Seth Moulton is stuck on stupid. He keeps doubling down on his quest to oust Pelosi as everyone else coalesces around her.
— Ragnarok Lobster (@eclecticbrotha) November 20, 2018
Seth Moulton is a tragic character, if there was an Edith Wharton for this second Gilded Age. He’s the last Sensible, Moderate New England Republican — a breed for which the region, not to mention the country, has no more use. Smart (Haavahd), feisty (honorable service in the Marine Corps), of impeccable English-colonial/lace-curtain Irish ancestry, from a corner of our commonwealth where being a White Dude is still a political necessity… his only problem is that he was born some fifty years too late.
WBZ at 11p — Congressman Seth Moulton holds Town Hall in Amesbury and his constituents want to talk to him about his battle with Nancy Pelosi. Rep Moulton, "The majority of Americans want this change. The majority of Democrats want this change". Audience, "No!!". pic.twitter.com/63b638P4T5
— WBZ | CBS Boston News (@wbz) November 20, 2018
Seth Moulton intends to be President, and not in the distant future, either. He’s got the disadvantage of coming up in a state that has famously underperformed in the presidential sweeps since 1963, and the further handicap of being enrolled as a Democrat (because here in the Bay State we only elect Repubs to the mostly-ceremonial office of governor). His impetuousness and pugnacity have been previously rewarded, so apparently he presumed the Blue Wave could also be turned in his favor…
— Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) November 19, 2018
— Adam Reilly (@reillyadam) November 20, 2018
Then came the Unfortunate Comparison…
Moulton's account of Thatcher's defeat is an historical fabrication. Thatcher did not lose on the floor of Parliament, she lost in her party conference. Pelosi will win an overwhelming majority in her party caucus. https://t.co/2AOX2F98DG
— Geoff Garin (@geoffgarin) November 20, 2018
Fun fact: Margaret Thatcher was succeeded by John Major – a man generally regarded as a weak and ineffective leader incapable of bringing cohesion to a fractured party torn apart by Thatcher’s undue ousting.
Other than that, great metaphor. https://t.co/mCN5N7WRos
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) November 20, 2018
OOOH, LOOK, HERE COMES LEADER PELOSI… The Washington Post reports:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an unmistakable show of political strength Tuesday, cut a deal to sideline a potential challenger, won fresh confidence from her party’s resurgent left and earned high praise from Democrats’ most influential figure, former president Barack Obama.
Together, the developments buoyed Pelosi as she fights to repel a small group of dissidents inside the Democratic caucus who want to force a leadership shake-up after 16 years with the Californian at the helm.
One was Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (D-Ohio), who left Washington last week planning to take the Thanksgiving holiday to ponder a run against Pelosi for speaker. But her dalliance ended Tuesday. Fudge said she would support Pelosi after the minority leader agreed to make Fudge chairman of a resurrected subcommittee on elections and pledged that “the most loyal voting bloc in the Democratic Party, black women, will have a seat at the decision-making table.”…
Rep. Fudge, of course, was the conservative African-American “female” (to use Tim Ryan’s word) that Moulton & his fellow #FiveWhiteGuys had chosen as a stalking horse for their ambitious coup. Watch and learn, FiveWhiteGuys!
I asked Moulton if he could consider a leadership post: “No, I said I'm not going to run for anything. I want people to know that this is me doing what I think is right for the party and the country. It's not about me. I'm not trying to promote myself to any leadership position."
— Perry Russom NBC10 Boston (@PerryNBCBoston) November 20, 2018
Yeah, Moulton wanted to be a kingmaker, not a legislator. No hard feelings, eh?
@sethmoulton -“For her to suggest she’s the only person who can do this? I think that’s…arrogant”
Pelosi IS the only person for THIS job; THIS transition right NOW.
Are you engaging vanity, work of the GOP…or both? The misdirected arrogance is yourshttps://t.co/zn8eub8b9u
— Dr Lou (@bfs465) November 19, 2018
Basically, @SpanbergerVA07 will probably have to the hit here and maybe go down in flames in 2020 so @sethmoulton can preen in Essex County. This is like felony douchebaggery. It's not even abt Pelosi. It's just numbnuts own-goaling.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 20, 2018
The really comical thing about this is that Moulton's advisors are apparently telling him this is good positioning for 2020. But he apparently doesn't realize that his political career is likely now capped in MA-6.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) November 20, 2018