Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s far-left policies may fly in her San Francisco district, but they’re objectionable to regular Americans. That could be the reason the House of Representatives has lost so many Democrat seats — and may be Pelosi’s undoing.
Pelosi could get knocked off her throne Jan. 3 when the House votes for the new term’s Speaker. After flipping twelve previously Democratic House seats for Republicans and losing at least eight seats in a year that should have ushered in a “blue wave” response to the supposedly unpopular President Donald Trump, Pelosi and her party alienated voters with their radical agenda.
Although her party will still overwhelmingly back her for the leadership role, Pelosi faces adversaries who felt the party was hobbled by the move left. “I’m, right now, very passionately undecided,” Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) said to the Washington Examiner about Pelosi.
“I’m reflecting on the term past, I’m reflecting prospectively on what we have to accomplish moving forward, and I’ll make my decision after speaking with her,” the Democratic representative, who supported the Speaker in 2016, said. “But it’s a new frontier now,” Phillips later added. “And I think we are all mindful of that, and I’m one of many considering options, considering what we might need and considering what the country is asking for.”
Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) is one of the few Democratic representatives to formally oppose Pelosi because of her leftward bent rather than working on centrist legislation that could more easily pass in the Republican-controlled Senate. “If we try to just kind of throw spaghetti against the wall, everybody has their pet bill, but we lose that strategic plan, then we’re going to have nothing concrete to show our constituents, and that’ll be a problem in general and specifically for 2022,” Slotkin worried.
However, the 80-year-old Pelosi had a devil-may-care attitude when asked whether she could lose some of the 218 votes she’d need to squeeze out of her colleagues to be re-elected Speaker of the House. “Somebody may,” the Speaker reportedly chuckled. “But I’m not worried about it.”
It is that kind of hubris and tone-deafness that created this problem in the first place. Pelosi and her comrades in the Democratic party moved decidedly left to espouse anti-police rhetoric and socialism, which may have cost the party seats. Despite the signs of weakening popularity, Democrats have not advanced any other names for the position.
According to the Los Angeles Times, House Democrats had a comfortable 232 to 197 majority heading into the 2020 presidential election, with five open seats and one Libertarian comprising the remainder.
As of now, the new makeup is 219 Democrats to 204 Republicans, with 12 seats still a toss-up, just barely giving her party the expected majority. As long as Pelosi continues supporting the likes of radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and others, Republicans have a greater shot at sweeping Congress in 2022.