections are problematic when Pelosi doesn’t have many votes to spare and are compounded by the idea that these progressives are the future of the party.
Republicans are quite pleased with this arrangement and see it as a great help in the 2022 midterm elections. “Nancy Pelosi’s Democrat majority is narrow and vulnerable – and it shows,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said through spokesperson Lauren Fine.
The mainstream Democratic Party is increasingly being gobbled up by radical leftists like Cortez who are sucking all of the air out of the room for the others. This is bad news for the country if their brand of politics prevails, but mainly it’s good news for Republicans who seem moderate and sane by comparison.