Pelosi launches bid to remain House speaker despite party’s election performance

House Democrats did not perform as well in Tuesday’s election as many in the party hoped, with the majority party losing a number of coveted seats to GOP challengers despite holding on to control of the chamber.

According to ABC News, however, the lackluster results did not stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from announcing to her colleagues that she fully intends on seeking another term in the leadership position. 

“With the utmost respect”

Her message came in the form of a letter to colleagues in the House.

“I am writing to request your support to be re-elected as Speaker,” Pelosi wrote. “I do so with the utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints of our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role and the urgency of the challenges ahead.”

She went on to express “great joy and appreciation to so many of you who have already offered your support and engagement.”

Despite her optimistic tone, the speaker appeared to acknowledge that her party did not achieve the results she had predicted, adding that the election was a “life or death fight” for the fate of the nation.

Although she admitted that the party did not win every battle in the 2020 election cycle, Democrats ultimately won the war.

“If we are classifying Tuesday as a success”

Despite the fact that the presidential race had yet to be called for Democratic nominee Joe Biden when she sent the letter, Pelosi referred to “President-elect Joe Biden” and “Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.”

Her uplifting letter also came on the heels of headlines that stemmed from moderate House Democrats — notably Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) — who warned about the Democratic Party lurching too far to the left.

As reported by the Daily Wire, Spanberger made the comments during a caucus conference call, demanding that the party drop the use of terms like “socialism” and “defund the police,” arguing that it made her re-election and races for other Democrats much more difficult than they needed to be.

“And if we are classifying Tuesday as a success from a congressional standpoint, we will get f***ing torn apart in 2022,” she said.

As for Pelosi’s chances, two Democratic lawmakers told The Hill that they were backing House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) for the speakership. As one argued: “He bridges moderates and progressives better than anyone. And most importantly, he’s not Nancy Pelosi.”

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