Talk is reportedly building among the Democratic caucus of replacing Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House speaker after Dems had what Breitbart described as a “lackluster” performance in Tuesday’s elections.
Breitbart cited a report from The Hill that alleged at least “[t]wo moderate House Democrats say they and other centrists are privately discussing a plan that was unthinkable just 24 hours earlier: throwing their support behind a challenger to Speaker Nancy Pelosi.”
“Americans are clearly afraid of ‘socialism,’ want safe streets and neighborhoods, and to vote for people who they believe will help put more money in their pockets,” one Democratic lawmaker told The Hill, according to Breitbart.
It seems Pelosi no longer fits that bill. “It’s time for Democrats to elevate a new generation of leadership in both the House and the Senate,” the unnamed Democrat said in their talk with The Hill, as Breitbart reported.
Pelosi faces pushback
It’s a message that seems to have resonated with many more moderate Democrats. In a private caucus call on Thursday, one Virginia Dem was said to have blasted Pelosi and progressives for almost costing her re-election.
“We lost races we shouldn’t have lost,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger reportedly said on the call, according to the Daily Caller.
“Defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad,” she added. “Don’t say socialism ever again.”
Pelosi reportedly pushed back on Spanberger’s allegations, pointing to Dems’ apparent victory in their attempt to maintain control of the House, but it remains to be seen if Pelosi’s coddling will be enough to win her back the support of her party.
Time’s up, Nancy
Over the last four years, Pelosi’s most significant accomplishments have been impeaching Trump on charges that failed to convince the Senate and delaying much-needed coronavirus relief funding for families.
Pelosi’s stonewalling on COVID-19 relief has even prompted some Democrats, including California Rep. Ro Khanna, to urge her to do her job.
People in need can’t wait until February. 1.8 trillion is significant & more than twice Obama stimulus. It will allow Biden to start with infrastructure. Obama won in 08 by doing the right thing on TARP instead of what was expedient. Make a deal & put the ball in McConnell court. https://t.co/qAEtd049sW
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) October 11, 2020
According to Politico, Pelosi told CNN last month that she planned to run for the speakership again as long as Dems hold the House, but will it be a futile effort from the longtime San Francisco Democrat? Only time will tell.