[Ed. – There is a cancer on the Congress.]
Are the sharks circling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) again? No, she’s fine. She’ll win re-election. She’ll remain leader of the House Democrats, but that doesn’t mean that those party members trying to flip seats to retake the House are starting to view her as a problem. Alex Roarty of McClatchy noted how those who are in the business of trying to flip districts next year are not too keen to endorse the California Democrat, adding that new blood is needed in the leadership:
In a survey of 20 Democratic House candidates, only one – a former Senate staffer from Orange County, California – would state support for the congresswoman staying on as leader of the House Democratic Caucus. Of the rest, 18 declined to say if Pelosi should keep her job, while one, a political newcomer from a culturally conservative Ohio district, said he would vote for someone other than Pelosi.
Their refusal is a remarkable development for an already embattled minority leader, even if other congressional leaders, like Republicans House Speaker Paul Ryan or Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, are similarly unpopular in polls. More significant, however, are the implications that the candidates’ refusal carries for next year’s midterm elections.