It was a brutal election for Democrats.
Not only did Hillary Clinton fail in a spectacular fashion, but the Democrats belly flopped in their quest to win back control in Congress.
And this disaster could have career ending implications for Nancy Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi has been the Democrats leader in the House – first as Minority Leader, then as Speaker, followed by another stint as Minority Leader – since 2003.
During that time, the Democrats were routed in the 2004, 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections.
Some Democrats are now wondering why a failed leader should continue as their highest ranking elected House member.
And Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan may be one of those rank-and-file members also questioning why Pelosi should retain power after so many losses.
Politico reports he may be considering a run against Pelosi for Minority Leader:
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) is considering challenging long-time Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the Democrats’ top House leadership post, as the party grapples with its Election Day debacle.
“This is very serious. This is not a lark. This is not a stunt of any sort. There are a lot of people who are calling him and want him to run,” said a Democratic member who’s backing Ryan but asked not to be named…
…This is absolutely not a publicity stunt. He never had the ambition to run for leader but after last week’s election results and the phone calls he had with his colleagues, he’s open to the idea. He’s not ruling anything out,” the spokesman, Michael Zetts, told POLITICO.
The Democratic lawmaker backing Ryan said support is building for a leadership shakeup after last week and took issue with the dues criticism.
“This is not the time to start taking pot shots,” 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 it. They don’t want to hear our concerns.”
Some Democrats are concerned that Pelosi – who hails from San Francisco – is a symbol of the cosmopolitan social liberalism which has so alienated working class white voters in the Rust Belt.
Some pundits contend the Democrats’ slavish devotion to social liberalism and identity politics has turned off Americans in Middle America who hold a more traditional outlook on life.
Politico also reports:
“Ryan could be appealing for some Democrats who worry that the party has moved too far left, leaving behind the working class voters who long made up an integral part of its base.
Youngstown, the old manufacturing city that’s so blue-collar Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about it, sits in Ryan’s northeastern Ohio district. The Rust Belt district is made up of a predominately white working class, with nearly one-third employed in manufacturing or retail jobs and a median household income of $42,000, according to 2015 Census data.
The area has been represented by a Democrat since the mid-1970s — Ryan won his race overwhelmingly with 68 percent of the vote this year — but leaned toward Donald Trump in the presidential election.
“One thing is clear—the Democratic Party is getting wiped out in rural America. Our party isn’t spread out enough for just the urban and suburban vote to carry these states,” said Wisconsin Rep. Ron Kind, who spoke to POLITICO late last week before the Ryan news.”
While a challenge to Pelosi makes sense given the party’s continued electoral losses during her tenure as leader, she is still a very successful fundraiser – and the Democrats are down to such a bare bones minority that the far-left liberals who Pelosi counts on as her strongest backers will now wield outsized influence in the caucus.
Conservative Revival will continue to cover new developments in this race.