By Dave Andrusko
The headline is that Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives this morning re-elected pro-abortion Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.) as minority leader. She was elected without opposition, by voice vote. It’s not quite that simple, however.
Previously Pelosi explained to the Washington Post why she should retain her leadership position. “I’m the one that brung everyone to the party by winning the House in the first place,” adding modestly, “I could have walked away, but we built something and then we want to take it to the next step.” The inference was that she won’t think about stepping down until Democrats win back control of the House.
Which could be a while. As of today Democrats have lost a net of 12 seats with several races still to be decided. Republicans will likely have the most seats they have held in nearly 70 years.
And now the contrast between the two parties in complete.
Last week, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) was tapped by his caucus to be the Senate minority leader come January. Reid was retained although Democrats lost eight seats—and possibly a ninth in Louisiana. Pro-life Rep. Bill Cassidy is in a December 6 run-off with pro-abortion incumbent Mary Landrieu.
By contrast pro-life Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky was elected unanimously as majority leader-elect last week by the Republicans who will serve as senators in the Congress that convenes in January. McConnell, first elected to the Senate in 1984, will officially become majority leader when the new Congress is sworn in January.
Over in the House, Republicans re-elected John Boehner (Ohio) as Speaker. New and re-elected members also returned Boehner’s top three leadership lieutenants: Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Ca.), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (La.), and GOP Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rogers (Wa.). As is Boehner, all three are pro-life.
Reid and Pelosi were not without opposition, especially, if we are to believe today’s POLITICO, Pelosi.
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”The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open,” according to John Bresnahan and Lauren French. “Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.”
But at the end of the day—or, in this case, the end of Tuesday morning—“Pelosi was reelected unanimously by voice vote to the top House Democratic post on Tuesday during a closed-door party meeting — with no audible disagreement.”