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- November 30, 2016

As Nearly One-Third Of Her Caucus Votes Against Her, Pelosi’s “Win” Reveals The Cracks In The Democrat Party Following This Month’s Devastating Losses


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • Despite winning reelection to her role as House Democrat Leader, the 63 vote opposition to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) leadership within her own caucus is embarrassing and will continue to cause Pelosi problems.
  • Pelosi’s reelection should have been wrapped up weeks ago, but a revolt within the Democrat Caucus forced the vote to be postponed and left Pelosi seething.
  • Pelosi has become the poster child for the Democrats’ Election Day failures, with members of her own party criticizing her for leading Democrats to their smallest total in the House in nearly a century and their failure to connect with working class voters.
  • Younger Democrat lawmakers are angry that they have been shut out of power, with Pelosi and her entrenched team dominating the party’s leadership in the House and leading her caucus to long-term minority status.

Today, Pelosi “Won” Reelection As House Democrat Leader By A Vote Of 134-63. “Pelosi Wins! 134-63” (John Bresnahan, Twitter Feed, 134-63)

Pelosi “Just Survived Her Most Serious Leadership Challenge In More Than A Decade.” “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) just survived her most serious leadership challenge in more than a decade.” (Amber Phillips, “Why 63 House Democrats voted to oust Nancy Pelosi,” The Washington Post, 11/30/16)

The Washington Post’s Paul Kane: Today’s Vote Was The “Highest Margin Or Rejection Pelosi Ever Faced,” With Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) Serving As “A Vessel Of Discontent” For Democrats. “That's highest margin of rejection Pelosi ever faced. She got 68% of vote - clearing 2/3 - but Ryan was just a vessel of discontent.” (Paul Kane, Twitter Feed, 11/30/16)

House Democrats Are Voicing Their Frustration With Pelosi Despite Her Reelection

Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) Issued A Statement Slamming The Vote, Saying She Is “Deeply Disappointed” By The House Democrats Decision To “Double Down On Its Failed Strategy Of Recent Years.” “I am deeply disappointed today, as the House Democratic Caucus has decided to double down on its failed strategy of recent years. It is obvious that the current strategy doesn’t work; millions of Americans don’t feel that our party represents them anymore and they’ve said so, loudly, in multiple elections. This should be a time of critical reflection and clear-eyed change, not a time to rubber stamp the failed strategy of the past. We owe better to the American people.” (Kyrsten Sinema, Twitter, 11/30/16)

  • Representative Sinema (D-AZ) Added “It Is Obvious That The Current Strategy Doesn’t Work; Millions Of Americans Don’t Feel That Our Party Represents Them Anymore And They’ve Said So, Loudly, In Multiple Elections.” “I am deeply disappointed today, as the House Democratic Caucus has decided to double down on its failed strategy of recent years. It is obvious that the current strategy doesn’t work; millions of Americans don’t feel that our party represents them anymore and they’ve said so, loudly, in multiple elections. This should be a time of critical reflection and clear-eyed change, not a time to rubber stamp the failed strategy of the past. We owe better to the American people.” (Kyrsten Sinema, Twitter, 11/30/16)

Following The Vote, Representative Kurt Schrader (D-OR) Said “I’m Very Worried We Just Signed The Democratic Party’s Death Certificate For The Next Decade And A Half…We’re Going To Be In The Minority For The Next 15 Years.” “Another Ryan supporter, Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, was less convinced, however. ‘I’m very worried we just signed the Democratic party’s death certificate for the next decade and a half unless we change and adopt what Tim’s been talking about, which is really a working man and woman’s agenda, regardless of who you are,’ he said. ‘Right now we’re a bunch of Liberal elite urbanists, except for a very few number of blue dog members,’ Schrader said. ‘Nothing’s going to change anytime soon,’ he said. ‘We’re going to be in the minority for the next 15 years.’” (Emma Loop And Lissandra Villa, “Nancy Pelosi Holds On To Her Leadership Post,” BuzzFeed, 11/30/16)

