Alexandra Desanctis believes Nancy Pelosi continuing as Speaker would be a gift to Trump but an internal battle for leadership within the Democratic party would be even worse for them. If a challenger wins the speakership instead of Pelosi, it will be a vote of no confidence in the party establishment. This is partly the result of Democrat lawmakers being sick of the status quo and looking for a way to rise within the party as well as polls showing Pelosi has high unfavorable numbers.
- Should Nancy Pelosi be replaced as Speaker?
- Will the Dems settle the leadership battle without a floor vote?
- Will this leadership battle damage the Democrats in the 2020 election?
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the Washington election night rally, D.C., 6 November 2018.
Nancy Pelosi would be a gift to Donald Trump and the Republican Party as the House speaker, but a brutal battle to replace it could be even better for the conservatives in the long term.
In the wake of the wave that swept more than 30 new Democratic politicians into House seats, the party faces a leadership crisis, as a substantial number of members appear poised to oppose Pelosi’s bid for speaker of the House. Some call them “revolutionaries” or “rebels,” but as of now, they’re a revolution without a leader. The only thing they’re sure of is their goal: Find someone new.
There’s almost no outcome to this struggle that will leave the Democratic caucus stronger heading into the new session. Allowing Pelosi to take the role can hardly be considered a win. She’s perhaps the most hated Democratic leader in politics today, with the possible exception of Hillary Clinton – and Trump would love nothing more than to spend the second half of his first term governing in opposition to her House.
A failed attempt to oust her could present a bigger problem for the Left. Even if she manages to avoid being overthrown, the very existence of a substantial opposition effort signals weakness within the party. She’d be forced to govern the factions that tried to replace her, and she’d have to do it while Republicans hold the Senate and a combative Republican president sits in the Oval Office.
If Democrats succeed in supporting a challenger who wins the speakership instead of Pelosi, it will be a vote of no confidence in the establishment of the Party. And it will happen just as Democrats intend to use their new control of the House to investigate Trump ‘” and as a bunch of candidates compete for the honor of trying to take him away in 2020.