Nancy Pelosi Has Got to Go


The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.

Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.

Rank-and-file Democrats are complaining loudly that the party’s message operation failed during the election cycle. Members of the [Congressional Black Caucus] are angry over the defeat of Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford. And nasty fights over ranking member spots have broken out all over the place — including another tug of war between Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer over the top Democratic post on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

A routine internal debate over proxy voting for the ranking member posts — it hasn’t been allowed in decades — turned into national news because Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a disabled war veteran expecting her first child soon, won’t be allowed to cast her vote since she can’t travel back to Capitol Hill.

Sticking with a barely-animated leader who is now (rightly) more associated with incompetence and multiple losing election cycles than she will ever be associated with via history for the 2006 takeover (which, lets face it, was more the work of Howard Dean than of corporate Dems such as Pelosi) is the kind of crap that culturally and politically neutralizes the obscenity of House Republicans having a set of committee chairs that is again 100% male but now even whiter going into 2015 than 2013. (How? Unprosecuted criminal Darrell Issa, who is of Lebanese descent, is no longer going to be a committee chair.)  Stated differently: It gives Republican talking heads some ammunition to be somewhat truthful when they go into their ‘both sides do it’ yammering, because defying 21st century reality and logic by sticking with a decrepit, incompetent leader isn’t really anything to be proud of even if the decrepit, incompetent leader happens to be a woman.  (And lets face it, Republicans have long been cultivating a crop of young, self-loathing christianist barbie candidates to appeal to angry white males who vote with their hormones.)

Here’s a thought, stick with a woman leader, but do so by stealing the ‘defense’ meme from Republicans who are going to con as many people as they can with what Joni Ernst is claiming that her life story is.

In short…

Tammy Duckworth for Minority Leader.

The time is now.


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