Gage Skidmore
Politics /23 Nov 2018
and 11.23.18

If House Democrats Want Change they Should Elect Nancy Pelosi Speaker

House Democrats are currently ushering in an exciting group of young, intelligent, and diverse individuals newly elected to Congress. As invigorating as they are to the Democratic Party, they also lack critical experience.

Winning an election on ‘change’ is one thing; knowing how to bring about that change is another. Someone must help usher in this newly elected group of Democratic lawmakers, demonstrate the rules of legislating, how to work as a caucus and how to create positive change for the people who voted for them.

That person is Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). When it comes to outmaneuvering opponents on Capitol Hill, no Democrat even comes close.

If House Democrats want to give their voter’s real change, rather than only appearing to, Nancy Pelosi is the obvious choice. Democratic voters who elected this class of progressives may think they want to see someone new. Voters don’t know what they really want in House leadership; that is why they don’t get to vote.

Only House Democrats know who has the proven record and unflinching experience to stand up to the Trump administration. Pelosi is also right for the role of transitional leader. Under her leadership, the exciting freshman class of incoming House Democrats will become the battled-hardened crusaders they were elected to be. Change didn’t get them elected anyway; Nancy Pelosi did.

Hardest working person in the Democratic Party

When she isn’t working to outsmart Congressional Republicans, winning every single major vote during the last Congress or raising money for Democratic candidates, she does the important public work of supporting the causes that progressive and centrist Democrats alike hold dear.

Pelosi, the Rainmaker

Pelosi raised so much money for Democratic candidates in the 2018 mid-term election cycle, Democrats took back the majority in the House of Representatives. Pelosi pulls in staggering sums for Dems despite facing opposition in the ranks, and Pelosi raised $16.1 million in the first quarter of 2018.

A Tale of Two Parties

The most ardent supporter of Nancy Pelosi in this leadership election for Speaker of the House is Nancy Pelosi. Quite rightly, and, perhaps nothing could better qualify her for the position. Compare Pelosi with her Republican counterpart Paul Ryan, who couldn’t have timed his retirement at a more punishing time for 2018 mid-term Republican candidates.

With Ryan glaringly absent, Rep. Kevin McCarthy had to step in and stump for Republican candidates on the campaign trail, fundraising and building candidacy support district by district, something that usually falls to the Speaker of the House. But, in contrast to Nancy Pelosi’s tireless campaign to resume the Speaker’s gavel: Paul Ryan never wanted to be Speaker of the House in the first place.

Perhaps it was because he took a job he never wanted, but when the Republican party need was most dire Ryan abandoned them. Nancy Pelosi has proven herself a loyal supporter of the Democratic Party. She wants the Speakership and her willingness to fight for it shows she knows just what a tough job it really is.

Challenging Pelosi for Speaker of the House, sixteen Democrats announced on Monday that they intend to oppose Pelosi in her bid for Speaker of the House:

Ed Perlmutter (CO), Kathleen Rice (NY), Tim Ryan (Ohio), Linda T. Sánchez (CA), Jim Cooper (TN), Bill Foster (IL), Seth Moulton (MA), Brian Higgins (NY), Stephen F. Lynch (MA), Kurt Schrader (OR), Filemon Vela (TX), and newly elected members Joe Cunningham (SC), Max Rose (NY) and Jeff Van Drew (NJ). Anthony Brindisi (NY) and Ben McAdams (UT).

In a letter to their colleagues, sixteen House Democrats argued:

We are thankful to Leader Pelosi for her years of service to our country and to our caucus. However, we also recognize that in this recent election, Democrats ran on and won on a message of change.

Pelosi Opposition Offers No Alternative Candidate

Pelosi is, so far, the only Speaker candidate to declare a bid for the post prior to the nominating vote scheduled to take place on November 28, 2018. Her opponents believe an alternative will emerge if it becomes clear Pelosi doesn’t have the votes to win.

Though undoubtedly Pelosi faces opposition from House Democrats who may plan to oppose her but declined to sign the letter, more than 90 percent of the incoming Democratic caucus did not sign.

Opposing Democrats may have another problem as well. Some Pelosi supporters say sexism and ageism are behind the attempts to push Pelosi out of the race for Speaker. Thirteen of the 16 signers of the opposition to Pelosi letter are white males, some moderates with a voting history of opposing abortion or gun control.

Support for Speaker Pelosi

Support for Nancy Pelosi’s Speaker campaign continues to grow with each passing day. The Progressive Caucus, International Association of Fire Fighters, Unidos US, MoveOn, Indivisible and former President Barack Obama have all voiced their support, just to name a few.

Pelosi, for her part, has been working continuously, meeting with individual members to discuss their priorities and committee assignment preferences. This is a very clever way of reminding them just how much latitude is given to the House Democratic leader to bestow the coveted committee leadership positions so crucial to a successful political career.

The election for Speaker of the House is scheduled for January 3, 2019.

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