With the way things are at the moment, Nancy Pelosi is likely to become the next speaker of the House. But there are a few hurdles to cross before she can become the speaker. Most of the Democrats are on her side, but there are five men championing the movement that don’t want her to become the speaker of the house.
They are five White guys namely: Reps. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Bill Foster of Illinois, Seth Moulton of Massachusetts, Kurt Schrader of Oregon and Ed Perlmutter of Colorado.
The Democrats won the midterms by majorly campaigning about women leadership, grassroots energy, and progressives. Nancy Pelosi sums all of that up. But a few in the Democrat Caucus don’t want her to be the speaker.
Pelosi is a skilled Democrat who has what it takes. She was partly responsible for making sure that the Affordable Care Act passed, and she was also instrumental in ensuring that the Republicans did not kill it during Trump’s tenure. She also ensured that no single Democrat voted for Trump’s tax bill. She kept the Democrats in the house focused on issues like wages, Social Security and health care.
Thanks to her, the Democrats flipped a minimum of 37 Republican seats, and some Trump districts voted for African Americans. The November 2018 midterms will be widely remembered in history thanks to Nancy Pelosi.
But the anti-Pelosi Democrat reps are simply those that share sexist, ageist and other ulterior motives. They are against her to appeal to the Republican voters or population in their states. Some pledged not to support her to win votes in their regions.
On November 28, the new Democrat leader will be elected with Pelosi likely to win. Then the big vote for the speaker comes on January 3rd. There are about 20 Democrats that said they won’t support Pelosi. So, the Democrats have about 234 seats, but votes against Pelosi by their party members will bring Pelosi Democrat votes to less than the 218 she needs.
But since the Democrats have the house majority, Pelosi could become Speaker with less than 218 votes as it happened for Boehner in 2015 and Gingrich in 1997. The Democrats that won’t vote for Pelosi will certainly not vote for a Republican, so they will rather vote present. That could round up to 214 votes for Pelosi and 201 votes for Kevin McCarthy who is the Republican leader.
Those against Pelosi hope that she will step aside before the votes, but that doesn’t look like it’s going to happen as she is even getting stronger support. The only other alternative for the anti-Pelosi movement is Marcia Fudge of Ohio who is an African American. Fudge might split the Progressive Caucus and the Black Caucus, but it will be funny that those against Pelosi will go on to support a progressive.
Democrats are known for unlikely victories. So, a victory for Pelosi might just be on the offing. Time will tell, and January 2nd can’t come soon enough.