Speaking Of The Vote, Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) Said “One Third Of The Members” Of The Democrat Caucus Showed “Courage” In Voting Against Pelosi, Saying “Doing Nothing Doesn’t Make It Better.” REP MARCIA FUDGE (D-OH): “He didn’t lose today. Today, we made a caucus more responsible to its members. And so for that I congratulate him. One-third of the members of this caucus had the courage to come out and say we needed a change, and I congratulate all of them. And for those of them who voted for our leader, I think that’s great, I think she’s a wonderful leader. But what I do know, is when I go home, people are going to ask me, what did you do to make this better? Doing nothing doesn’t make it better.” (Rep. Marcia Fudge, Remarks At A Press Conference, Washington, DC, 11/30/16)

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House Democrats Were Warned About Opposing Pelosi, But Did So Anyway

Democrats Are So Fed Up With Democrat Leadership “They [Were] Willing To Cross Pelosi On A Vote They [Knew] They [Couldn’t] Win.”  “5. It's not fun anymore: The House is a majority-rules chamber: What the majority wants, it can usually get. So being in the minority just plain stinks. As Ryan told my colleague Paul Kane recently: ‘I mean, here we are in the worst shape we have been in since I first got here. This is not fun anymore. This is not fun to wallow in the minority.’ It's not clear what role, if any, Pelosi directly played in Democrats' electoral struggles. And it's not even clear how much power a House Democratic leader has to change her caucus's electoral fate. Redistricting has played a big role in the political makeup of Congress, and redistricting takes place outside Washington, in the states. But as Wednesday's leadership challenge proves, a growing number of House Democrats are so sick of being legislative and political outcasts in Congress that they are willing to cross Pelosi on a vote they know they can't win. Pelosi may have held onto her leadership post this time. But she's got to deal with all these grievances if she wants to keep it.” (Amber Phillips, “Why 63 House Democrats voted to oust Nancy Pelosi,” The Washington Post, 11/30/16)

Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) Said There Will Be A “Great Political Cost” For Opposing Pelosi. “Moulton said he’d consider supporting Pelosi and her team if they presented a credible plan to make gains in 2018. But he also hinted that he’s been told he'd pay a political price for his decision to intervene in Pelosi’s reelection. ‘There’s great political cost to what I’m doing,’ he said.” (Kyle Cheney, “Moulton Raises Doubts About Pelosi’s Claim Of Support,” Politico¸11/16/16)

FAR FROM A WIN, PELOSI’S UNDERPERFORMANCE IN THE LEADERSHIP ELECTION IS A SEVERE BLOW

The Size Of The Anti-Pelosi Vote Is “A Major Concern” And “Embarrassing”

“The Size Of The Anti-Pelosi Vote Will Be A Major Concern” For Pelosi, And Could Be “Embarrassing.” “The size of the anti-Pelosi vote will be a major concern for her even if she hangs on. While the leadership vote will be conducted by secret ballot, and whip lists for leadership races can be notoriously unreliable, dozens of Democrats are likely to vote against her. How many is still unclear; estimates range from the low 20s to the high 60s, short of the majority of 198 House Democrats required (including 4 delegates) but still a significant — and potentially embarrassing number for Pelosi.” (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, “Besieged Pelosi Favored To Survive,” Politico, 11/30/16)

CNN's Manu Raju Said The Vote Total Showed That Pelosi Was “More Vulnerable Than We May Have Thought A Few Weeks Ago.” CNN’S MANU RAJU: “Nancy Pelosi, a little bit more vulnerable than we may have thought a few weeks ago. John and Kate.” CNN’S KATE BOLDUAN: “That’s absolutely right. Manu, thank you so much.” (CNN’s “At This Hour,” 11/30/16)

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Pelosi Ridiculously Claimed That The 63 Votes Against Her “Weren’t Defections”

When Asked About The 63 Votes For Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Pelosi Told CNN’s Manu Raju “They Weren’t Defections, I Got Two-Thirds Of The Vote.” “Just asked Pelosi about the 63 members who voted for Ryan. ‘They weren't defections, I got two-thirds of the vote.’” (Manu Raju, Twitter Feed, 11/30/16)

(Manu Raju, Twitter Feed, 11/30/16)

