Pelosi, together with Committee Chair Ben Lujan were most responsible for the Democratic victory in the midterms, Creamer says, and oversaw an unprecedented fundraising drive. While some Dems have committed to voting against her, the progressive base of the party would be incensed if Pelosi isn’t the speaker. She was the progressive female leader that led the greatest Dem House victory since Watergate. That could have significant political consequences in primaries for some of the plotters.
- Will Democratic House members face backlash if they vote against Pelosi for speaker?
- Does Pelosi’s operational prowess supersede her un-favorability rating?
- Will Nancy Pelosi continue to be speaker of the House?
Most progressives are thrilled that the Democrats have achieved their objective of withdrawing the majority in the House of Representatives.
Taking back control of the House can be viewed the same way Americans saw the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II. It was critical for the Allies to take and hold Normandy to provide the foothold from which to create a western front and launch the assault that ended the war. No one would have considered capturing and holding Normandy as final victory.
The House is such a beachhead for Democrats. The Party can now use the Chamber as a platform to turn the energy of the backlash against the Trump Presidency into the reinstatement of the Senate and the election of a progressive Democratic President by 2020.
Progressives need a steadily progressive House speaker, a visionary, tough strategist and an organizer to succeed. Fortunately, there is an obvious candidate who fits this very description ‘” Nancy Pelosi.
In the first place, Pelosi is a committed progressive, with the vast majority of the newly elected Democratic Caucus and the country as a whole sharing their views.