Here’s something to strike fear into the hearts of all Republicans: Have the Democrats oust Nancy Pelosi as House minority leader.
There is very good reason for her caucus to dump her: She is the tired face of a stale party. She’s 78 years old and hasn’t had a fresh idea since ordering a salad back in the nineties.
She and the rest of her leadership were all born before Pearl Harbor. They’re all from the elite coasts. To them, flyover country is when you slide down the window and watch a movie. Pelosi’s idea of a policy platform is Dump Trump.
Oh, and here’s something else: Under her leadership Democrats have been skunked in House elections in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Other than that, Pelosi’s been a huge political success. Barack Obama, another assiduous fundraiser, loves her.
So do Republicans, who make her the poster elder for ‘Vote GOP!’ at every opportunity. With considerable success.
But now comes something ominous: A new poll finds more than twice as many respondents want new, younger, fresher leadership atop the Democratic Party in Congress. Remember, its Senate leader is Chuck Schumer, the youngster of that crowd at 67.
Of course, new leadership could threaten to create a more vibrant political alternative for voters to choose from, anathema to the status quo incumbents who inhabit Capitol Hill.
The new Economist/YouGov Poll found a meager 15 percent of respondents want to keep Pelosi atop the Democrat House caucus, while 32 percent prefer some other Democrat.
Twice during her tenure, most recently after the 2016 debacle, San Franciscan Pelosi has faced unsuccessful challenges from younger members, last time from an Ohioan, if you can believe such impudence.
Pelosi has said she has no intention of stepping down when Democrats win the 23 seats they need to take back the House in November’s midterms.
Of course, voters have a little something to say about that, and generic congressional polls have displayed a distinct trend toward Republicans in recent months. That would fly in the face of history. Since War II, a president’s party has lost House seats in his first midterm elections 16 of 18 times.
But Pelosi, who routinely predicts taking back the House regardless of reality, remains optimistic about becoming speaker again. “It’s important that it not be five white guys at the table, no offense,” she says. “I have no intention of walking away from that table.”
Republicans can only hope she keeps her word.