The Democrat Party was set up to dominate after the 2018 election and run President Trump right out of the White House. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is quickly losing control of her party.
“[Pelosi’s] clearly losing — look, she is losing control of the House,” said Newt Gingrich, who held the Speaker position in the late 1990s.
“But she can’t get her party to stay together,” Gingrich continued. “And if you’re in a moderate district, if you’re in a district that Trump carried or if you’re in a district that’s heavily Jewish and you’re watching the Democrats go crazy and you are a Democratic freshman running for reelection, this has to be a really decisive moment. Who do you stay with?”
Pelosi is afraid of “alienating” the “radical freshmen,” said Jesse Watters Thursday on Fox’s “The Five.” “They believe they’re infallible [and] want to go on a full-throated offensive against this president and don’t want any blue dog Democrats crossing over to the other side.”
Indeed, very little good has come from Pelosi allowing the newest and loudest representatives to define the party.
“It’s nothing short of incredible that three women from three different cities — New York, Detroit, and Minneapolis — can run roughshod over 233 other House Democrats with a little help from social media, woke 24-year-olds in the digital press, and the Congressional Black Caucus,” says the Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti.
Two of the more prominent newcomers hit the ground running and have not looked back. Both Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have pretty much been given free rein from day one. And both have created more negative and embarrassing headlines for Pelosi than she could have ever envisioned.
Scandals and Controversies
Media darling Ocasio-Cortez has been a self-appointed lieutenant for Pelosi. Her first big piece of legislation, the Green New Deal, could not even get the united support of her own party.
Omar is a completely different story. In a day where any type of hate speech will cost you your job, Omar has repeatedly been called out for making anti-Semitic comments. Her repeated offenses threw the entire House into turmoil over the week and put Pelosi in an embarrassing position.
Unabashed, Omar made headlines again this week for attacking former President Barack Obama as “a pretty face” that “got away with murder.”
The uproar is frustrating for moderate Democrats, who want to focus on policy. “No matter how many Facebook posts we push out, if the story on the front cover of every paper and in the opening five minutes of every show is: ‘Is the Democratic Party becoming XYZ?’ — that is a higher hill I have to climb,” complained Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA).
Candidates are already getting fired up for the next election cycle, so Pelosi doesn’t have much time to get her party in line. Most Americans aren’t on board with the far-left yet — and if Democrats hope to challenge President Donald Trump, they need to get back to the center.