Now that Harry Reid has announced his retirement, some Democrats think it’s time for Pelosi to do the same.
Two congressmen from Massachusetts are leading the charge.
Daniel Bassali of the Washington Free Beacon:
Dem Reps: Nancy Pelosi Needs to Go
A couple of Massachusetts congressmen suggested Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) efforts in the House are not working, with Democrats losing seats in the lower chamber at historic levels.
“Nancy Pelosi will not lead us back to the majority,” Rep. Steve Lynch (D., Mass.) said.
Democrats control 188 seats in the House, compared to Speaker John Boehner’s (R., Ohio) dominant 247 seats. In fact, since President Obama took office, Democrats have lost nearly 70 seats in the House, putting him in the company of Dwight Eisenhower, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman. Republicans have not held this many seats in the House since 1949.
With such overwhelming odds against them, it would be difficult to find a political expert who believes the Democrats could regain control of the House in 2016.
“I think we need leadership that understands if something you are doing is not working, change what you are doing,” Rep. Michael Capuano (D., Mass.), her former transition chief, said.
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John Fund of National Review addressed the issue on Friday as well:
With Harry Reid Gone, Why Is Nancy Pelosi Hanging On?
Most Democrats serving in Congress have never known any party leaders other than Harry Reid in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi in the House. Both were elected to lead their party after the 2002 election and then helped it come to power in their respective chambers in the anti-Bush wave election of 2006. But now both are 75 years old, and each is in charge of a clearly minority caucus. More and more Democrats believe the two leaders helped create that minority status.
Harry Reid has decided to call it quits and retire, with many of his colleagues breathing a non-public sigh of relief. But Nancy Pelosi doesn’t look like she is budging, and some of the criticism of her “San Francisco Democrat” style is going public. Many on Capitol Hill viewed both figures as representing a relentless aggressiveness that is out of favor with a public exhausted by Beltway squabbling.
Pelosi seems to enjoy her leadership role. I’ll be amazed if she steps down.
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