Instead Of Spending Time With Her Caucus And Whipping Support, Pelosi Palled Around With Liberal Elites

Pelosi Dismissed Ryan’s Challenge, Saying She Hadn’t Seen Any Support For Him, And Chose To Spend Her Time “Reaching Out To The Party’s Losing Candidates Rather Than” Whipping Colleagues For Support. “In an interview, Ms. Pelosi brushed off his challenge. ‘I haven’t noticed it,’ she said when asked if Mr. Ryan had won appreciable support. She added that she had spent last weekend reaching out to the party’s losing candidates rather than rounding up support from her colleagues.” (Jonathan Martin and Emmarie Huetteman, “After Democrats’ Losses, Nancy Pelosi Becomes A Symbol Of What Went Wrong,” The New York Times, 11/29/16)

Less Than A Week After The Election, Pelosi Spent Time At A Ritzy Washington Gathering Of “Rich Liberals,” Including Billionaire Donor George Soros.” “George Soros and other rich liberals who spent tens of millions of dollars trying to elect Hillary Clinton are gathering in Washington for a three-day, closed door meeting to retool the big-money left to fight back against Donald Trump.” (Kenneth Vogel, “Soros Bands With Donors To Resist Trump, ‘Take Back Power,’” Politico, 11/14/16)

Pelosi Also Rubbed Elbows With Other “Darlings Of The Left,” Including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) And Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). “The conference, which kicked off Sunday night at Washington’s pricey Mandarin Oriental hotel, is sponsored by the influential Democracy Alliance donor club, and will include appearances by leaders of most leading unions and liberal groups, as well as darlings of the left such as House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chairman Keith Ellison, according to an agenda and other documents obtained by POLITICO.” (Kenneth Vogel, “Soros Bands With Donors To Resist Trump, ‘Take Back Power,’” Politico, 11/14/16)

MANY HOUSE DEMOCRATS WERE IN OPEN REVOLT LEADING UP TO THE LEADERSHIP VOTE

Before Voting Began, Dozens Of Democrats Publicly And Privately Said They Were Backing Pelosi’s Challenger

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) Said That Under Pelosi’s Leadership, “Democrats Have Been Reduced To Our Smallest Congressional Minority Since 1929,” And That Keeping Current Leadership “Will Simply Lead To More Disappointment.” “‘Under our current leadership, Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929. This should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections,’ Ryan added.” (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, “Tim Ryan To Challenge Pelosi For Minority Leader,” Politico, 11/17/16)

Going Into The Vote Tim Ryan Had 12 Public Endorsements. “A powerful force in Democratic politics and prolific fundraiser, Pelosi is also known as an effective vote counter — and is likely taking into account potential defections. Ryan has only 12 public endorsements, but he has argued that it’s time for a change and that what House Democrats are doing now is ‘not working.’ He’s charged that Pelosi is running only to further empower herself, to the detriment of the rest of the caucus, a charge Pelosi dismissed in an interview with the Huffington Post as ‘almost pathetic.’” (Kate Nocera, “More Than A Dozen Pelosi Supporters Consider Turning On Her,” BuzzFeed, 11/29/16)

Last Night, BuzzFeed Reported That “More Than A Dozen Lawmakers Who Have Told Pelosi They Planned On Supporting Her…Were Either Wavering Or Fully Intend To Support Ryan.” “But while Ryan is still expected to fall short in his bid for leader, more than a dozen lawmakers who have told Pelosi they planned on supporting her have told BuzzFeed News they were either wavering or fully intended to support Ryan. The members spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of alienating their once, and probably future, leader. The vote will be held on a secret ballot, allowing members to publicly declare their intent for Pelosi while later voting against her.” (Kate Nocera, “More Than A Dozen Pelosi Supporters Consider Turning On Her,” BuzzFeed, 11/29/16)

Earlier This Month, Pelosi Had To Postpone Leadership Elections When A “Rebellion” Within Her Caucus Erupted

