Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is moving swiftly to curb a revolt that appears to be fomenting within the House Democratic Caucus. The objective of the revolutionaries, it would seem, is to oust Pelosi, and perhaps the rest of her Metamucil-fueled leadership team as well, from their fancy offices and positions of power. Younger Democrats in Congress are noting, with no small amount of frustration, that the reluctance of Pelosi and her lieutenants to step aside is keeping other deserving individuals from ever having the opportunity to gain leadership experience.
Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio is a Young Turk within the Democratic Party who feels that the Midwest (what he calls "flyover country") is lacking representation within the Democratic leadership. Although Ryan hasn't announced yet that he will challenge Pelosi for her title and sweet corner office, he is openly considering it. Others in the Democratic Caucus are urging Congressman Joe Crowley of Queens in New York City to challenge Pelosi. Crowley is the current Vice-Chair of the Democratic Caucus.
The point is being made that it's time to retire the old leadership and bring in some new talent - but Nancy Pelosi ain't having it.
Yes, she did attempt to mollify the insurgents by letting them move the leadership elections from this week until November 30th so that they could "discuss" the current state of affairs and pitch a few strategies for going forward. But going forward will include Nancy in the wheelhouse steering the ship, of that there is to be no doubt.
Yesterday Pelosi sent every Democratic Member of the House a cheery letter which said in part:
"It is with both humility and confidence that I write to request your support for House Democratic Leader. As of this writing, I am pleased to report the support of more than two-thirds of the Caucus."
Or, in plain English, "Vote against me at your own peril."
And with that bit of contrived sweetness, Nancy Pelosi brought her big hammer down on any dreams of democracy that might be welling up within the rank and file of the Democratic Party. She plans to stay at the helm until she is too frail to even lift the hammer.
Please pass the Metamucil.