Rumblings of unseating House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from leadership are growing louder as legislators prepare for the meeting of the 117th Congress.
Current House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Saturday that though Democrats technically hold the majority in the House, Republican legislators may “run the floor” due to infighting between establishment Dems and progressives.
Though Democrat leadership promised a blue takeover of the House and Senate in this month’s election, Democrats actually lost ground to the GOP, though the influx of new Republican representatives wasn’t quite large enough to take the majority.
In the aftermath of the election, a clear fracturing of the Democrat party took place, with Moderate Democrats taking a stand against the radical progressive contingent of the party, and establishment Dems attempting to toe the line between the warring factions in order to retain their power.
Many Democrat legislators representing Trump districts either lost their seats or came alarmingly close to doing so, making the survivors even less willing to support Pelosi’s far-left agenda for fear of losing their seats in the next election.
Moderate Democrat Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) was the first legislator to come forward and declare that she will not support Pelosi’s bid for House Speaker in Friday, and there are likely more moderates that will join her.
Conversely, radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) indicated last month that she may throw Pelosi under the bus in favor of a more progressive candidate for House Speaker.
Republicans bide their time
House Republicans appear to be poised to take advantage of the chaos and disagreement among House Democrats, McCarthy indicated during an appearance with Fox’s Judge Jeanine on Saturday.
“We’ll have leadership races next week, and you’ll hear that she’ll win the leadership race,” McCarthy said of Pelosi. “But that does not make her speaker. You have to have 218 votes on the floor. Last Congress, 15 Democrats voted against her. Ten of those Democrats are coming back to Congress. If 10 Democrats vote against her, she will not be speaker.”
McCarthy said that even if Pelosi manages to bully House Dems into submission, the rift between moderate Democrats and progressives like Ocasio-Cortez will continue to grow.
“If she wins as speaker, you have AOC and the progressive socialists actually grow,” McCarthy explained. “They are fighting among themselves, tweeting at one another, pictures staring at one another, saying it’s a dumpster fire, screaming on their conference calls.”
“I believe at the end of the day the Republicans will run the floor because it’ll be our ideas that are stronger,” McCarthy concluded. “The American public have rejected defunding the police, dismantling America. We believe we can rebuild and restore the American way.”