In a desperate bid to reclaim the gavel as Speaker of the House in the new Democrat-controlled lower chamber come January, Nancy Pelosi is in all-out campaign mode. Yet, what should be a clear restoration of power for the current Minority Leader looks to be an uphill battle in her own party, which is fractured in its support. Breitbart reported on Monday that Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) would not support Pelosi for Speaker, arguing that it’s time for new leadership in the party. Despite the internal rifts, Pelosi remains confident she’ll be given the gavel once more by her colleagues. Regardless of what happens, however, the Democrats’ slim majority will not be unified with an agenda, which means President Trump will almost certainly pin the gridlock on House Democrats being unable to agree on anything ahead of the 2020 election.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is engaged in a full-on campaign for the House Speakership and is taking nothing for granted. Her move comes as more Democrats come out against her nascent bid to regain the Speaker’s gavel she lost when Republicans took the majority in the 2010 midterm elections.
While Democrats retook the House majority in the 2018 midterms, a new Democrat majority that will be seated in January 2019, Pelosi’s bid for another term as Speaker is anything but certain. While she remains the favorite, and has no intra-Democrat Party challenger, Pelosi’s struggle to get to 218 votes–the majority necessary to win the Speakership on the floor of the House of Representatives–could not be clearer.
On Monday, two senior Democrats–Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR)–made clear in comments to Politico that they would not be supporting Pelosi. Now, late Tuesday in comments to CNN, two more Democrats–Reps. Seth Moulton (D-MA) and Filemon Vela (D-TX)–joined the public opposition to Pelosi’s speakership candidacy with warnings that she will not have the votes necessary to retake the gavel.