GA-6’s Real Loser May Be Pelosi
Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in the GA-6 special election runoff may be the actual result of the recent election, but the real loser of GA-6 may well be Nancy Pelosi. As the crazy, old bat is seen by many Democrats as one of the major reasons for Ossoff’s defeat.
Some Democrats want to replace Pelosi atop their caucus, as they have more and more since last Novemberâ€™s poor showing at the pollsÂ they say that it will be impossible to get back into a Congressional majority with her as their leader.
I think youâ€™d have to be an idiot to think we could win the House with Pelosi at the top. Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost. But she certainly is one of the reasons.
— Representative Filemon Vela Jr. (D-TX-34)
There comes a time when every leader has to say, â€˜For the good of the order and for the betterment of the party, itâ€™s time for me to step aside.â€™ And I wish that that would happen right now. This is not a personal thing. I want to get back in the majority.
— Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY-4)
Yes, it looks like there’s a certain and growing amount of rancor against Pelosi and that more and more Democrats believe that she has become an anchor around their party’s neck. Simply put, irrespective of whether or not Pelosi is a competent negotiator and political sausage grinder, there’s the waxing belief that her public presence does more to aid Republicans seeking office than Democrats do so. And do remember that, at the end of the day, these are professional politicians. As such, they’re far more concerned about elections than legislating.
While I doubt that Pelosi will be removed as Minority Leader, I do see her having to defend herself and her privilege to hold that position as a clear sign that she’s suffered the greatest loss in GA-6’s election.