Nancy Pelosi’s caucus has come off the rails and that isn’t even the biggest problem facing House Democrats.
Impeachment; Ukraine; That “maniac in the White House”: It isn’t as if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t already have her hands full.
While returning to the speakers gavel must have initially felt like a victory for Pelosi, since the day she achieved a Democratic majority in the House in 2018, she has been presiding over a three-ring circus.
Even after the Mueller Investigation failed to oust Trump, newly elected House Democrats became ever more vocal in demanding Pelosi begin impeachment proceedings against the President. That is, when Freshmen Democrats weren’t being taken to task for accusing their colleagues publicly of taking bribes or trash talking fellow Democrats on Twitter.
Now, the new firebrands in the Democrat Party have finally gotten their wish. They may soon wish they hadn’t.
With the Senate highly unlikely to convict, a President that seems to be daring Democrats on an almost daily basis to come after him and constantly muddying the waters, and few potential outcomes that involve actually removing Trump from office, it is difficult to see how Pelosi intends to guide Democrats out of this mess to electoral victory.
Because the thing that should be making House Speaker Nancy Pelosi most nervous doesn’t have anything to do with the House at all.
It matters a great deal who is at the top of the Democratic ticket in 2020; it matters who gets the nomination for president. Much is riding on whether or not that person will turn out historic numbers of Democrats to vote on election day.
Yet, after three years of Donald Trump, and an overly-crowded field of Democratic candidates, average voting Democrats are so underwhelmed by their choices at the moment that more and more prominent liberal voices are calling for big names like former First Lady Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton to enter the race.
Democrats are scared. And they should be.
Not one of the current crop of Democrats running for president is discussing plans to grow the economy, avoid the recession they swear is right around the corner, and keep Americans working at the current record levels. Ironically, only billionaire Tom Steyer seems to understand that the working-class is likely to vote with their pocketbooks in 2020.
Voters who abandoned the Democrat Party in 2016 to vote for President Trump may have been willing to return to the fold for a moderate Democrat like Joe Biden, but they are less likely to do so for a candidate who promises to raise their taxes. No matter how irritating that voter might find Donald Trump.
Unfortunately, most political experts believe that Biden is all but finished in the race for the Democratic nomination. Most also grudgingly note that former Vice President Joe Biden was never really that strong a candidate to begin with. In spite of his early fundraising numbers, and his solid-gold status as a moderate Democrat, there were plenty of early indications the primary would not play out well for Biden.
Whether former President Barack Obama withheld it, or Biden rejected it, the lack of an endorsement from his former boss was a ringing blow.
Biden’s tendency toward gaffes notwithstanding, questions about Hunter Biden were bound to come up during Biden’s run at the Oval Office. A best-selling book was published in 2018 about political corruption in Washington; one chapter was on the Bidens.
Donald Trump, or even one of Biden’s fellow aspirants for the Democratic nomination, would have raised the subject of Hunter Biden eventually. It was low-hanging fruit. Perhaps Democrats are lucky that Hunter Biden and Donald Trump took Joe Biden out of the race so early, while there is still time to find another moderate nominee.
If Donald Trump had waited until after Joe Biden cinched the nomination, the party might not have been able to pivot in time.
And pivot it must. By continuing to ignore the middle-class and working-class, and worse the U.S. economy, Democrats are digging themselves in deeper with a series of theatrical political gambits that greatly please Democrats already planning to vote Democrat at the expense of the independent and moderate votes the party needs to win the Oval Office.
And keep the House majority.
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)