House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) announced last week that she is officially asking House Democrats to re-elect her as Speaker, but rumors are swirling that Pelosi doesn’t have the support it takes to win the seat for a second term.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) noted on Sunday that Pelosi could actually be replaced with a Republican House speaker due to the GOP’s success in last week’s election.
Though Democrats are celebrating success in ousting President Trump from the White House, many have noted that Democrats failed miserably in realizing the “blue wave” that pollsters confidently projected.
McCarthy told Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures” host Maria Bartiromo that Pelosi already had difficulties winning the Speakership in 2019, when there was a larger proportion of Democrat representatives. 15 Democrats voted against Pelosi at the time, and 10 of those Representatives will be returning to Congress.
Progressives have loudly voiced their displeasure with Pelosi’s recent behavior, especially in regard to her refusal to advance badly-needed coronavirus economic relief.
Now, Republicans have closed the gap, and Politico noted last week that “Instead of sitting somewhere in the 180s, Republicans have north of 200 House seats, making themselves an extremely powerful minority no matter who wins the White House.”
McCarthy appears optimistic that infighting within the Democrat party, combined with the increased GOP ranks, could mean the end of Pelosi’s short reign.
“We defied the odds. It’s the night of the Republican women. … The Democrats never solved one problem in their majority,” McCarthy announced last week. “They promised they would govern differently, and they didn’t.”
“[W]e will only know in January, because, to become speaker, you have to have 218 votes on the floor,” McCarthy told Bartiromo. 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 the Republicans.”
“We are close enough now that we can control the floor, with a few Democrats joining with us,” McCarthy continued. “Remember what America just said. They rejected the socialism. We won from Miami to New York to Minnesota to California.”
The results of Tuesday’s election had moderate Democrats running scared. Though the mainstream media refused to acknowledge the extent of the damage done by the riots and violence over the summer, a number of Democrat Representatives either lost or nearly lost their seats because of the shocking shift to the left.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), who represents a district that voted for Trump in 2016, reportedly told Pelosi in a conference call after Tuesday’s election that “No one should say ‘defund the police’ ever again. Nobody should be talking about socialism … We will get f—— torn apart.”