It is widely expected that Nancy Pelosi is going to House Speaker again when the new session of Congress starts in January. The move makes sense. She’s done it before. She’s got power. A lot of Democrats owe her for the funding they received for their campaigns.
At the same time, Pelosi didn’t exactly hit it out of the park during her time as Speaker. Democrats lost 1,000 seats across the country during her reign. Over the last few days, there has been talk about the possibility that Pelosi won’t have the votes.
Is it possible this isn’t a done deal?
From The Daily Wire:
But that might not be as set in stone as many would assume. Ten Democrat congressmen — including incumbents and newly elected members — told Politico they would vote against Pelosi for House Speaker. Eight sitting members or their offices told Politico on Thursday they would vote against Pelosi, while two newly elected members had said the same on Tuesday.
“That’s an issue for Pelosi, who has led the Democratic caucus for 16 years, and significantly narrows her margin for error in her bid to lock down the 218 votes needed to return to the speakership,” Politico reported.
Democrats picked up 31 seats so far in the midterm election, with more yet to be determined. Their majority is just eight seats right now, meaning that’s all the votes Pelosi could lose and still become Speaker with the necessary 218 votes. Democrats believe they’ll end up with another six seats once more races are called, allowing Pelosi to lose the votes of 14 members.
Eight current Democrats are leading the anti-Pelosi effort, and reaching out to new members to try and get them on board, as many have called for “new leadership.”
That would be an interesting turn of events. Do Democrats possess the necessary amount of self awareness to go in a different direction?
One thing is for sure. If Pelosi is Speaker again it’s going to be an absolute circus.