Has Nancy Pelosi lost more than just the Speaker position in the House? Today’s vote shows that more than just the ‘blue dogs’ have problems with a Pelosi minority leader.
There are many reasons why Democrats suffered its worst defeat in the House since 1938 — a net loss of 61 as of this writing, with the possibility of three more seats falling to the GOP. Nancy Pelosi may not be a major one. Yes, as retiring Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said today on Talk of the Nation, she was vilified throughout the campaign by Republican candidates everywhere. But, he insisted, it was the state of the economy, not Nancy Pelosi, that was responsible for the shellacking. Had the unemployment rate been 5 percent, instead of approaching 10 percent, Stupak added, she would still be speaker heading into 2011.
But Rep. Allen Boyd (D-Fla.), who lost his bid for an eighth term, is quoted by the Associated Press as saying, “The truth is, she is the face that defeated us in this last election.”
Forty-three votes against your incumbent leader is not encouraging, but it’s also no record. The late Mo Udall (D-Ariz.), who made what was another quixotic run against his party’s leadership back in December 1968 — when he took on Speaker John McCormack — got 58 votes in that challenge. McCormack won easily, but it was a sign that there was a desire, among some members, for “new leadership.”
Today’s vote could be a sign of turmoil to come for Democrats in the next Congress.
Read the full story at What To Make Of The 43 ‘No’ Votes Against Nancy Pelosi : It’s All Politics : NPR.