After promising to do so late last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formally announced on Friday that she will make another bid for the speakership come January, according to Fox News. But holding onto the speaker’s gavel may be a tougher task for the longtime Democratic leader than she once thought.
In an article published Thursday, Just the News’ Nicholas Ballasy suggested that Democrats’ less-than-stellar performance in Tuesday’s House races has opened the door to the possibility that a “progressive challenger” may seek to remove Pelosi from her role as the lower chamber’s top Dem.
Ballasy’s is a position that has been backed up by recent reports indicating there is infighting among Democrats who were left shaken by razor-thin margins in races across the country that they expected to win easily. In a three-hour-long caucus conference call Thursday, moderate Democrats like Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger said the party “lost races we shouldn’t have lost.”
“Defund police almost cost me my race because of an attack ad,” Spanberger said, according to the Daily Caller. “Don’t say socialism ever again.”
Spanberger also reportedly said that if Democrats run another race like this one, they’ll be “torn apart again in 2022.”
Pelosi, for her part, was said to have disagreed strongly with Spanberger. “We did not win every battle but we did win the war,” she said on the call, according to the Associated Press.
But Pelosi was already facing dissension among the ranks prior to Thursday’s chaotic call. The Hill reported Wednesday that two Democrats had told the outlet “that they were reaching out to their colleagues about backing one of Pelosi’s top lieutenants, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries [NY], for Speaker in the next Congress.”
“He’s the only one prepared and positioned” for the role, one of the Democrats reportedly told The Hill. “He bridges moderates and progressives better than anyone. And most importantly, he’s not Nancy Pelosi.”
Altnertiavely, could it be a more progressive caucus member who ultimately takes the gavel from Pelosi? That was the position taken by Ballasy on Thursday. Writing for Just the News, he noted that “[s]ome progressive members of Congress, such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [D-NY], expressed disappointment with some of the results on election night.”
Back in October, Ocasio-Cortez had said she’d back Pelosi for the speakership “so long as Leader Pelosi remains the most progressive candidate.”
It remains to be seen how things will play out — but according to one House Republican, there’s no scenario that ends well for “Crazy Nancy.”
“I mean, Nancy Pelosi doesn’t even have a majority where she can be elected speaker again,” Minnesota Rep. Tom Emmer (R) said Wednesday, according to Fox News. “Whoever would have guessed that it’d be possible that Nancy Pelosi might not be the speaker?”