Pundits believe Nancy Pelosi’s career is on the line this November.

If Democrats fail to win back the House of Representatives, angry Democrats could give her the boot.

But that political calculus was scrambled when Nancy Pelosi got this life changing news.

New York Democrat Joe Crowley was seen as a successor to Pelosi.

Crowley – who is from Queens and has been in Congress for over twenty years – was the number four Democrat in the party’s House leadership, serving as House Democratic Caucus Chairman. He had been quietly lining up support to succeed Pelosi should the caucus move in another direction after the election.

And with over twenty Democrats running for office pledging to oppose Pelosi for Speaker, Crowley had a plausible path to the position.

But that all changed when he was crushed in a primary by 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – who worked as an organizer for Bernie Sanders campaign – and based her pitch on racial identity politics and a demand that the Democrat Party lurch even further to the left.

Ocasio-Cortez explained to the New York Times the rationale behind her campaign: “What I see is that the Democratic Party takes working class communities for granted, they take people of color for granted and they just assume that we’re going to turn out no matter how bland or half-stepping these proposals are.”

New York City Councilman Danny Dromm – who represents a district part of Crowley’s turf – told Politico that he warned the campaign that a radical streak of left-wing politics was taking hold in the district:

The Queens Democratic machine that Crowley had headed for years “does not know this district and I think that was a big part of it,” Dromm said. “I told them that there is this radical wave of progressivism going on in this district and I explained that to them, and I tried to explain this could be bad for them.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s signature campaign promises included government run healthcare and abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement to allow for completely open borders that would permit anyone – including dangerous MS 13 gang members – to stroll into America.

The challenger decisively defeated Crowley 57.5 percent to 42.5 percent and signaled a sharp shift for both the Democrat Party and Nancy Pelosi’s future.

Crowley’s defeat made it clear younger Democrats are fed up with the Party’s aging leadership.

In addition to Pelosi, the top two other Democrats in House leadership – Maryland’s Stenny Hoyer and South Carolina’s James Clyburn – are both over 70-years-old.

The current crop of Democrat candidates is skewing younger, more diverse and more radical voters into their politics.

These newly energized leftists are not likely to sit idly by and follow the rules of succession to nominate Democrats who were born around World War 2 and the Korean War to lead their party.

Some pundits believe this result makes it even more likely that the next Democrat House Caucus will dump Pelosi for a generational change in leadership.

If Democrats narrowly take the House, the more than 20 Democrats who campaigned on changing leadership could flex their muscle and dump Pelosi now that they see the Party’s grassroots are fueling an anti-establishment mood.

We will keep you up to date on all developments in the 2018 campaign.