For San Francisco Rep. Nancy Pelosi, there’s nothing new about being targeted by Republicans. After 30 years in Congress and 15 years as leader of the House Democrats, it comes with the territory.
But since a devastating June 20 loss for an open House seat in the Atlanta suburbs capped a 0-for-4 run in GOP-friendly special elections, the 77-year-old Pelosi has found herself taking fire from fellow Democrats who argue that the famously liberal minority leader is just too controversial — and add, in whispers, too old — to effectively remain the face of the party.
“We can’t keep losing races and keep the same leadership in place,” said Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, who hosted a meeting of about a dozen dissident Democrats in her office last week. “You have a baseball team that keeps losing year after year. At some point the coach has to go, right?”
Texas Rep. Filemon Vela was even more direct.
“I think you’d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Nancy Pelosi on top,” Vela said in a Politico interview.
Pelosi’s backers were quick to defend her, arguing that four humiliating special election losses were no big deal.
But for House Democrats, those results are hard to ignore, especially when they’re accompanied by a taunting tweet from Trump saying: “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party.”
Despite the grumbling, no strong candidate has talked seriously about challenging Pelosi. The Democrat elites are having none of it.
Since party rules make it nearly impossible to challenge a Democratic leader before the end of the two-year congressional term, even those most eager for change are resigned to standing behind Pelosi through the 2018 elections.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle