By Chip McLean:
After “leading” the Democrats to another resounding defeat, Nancy “Bella” Pelosi has once again been voted by her party to be the minority party leader:
From the Hill:
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday fended off a challenge to her long leadership reign, defeating Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) in a closed-door vote prompted largely by Donald Trump’s unlikely ascension to the White House.
Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan’s 63 — winning 68 percent of the votes after declaring before the election that she had the support of two-thirds of the caucus. The victory sends a message that while there’s a growing appetite for major changes in the party’s leadership structure and messaging tactics, it’s not strong enough to loosen Pelosi’s grip on a liberal-heavy group that’s rarely challenged her authority.
Ryan and his supporters had argued that the Democrats’ grim performance in this year’s elections — the latest in a string of cycles planting Republicans firmly in the majority — was a clear signal that Pelosi’s leadership strategy has failed to attract the broad coalition of voters required to return the Speaker’s gavel to the Democrats’ hands.
The critics pointed, in particular, to the party’s alienation of the middle-class Rust Belt workers, who flocked to Trump and secured victories for a long list of vulnerable Republicans down the ballot. Ryan, who represents an Ohio manufacturing district that’s struggled to keep pace with globalization and rebound from the Great Recession, said he was the right fit to make inroads with those voters.
It would appear that the Dem establishment differs little from that of the Republican Party, in that the elitists are tone-deaf.
Pelosi’s re-election means that the Democrat party will continue to ignore middle Americans and concentrate on being the party of special interest groups, entitlements, big “gubmit”, big spending and play their usual identity politics and its ensuing idiotic political correctness.
Donald Trump won for several reasons but chiefly it was because he listened to the forgotten Americans – those middle Americans who quietly get up every day and work to provide for their families along with those many hard-working small business owners who account for millions of those jobs.
Trump was the voice of these millions of forgotten Americans who were sick of a Washington establishment that ignored and disdained them. His speaking out against PC, bad trade agreements and open borders policies that not only take jobs from Americans but also threaten their safety as well (the recent knife attacks in Ohio being the latest example) were what motivated the silent majority to go to the polls.
Some of the Dems have given lip service to the fact they blew it with these folks, but with Bella Pelosi in charge, the best they will do is offer more left-wing socialistic “solutions” to problems that require less government, not more.
They never learn, and they will likely be the minority party for quite some time.
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