Even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) serves another legislative session in her leadership position, it will not be without some significant backlash from members of her own party.
Amid the ongoing intraparty blame game in the wake of disappointing election results, Pelosi is likely to face opposition on her path to a new term as speaker, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
Democrats play blame game
Of course, she has faced challenges from within her caucus — most notably in the form of critiques from the party’s far-left wing — since reclaiming the gavel in 2018, this year’s election brought with it new accusations from more moderate Democrats.
For example, Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) made headlines following Election Day for expressing frustration over perceived setbacks throughout the campaign stemming from socialist and anti-police rhetoric.
Currently running unopposed to retain the position, Pelosi will nevertheless need 218 votes to secure another term when her nomination goes before the full House for approval.
Given the fact that the Democratic Party’s majority will be substantially slimmer in the upcoming term, there is a slim possibility that she will fall short of that threshold. The last time she sought the speakership, 15 Democrats opposed her.
In statements to the Examiner, two moderate House Democrats acknowledged that they are uncertain about backing Pelosi.
“Clearly the choice”
“I’m, right now, very passionately undecided,” said Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN). Rep. Haley Stevens (D-MI) expressed similar misgivings.
As for Rep. Ellisa Slotkin (D-MI), there is no equivocation: She is outright opposing Pelosi’s bid for another term.
Nevertheless, the senior legislator remains a fixture in Washington D.C. and her opponents have an uphill battle in any effort to send the speaker into early retirement.
As Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) explained: “She is going to be the speaker for the next two years. She is clearly the choice of the overwhelming number of Democrats in the House.”
When asked on Wednesday whether she would honor a perceived pledge she made in 2018 to serve no more than another four years, she affirmed: “When that conversation took place, there was a move to put limits on the leadership and the chairs of committees. … What I said then is whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits that are there.”