Pelosi Wanted To Have Her Reelection Settled Two Weeks Ago, But Had To Postpone Democrat Leadership Elections “After A Rank And File Rebellion.” “Pelosi had initially hoped to wrap up the elections for her job and other top Democratic posts on Thursday. She had to postpone the internal votes until Nov. 30 after a rank-and-file rebellion earlier this week.” (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, “Tim Ryan To Challenge Pelosi For Minority Leader,” Politico, 11/17/16)

  • More Than 30 Rank And File Democrats Signed A Letter Demanding That Pelosi Delay The Democrat Leadership Elections. “Seth Moulton, a Salem Democrat, helped organize the push to postpone the elections to Nov. 30, gathering more than 30 signatures for a letter to House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and convening a dinner at Acqua Al 2, an Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill, with 20 other mostly younger House Democrats to strategize about the caucus.” (Victoria McGrane and Astead W. Herndon, “Democrats, Including Some From Mass., Rebel In House,” The Boston Globe, 11/15/16)

Rather Than Calming Her Conference, Pelosi Lashed Out And Was Described As “Very Angry,” “Furious,” And “Extremely Defensive.” “Pelosi was described as ‘very angry,’ ‘furious’ and ‘extremely defensive’ by multiple sources during what was an often ‘raucous’ gathering.” (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, ”House Democrats Delay Leadership Elections In Blow To Pelosi,” Politico, 11/15/16)

Rank And File Democrats Believe Pelosi And Senior Leadership Are “Calcified” And “Stood In The Way”

Democrats Have Complained That Pelosi And Her Leadership Team Have “Calcified,” Giving No Sign Of Ever Moving On. “Pelosi has given no sign that she is moving on, though. And there are complaints that as she sticks around, her leadership team has calcified.” (Billy House, “Challenge To Pelosi Reveals Gaps In Top House Democrat’s Armor,” Bloomberg, 11/30/16)

  • Pelosi Has Led The House Democrats Since 2003. “When Pelosi, who has led House Democrats since 2003, announced she’d run once again for her party’s top leadership post in the House, she said she had secured the support of more than two-thirds of the caucus.” (Kate Nocera, “More Than A Dozen Pelosi Supporters Consider Turning On Her,” BuzzFeed, 11/29/16)

Pelosi And Her Leadership Team “Have Stood In The Way Of Younger, Ambitious Lawmakers For Over A Decade Now.” “She retains a tight grip on important decisions such as who controls the party’s campaign arm, and, more to the point, she and the two other highest-ranking House Democrats are septuagenarians who have stood in the way of younger, ambitious lawmakers for over a decade now.” (Jonathan Martin and Emmarie Huetteman, “After Democrats’ Losses, Nancy Pelosi Becomes A Symbol Of What Went Wrong,” The New York Times, 11/29/16)

  • A Faction Of “Younger Members,” Led By Reps. Joe Kennedy (D-MA) And Derek Kilmer (D-WA), Who Were Previously “Unflinchingly Loyal To Pelosi,” Are Now Demanding Changes To The Way The Caucus Is Run. “Another faction is centered around Reps. Joseph Kennedy III of Massachusetts and Derek Kilmer of Washington. It includes an assortment of younger members, many of whom have been unflinchingly loyal to Pelosi in the past. They want to see changes to rules to give them a bigger say in caucus policy and messaging.” (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, “Besieged Pelosi Favored To Survive,” Politico, 11/30/16)

“Unlike House Republicans, Democrats Don’t Impost Term Limits On The Top Post On Committees,” Which Has Led To A “Generational Gap Between Party Leaders And Rank-And-File Members.” “Unlike House Republicans, Democrats don’t impose term limits on the top posts on committees, which only intensifies the generational gap between party leaders and rank-and-file members.” (Billy House, “Challenge To Pelosi Reveals Gaps In Top House Democrat’s Armor,” Bloomberg, 11/30/16)

