While Democrats made some noteworthy strides in last week’s midterm elections, the consensus seemed to be that the party has been going down the wrong path of politics as of late. And nowhere has that been more clear than among its leadership, which has suffered a series of missteps and blunders that may have contributed to Democrats not being as successful as they had hoped in the crucial elections.
All of which likely explains the apparent internal revolution going on with the Democratic Party, which could emerge post-elections with new leadership.
With the party struggling to recover from a political retreat for several election cycles, Speaker of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in the political crosshairs of Democrats who are eager to take her position.
Ohio’s Rep. Marcia Fudge, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), is one of the latest to hint at plans to compete for the coveted House Speaker post, telling the Huffington Post on Thursday that she’s “overwhelmed” by all the folks who want to see her challenge Pelosi’s leadership.
“I don’t hate Nancy. I think Nancy has been a very good leader. I just think it’s time for a new one,” she said, adding that there are far more lawmakers who oppose Pelosi’s leadership than the 17 who signed a letter saying they won’t vote for her to continue as speaker in 2019.
Fudge dismissed the narrative that Pelosi led the party back to power in the House and criticized the California Democrat for failing to advocate for Black lawmakers in Congress.
Perhaps most troubling to Black Democrats is Pelosi’s eagerness to make peace with President Trump, who brought his long history of racism with him to the White House. Shortly after Democrats won control of the House, the speaker began talking about the same bipartisanship that the Trump-led Republicans have avoided like the plague.
Meanwhile, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez also came under fire from the CBC. Caucus members passed a vote of no confidence on Wednesday against Perez who took over the DNC in February 2017.
Perez praised Black women for leading the party to victory last year in key races in Virginia and Alabama. However, when it came to several Black women candidates in 2018 races, the party showed little support initially, like in the case of Ayanna Pressley. Yet those same Black women stepped up as voters and candidates alike to help the party regain control of the House.
Van Jones Has Officially Been Sucked Up By The Sunken Place
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Van Jones tries to insinuate that the logjam was because of Democrats & left-leaning groups when the truth is, Senators McConnell, Cotton, and Sessions, Trump's eventual AG who recently eroded away other Obama era reforms, blocked the bill in 2016.https://t.co/0vuTfPIDYN— ReclaimingMyTime (@MonieTalks_1) November 15, 2018
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“And at THIS moment Donald Trump became President of the United States,” take 28. https://t.co/GJA8AKIMCO— jelani cobb (@jelani9) November 15, 2018
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Radical Van Jones thrilled with “criminal justice reform”; victim rights groups, police groups, and prosecutor groups are not. https://t.co/fgotpEnUyD— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) November 15, 2018
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Van, I will give him credit when he does more than talk. He has suggested things in the past that seemed bi-partisan, only to turn around and dive bomb it. Listen to his words, respond to his actions.— Cornell Woolridge (@RenaissanceXM) November 14, 2018
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The only thing trump will ever unite is a burger with fries— Veronika Kaufmann (@kaufmannskrimis) November 14, 2018
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Nobody takes time to read the details, let alone the fine print. You'd think Van Jones would avoid giving 45 immediate high praise given how his "[Trump] became President of the United States in that moment, period" SOTU comment has bitten Jones' in the butt. #FirstStepAct— Feminine energy, energy reign... (@angelialevy) November 15, 2018
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I love @VanJones68 but i disagree with this sentiment calling 45 "uniter in chief". If I get punched in the face 25 times by someone and then they stop for a few minutes and get me an ice pack, that doesn't make them a peaceful healer all of a sudden. He's not a "uniter" at all— Behzad Dabu (@BehzadDabu) November 15, 2018
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Van Jones just dying to give Trump credit for something smh— geoff free ✊️✌️ (@AmericanGriper) November 15, 2018
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Trump a uniter? Ok, Van. pic.twitter.com/Zc9wxpVBYE— Blackonbothsides (@Biographer1986) November 15, 2018
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It’s a trick of the devil @VanJones68. I will not let my guard down. A leopard cannot change his spots to stripes. Don’t let this one thing cloud your vision. He came to conquer and destroy democracy. Hate old orange fool!— Ms. Detra L. Hearne (@thedhearne) November 15, 2018
13. And One More Vicious Comment From Jelani Cobb...
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This was more entertaining when Jill Scott did it. https://t.co/GJA8AL0num— jelani cobb (@jelani9) November 15, 2018
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