After a series of tight races across the country, it appears Democrats will hang on to their majority in the House of Representatives. Whether or not their leader hangs onto her spot, however, remains to be seen.
Despite hopes of a “blue wave,” House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), suffered several devastating losses last week that, according to ABC News, could leave them “with the slimmest House majority in 20 years.”
It’s a development that has House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sensing an opportunity to unseat Pelosi from her role as speaker — that is, if he can get a few Democrats on board.
Pelosi’s days numbered?
McCarthy first brought up the possibility during an interview this week on Fox News Sunday.
“To become speaker, you have to have 218 votes on the floor,” the California Republican explained, according to a report from Newsweek. “When she went up for that vote two years ago, there were 15 Democrats who voted against her.”
This time around, McCarthy said, “10 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,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.
A new course?
Judging from what was said on a post-election Democrat conference call covered by Breitbart last week, it appears McCarthy’s plan could have at least a shot at success. One Democrat who spoke on the leaked call, Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger, barely hung on to her seat — and she blamed the near loss on progressives who she suggested have moved the party too far left.
“We have to commit to not saying the words ‘defund the police’ ever again,” Spanberger insisted, according to Breitbart. “We need to not ever use the words socialist or socialism ever again,” she added, warning that Dems would “get f*****g torn apart” in the midterms if a new course isn’t set.
It remains to be seen whether that new course involves Pelosi at the top. But she’s not giving up the gavel without a fight.
According to a separate report from the Washington Examiner, Pelosi sent a letter to House Democrats last week formally requesting their “support to be re-elected as Speaker.”
“I do so with utmost respect for the diverse viewpoints in our Democratic Caucus, the gravity of this role, [and] the urgency of the challenges ahead,” she added. Are Dems really still buying this act?