To Stave Off Challengers, Pelosi Is Trying To Pack The House Democrat Leadership Team With Allies, Creating New Posts To Be Filled By Members “Who Have Been Supportive Of Her Longtime Tenure.” “Separately, Pelosi on Friday released her slate of nominees for leadership posts, a list that includes many allies and junior members who have been supportive of her longtime tenure. She picked three members to lead House Democrats’ communications arm together: Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and Pennsylvania Rep. Matt Cartwright. Pelosi tapped Rep. Ben Ray Luján to lead the DCCC again, despite Democrats only picking up six seats in the election. And she picked Rep. Eric Swalwell, a staunch ally, to lead the Steering and Policy Committee with current co-chair Rosa DeLauro (another lawmaker who is close to Pelosi).” (Heather Caygle, “Black Caucus Member Knocks Pelosi Over Leadership Shakeup,” Politico, 11/28/16)

Members Of The Congressional Black Caucus Have Openly Criticized Pelosi’s Attempted Leadership Makeover, Claiming It Would Hurt Them

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-LA), “A Prominent Member Of The Congressional Black Caucus,” Strongly Criticized “Pelosi’s Proposed Leadership Makeover,” Saying It Would Hurt The Group. “A prominent member of the Congressional Black Caucus is raising alarms over Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's proposed leadership makeover, arguing that her proposed changes could dilute the group's power. The criticisms were outlined in a letter from Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) over the Thanksgiving break. It comes as Pelosi faces her first real leadership challenge in years on Wednesday when caucus members — many still fuming over Democrats’ poor showing on Election Day — vote on their leaders for the next Congress.” (Heather Caygle, “Black Caucus Member Knocks Pelosi Over Leadership Shakeup,” Politico, 11/28/16)

  • Richmond Was “Troubled” That Pelosi’s Proposed Changes Seemed “To Target” Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC), “A 12-Term CBC Member.” “Richmond said he's particularly troubled that Pelosi's proposals ‘seem to target the portfolio’ of the third-ranking leadership post, currently held by Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), a 12-term CBC member, by making that position an elected seat reserved for lawmakers who have served three terms or less.” (Mike Lillis, “Black Lawmaker Troubled By Pelosi Caucus Challenge,” The Hill, 11/27/16)
  • “Several Sources On And Off Of Capitol Hill Said Clyburn Is Also Unhappy With The Proposed Changes.” (Mike Lillis, “Black Lawmaker Troubled By Pelosi Caucus Challenge,” The Hill, 11/27/16)

PELOSI HAS FACED A WAVE OF CRITICISM IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE SHELLACKING DEMOCRATS TOOK ON ELECTION DAY

The New York Times Headline: “After Democrats’ Losses, Nancy Pelosi Becomes A Symbol Of What Went Wrong” (Jonathan Martin and Emmarie Huetteman, “After Democrats’ Losses, Nancy Pelosi Becomes A Symbol Of What Went Wrong,” The New York Times, 11/29/16)

“House Democrats Are In A Funk” And They Want Change After Being In The Minority For 6 Years And Counting. “1. Change: This is the chief reason given by those who voted for Ryan over Pelosi: House Democrats are in a funk (they've been in the minority for six years and counting), so changing up their leadership is the logical step to try to get out of it. ‘Change is necessary. And the only way we’re going to survive is to get change; they’re connected,’ Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II of Missouri, an undecided voter going into the leadership vote, told Politico. ‘We’ve never changed anything since I’ve been here.’” (Amber Phillips, “Why 63 House Democrats voted to oust Nancy Pelosi,” The Washington Post, 11/30/16)

  • The House Democrats Keep Underperforming Expectations And Losing. “4. Losing: ‘What's wrong with your current leadership?’ NPR's Steve Inskeep asked Ryan in a recent interview. ‘Well, they keep losing,’ Ryan replied. Or, at least, House Democrats keep underperforming expectations. In three out of the past four elections, House Democrats have failed to pick up as many seats as political analysts predicted they would. (This November, they picked up six seats in a cycle where Pelosi had predicted they'd get at least 20.) Since President Obama's election, Democrats have lost more than 60 House seats. They've been in the minority since 2010 — and all but four of the last 22 years — with no end in sight.  As Ryan told MSNBC earlier this month: ‘We have the smallest minority since 1929 in our caucus. If you take state, federal officials, we have the smallest numbers since Reconstruction. If that's not a call for doing something differently, I don't know what is.’ Pretty much anyway you calculate it, House Democrats are not winning. Here's Rep. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona declaring that reelecting Pelosi is akin to doubling down on a ‘failed strategy.’” (Amber Phillips, “Why 63 House Democrats voted to oust Nancy Pelosi,” The Washington Post, 11/30/16)

