Last week’s election didn’t turn out the way that Democrats on Capitol Hill had hoped: not only does it look as though the party won’t take control of the Senate, but it actually lost seats in the House of Representatives.
While the results fell far short of expectations, they haven’t stopped House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from announcing that she plans to run for the speakership again. However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says she might not succeed, thanks to Republican gains in the House.
McCarthy made the remarks about Pelosi’s chances for success on Sunday during an interview with Fox News personality Maria Bartiromo.
She might not have the votes
“To become speaker you have to have 218 votes on the floor,” the Washington Examiner quoted McCarthy as explaining. “When she went up for that vote two years ago, there were 15 Democrats who voted against her. Ten of those Democrats will be coming back to Congress. If those 10 vote against her again, she will not be speaker of the House because she won’t have 218 because of the gains of Republicans.”
McCarthy also noted that given the number of races where votes are still being counted, a scenario in which Republicans actually reclaim control of the House isn’t outside the realm of possibility.
“Remember Maria, we are less than 21,000 votes away where the House — we could win the majority,” McCarthy pointed out. “There are a number of seats, 10 seats that are still sitting out there. Republicans are leading in three — they haven’t called any of those.”
The California congressman also took issue with how Fox News and other networks rushed to declare victor for former Vice President Joe Biden.
“So why would you call the presidential race first?” McCarthy complained.
Serious doubts about where the party is headed
Judging from what was said on a recent leaked conference call, it would seem that some House Democrats believe that Pelosi has allowed the party to veer too far to the left.
Breitbart reported that Virginia Democrat Abigail Spanberger told her colleagues, “We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again.”
“We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again,” she continued. “It does matter, and we have lost good members because of that.”
Spanberger went on to predict that the party would “get f*****g torn apart” in two years if its more radical elements are not reigned in.