Pelosi says when Democrats win the House next year, they will introduce two voting rights bills on first day
— Sam Levine (@srl) June 22, 2017
One Dem invited to Pelosi coup meeting tells me "It's petering out. I don't think anything is happening."
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) June 22, 2017
Cue the Somewhat Soiled Lady, a day late and a hot-take short — “Nancy Pelosi Tells Democratic Critics, ‘I Think I’m Worth the Trouble’”:
The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, strolled before the cameras on Thursday with defeat at her back once more, projecting a well-worn swagger — brash, defiant, more than a little off key — as she insisted that her moment had not passed…
With six words, Ms. Pelosi, 77, demonstrated the self-assurance that has powered her as one of the most successful congressional leaders in the modern era. Yet even as Democrats enjoy a surge of grass-roots energy that could resurrect their House majority, some members of Ms. Pelosi’s own party are impatient for her to give up her 15-year grip on power.
She is the Democrat most crucial to determining whether her party can take back the House and torpedo President Trump’s agenda — an avatar of the kind of coastal excess that Republicans abhor and that some progressives have come to view suspiciously in an age of ascendant populism.
“Everybody wants leaders,” she said in an interview in her office at the Capitol, during which she was often as dismissive of critics in her own party as she was of the Republican opposition. “Not a lot of people want to be led.”…
To many Democrats, Ms. Pelosi is their own indispensable woman, a legislative genius, tactical wizard and prolific fund-raiser whose ability to hold together a fractious caucus is written in her own success in passing many laws, and blocking even more.
But some in her caucus have reached a different conclusion: She is not, well, worth it.
Representative Kathleen Rice, Democrat of New York, said flatly that Democrats had lost their way and could not win the majority back with Ms. Pelosi leading the party. Ms. Rice hosted a Thursday afternoon meeting of just over a dozen anti-Pelosi House Democrats, according to Representative Tim Ryan of Ohio, who attended. The would-be coup plotters did not emerge with “any action items,” Mr. Ryan said…
Youngbloods gonna youngblood, but their ongoing problem remains: The only people who really want Pelosi to retire are Republicans and the More-Progressive-Than-Thou men who wouldn’t vote for a mere Democrat if the alternative were undergoing vasectomy with a melon baller.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) June 22, 2017
Reminder: Pelosi's biggest critics in the caucus are the Blue Dogs and some of the New Dems, who all want to vote with the GOP more.
— Jonathan Cohn (@JonathanCohn) June 22, 2017
Notice they also want her to step down. They don't want to find a better candidate, run against her and win. Voting is just not their thing.
— Leo Santos (@_leosantos) June 22, 2017
Mr. Charles P. Pierce, on the button, as usual:
…If you’re proposing to replace Pelosi, prepare for the inevitable result. The pressure on the replacement—from Republicans, certainly, but also from the elite political media—to work “on a bipartisan basis” with the zombie-eyed granny starver and his band of cutthroats, or to find “common ground” with the folks down at Camp Runamuck, is going to be well-nigh overwhelming. And that’s not even to mention the both-siderist frenzy that will erupt during the fight to elect a new leader. Dems In Disarray is a Beltway classic. This would be its loudest revival performance in years. And, in any case, if you’re demanding that Pelosi be dumped because of her usefulness as a Republican cartoon, aren’t you already pretty much admitting defeat?
Whatever you think of Pelosi, scapegoating her for Ossoff's loss is the kind of weak, pandering cowardice that actually does hold Dems back
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) June 22, 2017
One of these days, Pelosi will step down (or die in harness, like Teddy Kennedy). But before she can be replaced, somebody needs to demonstrate that they could actually do the job she does. If it were as easy as she makes it look, the Media Village Idiots’ long-hoped-for “coup” would have happened years ago. And if she were as “obsolete” as the Repubs like to pretend, she wouldn’t be their go-to Lie-bral Boogymonster.
"Don't let your enemies choose your generals."
— Aimee Mann (@aimeemann) June 21, 2017