For many new democrats in Congress, their first major decision will be whether or not to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.
It wouldn’t be such a big deal, except that most of them campaigned on the promise to NEVER EVER elect Nancy to lead the left.
So, the question becomes will these newly elected dems keep their promises, or close ranks with liberal establishment?
Take Abigail Spanberger for example. The former CIA officer promised voters “Never Nancy” and won on that platform. In fact, as Spanberger put it “under no circumstances, would I vote for Nancy Pelosi to again be speaker of the House.”
But as Fox News explains:
Pelosi later struck a deal with potential rebels in her caucus that almost ensures she’ll reclaim the gavel come January. Nevertheless, Spanberger, now a congresswoman-elect from Virginia, said she is sticking to her campaign vow. “This is my first opportunity to keep my promise to my soon-to-be constituents and that’s exactly what I’ll do,” Spanberger told a Politico conference on Dec. 11.
Spanberger may be the exception. Numerous other Democrats do not appear to be holding to their campaign vows on Pelosi. And with their first test of a campaign promise looming in the new Congress, Republicans are eager to pounce on any Democratic flip-floppers, particularly freshmen members, who face an awkward decision in the Jan. 3 speaker vote—break a vow to constituents or alienate party leadership.
Of course not every representative is willing to upset Pelosi and her minions. Just look at the new representative from California. Not surprising, but he’s clearly switched sides. During the campaign, he said, “While I respect Leader Pelosi’s years of advocacy … it’s time for new leadership.”
His latest tweets sing a different song: “I will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House.”
Leftist hypocrisy at it’s finest! But what really makes my head spin is this. Nancy Pelosi’s approval rating is just 34%. Exactly how does that make her the best choice for a leader? Especially since dems are constantly crying over Trump’s approval ratings.
Deal or No Deal
Of course, Nancy had to cook up a brand new scheme to win some of the freshmen votes. Now, she is offering a deal that would limit her terms (along with all the other leadership roles in the Democratic caucus). Unbelievably, it seems to be enough to win the support of several newbies previously committed to finding new leadership for the left.
The agreement reached between Leader Pelosi and my colleagues to adopt term limits for leadership positions will push our Party to lift up new and diverse voices. With this commitment, I will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi to be Speaker of the House. pic.twitter.com/h3DP1GTzCc
— The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation (@CisnerosFndn) December 13, 2018
I hope Cisneros was prepared for the not-so-favorable responses.
Spoken like a true politician! Lie to get into office and then just ignore your constituents.
— scott (@scott6144) December 27, 2018
And just like that…..first campaign promise broke.
— Charles Dyer (@dyer_charles) December 27, 2018
Dude you caved she played you like a fiddle
— Randy Economy (@EconomyRadio) December 13, 2018
I supported you! I donated to your campaign ! And your move to NOT support Pelosi from the get, is disappointing on so many levels. Bottom line, you are a JERK! And don’t expect any support from me in 2020!
— Bob Gomez (@268arroyo) December 13, 2018
What a surprise…. Gil hasn’t even been seated in Congress yet and he has already broken his first promise.
…just another lying, #HackPolitician.
— Captive In Corruptifornia (@GPKellyS97526) December 13, 2018
Meanwhile, back in Trump land:
The President is still fulfilling his campaign promises. A few months into his Presidency, we set out to list the promises Trump kept thus far. We came up with 29, and there are dozen more to date.
At the time, our list included relief from the so-called “Affordable Healthcare Act,” freezing regulations, scrapping the Trans-Pacific Partnership, advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Pipelines, pursuing undocumented immigrants, reevaluating visa and refugee programs, strengthening the military and defeating ISIS. And that is just a snip-it.
In fact, Trump is the first President in decades attempting to keep every promise he made. Taxes are being lowered and we’re steadily adding jobs to the economy. Furthermore, Trump’s efforts are mobilizing citizens. If anyone doubts his impact, look at the $18M raised by a private citizen to fund the wall. He decided Trump made a promise, and if Congress won’t help him keep it, the citizens will step in and get the job done.
And while Trump is working to make America great again, Pelosi is hoping name recognition is enough to put her back in charge. Personally, I think it’s a great move. Because if Dems go for the same old song and dance, 2020 will be a guaranteed repeat of 2016.
In a nutshell, if the left doesn’t have the guts to stick with Never Nancy, the voters will say Never Again.