One Anonymous Democrat Member Said “We Have Lost Election After election After Election And Our Leadership Doesn’t Even Want To Discuss It With Us.” “A Democratic lawmaker backing Ryan who asked not to be named said support is building for a leadership shakeup and took issue with the criticism of Ryan's dues payments. ‘This is not the time to start taking potshots,’ said the member, referencing Ryan’s delinquent dues specifically. ‘We have lost election after election after election and our leadership doesn’t even want to discuss it with us. They don’t want to hear our concerns.’” (Heather Caygle and John Bresnahan, “Pelosi Confronts Discontent In The Ranks,” Politico, 11/14/16)

Democrats Have Blamed Pelosi For Their Loss Of Support From White Working-Class Voters

Concerned Democrat Lawmakers Cited Pelosi’s As The Reason Democrats Have Lost White Working-Class Support. “Another Democrat, who was leaning towards voting for Ryan, said that Ryan would be a better choice as the party has lost a huge amount of support with white working-class voters, and would need a more moderate voice to help win them back.” (Kate Nocera, “More Than A Dozen Pelosi Supporters Consider Turning On Her,” BuzzFeed, 11/29/16)

Pelosi Has Become The Target For “Complaints That Democrats Have Failed To Offer A Compelling, Broad-Based Economic Message To The Working-Class Voters In The Midwest And South.” “But she has become a stand-in for complaints that Democrats have failed to offer a compelling, broad-based economic message to the working-class voters in the Midwest and South who helped them capture the House 10 years ago and made Ms. Pelosi the first woman speaker.” (Jonathan Martin and Emmarie Huetteman, “After Democrats’ Losses, Nancy Pelosi Becomes A Symbol Of What Went Wrong,” The New York Times, 11/29/16)

Pundits & Editorial Boards Have Criticized Pelosi And Endorsed Her Ouster

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank On House Democrat Leadership: “It Is Time For Them To Go.” “Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, will be 77 next year. Steny Hoyer, her deputy, will be 78. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 Democratic leader, will be 77. Their current ages, if combined, would date back to 1787, the year George Washington presided over the signing of the Constitution. It is time for them to go.” (Dana Milbank, Opinion, “For Democrats To Recover, Nancy Pelosi And Her Team Should Go,” The Washington Post, 11/25/16)

The Detroit News Opinion Headline: “Nancy Pelosi Needs To Go” (Bankole Thompson, “Nancy Pelosi Needs To Go,” The Detroit News, 11/20/16)

  • The Detroit News’ Bankole Thompson: “When A General Loses A War, It Is Expected That He Or She Should No Longer Lead Another Army To Battle.” “When a general loses a war, it is expected that he or she should no longer lead another army to battle. The lesson is that anyone who was the leader in a party that lost not only a presidential but also congressional election has no standing to lead that party into another election. The individual simply needs to go.” (Bankole Thompson, “Nancy Pelosi Needs To Go,” The Detroit News, 11/20/16)
  • Thompson: “She Should Have Offered Her Resignation The Day After The Election And Led A Call For New Leadership In The Party.” “Pelosi should not wait for the troops in the House to decide her fate. She should have offered her resignation the day after the election and led a call for new leadership in the party.” (Bankole Thompson, “Nancy Pelosi Needs To Go,” The Detroit News, 11/20/16)

The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board: Pelosi “Has Ruled House Democrats…Like Boss Tweed Ran Tammany Hall.” “That leadership is personified by the 76-year-old Mrs. Pelosi, who has ruled House Democrats since 2002 like Boss Tweed ran Tammany Hall—rewarding loyalty with campaign cash and committee assignments. She has responded to Mr. Ryan’s challenge by expanding the top echelons with even more attendants.” (Editorial, “Nancy Pelosi’s Minority Party,” The Wall Street Journal, 11/29/16)

 


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