After being wiped out in the 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections, Democrats are struggling to regroup.
Their focus on far-left racial and identity politics has left their party in rubble.
And there may be one high-profile casualty due to the political fallout.
Nancy Pelosi has held her position as the top Democrat in the House since 2003.
As Speaker of the House, she helped ram through Obama’s agenda’s, including ObamaCare and the failed stimulus package.
Democrats continually paid the price at the ballot box for the far-left agenda Obama and Pelosi enacted while in power.
Now that the Democrats have suffered a stunning loss in 2016, many on the left are wondering if Pelosi’s brand of San Francisco liberalism is where the party should plant their flag.
Sensing turmoil in her ranks, Pelosi tried to make a strong statement that she was running and had the support of her caucus.
Pelosi penned a letter to her House Democrat colleagues announcing her intention to run and that she already has the support of two-thirds of the caucus.
“It is with both humility and confidence that I write to request your support for House Democratic Leader. As of this writing, I am pleased to report the support of more than two-thirds of the Caucus.
In the days since the election, I have been deeply grateful for the insights Members have shared with me. We have all been deeply moved by the stories and concerns of our constituents. They elected us to fight for their jobs, families and futures. We have and we will!
Your wisdom and leadership will be essential to our efforts in the months ahead. We must proceed with a clear vision, firm values and innovative strategy.
To be a strong voice for hard-working families and to uphold the values we cherish as Americans, House Democrats must be unified, strategic and unwavering. These qualities took us to victory in 2006 and I believe they will do so again. We must start now!
Thank you for your leadership, your friendship and your consideration. I would be honored by your support”
But does Pelosi truly have the overwhelming support of her caucus?
House Democrats voted to delay leadership elections.
That’s a clear sign Pelosi a.) did not have the votes and b.) the caucus wants to consider other options.
One Democrat also believes Pelosi is overstating her support.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) – who gathered enough signatures to force Pelosi to delay leadership elections – also questions Pelosi’s level of support.
“I haven’t seen her list [of supporters],” Moulton said, “but she said that the overwhelming view of the caucus was to hold elections on Thursday and obviously that was not the overwhelming view.”
Moulton said he’s not sure how many members are willing to buck Pelosi’s bid for a new term as Democratic leader, but he said “an awful lot of people are coming to me and saying, ‘I want other options.’”
Moulton said he’d consider supporting Pelosi and her team if they presented a credible plan to make gains in 2018. But he also hinted that he’s been told he’d pay a political price for his decision to intervene in Pelosi’s reelection.
“There’s great political cost to what I’m doing,” he said. Asked whether he’d been warned by anyone to anticipate such a cost, he said, “I’m not worried about it. I’m just trying to do the right thing.”
The delay of the elections allows time for a challenger to emerge and round up the votes.
Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio said he has a deadline of Thursday to decide if he is in the race to unseat Pelosi.
The Democrats are in chaos right now.
Working class voters across the country – and especially in Rust Belt states like Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – rejected the far-left cultural liberalism that’s defined the Obama and Pelosi years.
But some pundits point out that even if the Democrat Party changes leadership, they will still promote the same far-left policies.
Changing the messenger, but still maintaining the radical policies rejected by the American people, is a recipe for the continued marginalization of the Democratic Party.