Defeat after defeat on Tuesday has left the Democrat Party in shambles. So much so they cannot decide on a leader. Rep. Nancy Pelosi has led the House Democrats since 2002 while Sen. Chuck Schumer will replace Harry Reid as Senate Minority Leader.
But now the Democrats have delayed a vote on leadership in the House, possibly a sign that Pelosi’s time has ended. In the Senate, anti-Trump protesters in DC have begun protesting Senator Shumer’s new role.
The New York Post reported:
The disgruntled are not limited to the grass roots — a group of nearly 30 Democratic members of Congress wrote a letter to the top Democrat in the House, Nancy Pelosi, asking for a delay in congressional leadership elections for the next Congress.
“It is vital that our Caucus take the time to listen to the American people and learn the lessons of this difficult election in order to put our Caucus in the best position to fight the potentially dangerous agenda of President-elect Donald Trump and to have a realistic chance of taking back the House in 2018,” the members wrote.
Early Tuesday morning the House Democrats decided to officially delay the vote until Nov. 30 after Pelosi “expressed a willingness to do so.” This would allow a challenger to build a case against Pelosi.
Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan is one who has thought about challenging Pelosi for the job:
“I got a few calls saying, ‘We need someone from the Midwest who is a good communicator who can help us win seats in tough areas around the country,’” Ryan said of possibly taking on Pelosi, adding he hasn’t heard from her office yet.
But like I said, the discontent spread to the Senate as well. Young liberals have invaded Schumer’s office because they do not want him as minority leader.
They claim that Schumer has too many close ties to evil Wall Street and big banks; he’s too establishment.
Yes, you guessed it. They are Bernie Sanders supporters. Sanders remains popular, especially after leaked emails and phone calls over the summer showed the DNC actively working against him to prop Hillary Clinton as its nominee.
Allies of Sanders have started to pressure Schumer to make him “chairman of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, a powerful position with influence over the party’s messaging and floor strategy.” The Hill reports:
Sanders’s allies say he would be a good choice for the third-ranking position because he had phenomenal success mobilizing voters during the Democratic presidential primaries. That showed he knows how to put together a message that resonates, they argue.
The Senate Democratic leadership’s focus on the Supreme Court and Republican obstruction of Merrick Garland, President Obama’s middle-of-the-road nominee to the court, fell flat with voters this year, they note.
Liberals want Sanders or Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), both high-profile critics of Wall Street, to play bigger roles in the Senate’s leadership.
Protesters will not receive their wish since Sanders has backed Schumer for minority leader.DONATE
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