During the election, the potential of Rep. Nancy Pelosi being made speaker was a constant drag on close races with many members and candidates assuring voters that they will not support her return to the office. Despite those assurances (and many of the Democratic leadership remaining silent on Pelosi), the Democratic establishment is now pushing to put Pelosi right back into the chair. Obviously, when all voters (including Republicans and independents) are considered, the opposition to Pelosi is overwhelming. None of matters (including to the media which barely mentioned the opposition and does little on the many polls showing the position of voters).
This is despite a new Gallup poll showing that 56 percent of Democratic voters are opposed to the move as well as past polls saying that Pelosi and the establishment are driving younger voters away from the party. The reason is simple: the Democratic members do not view these elections about the party and certainly not the voters. It is about them and Pelosi can deliver key positions and benefits to them for support. This is precisely why I have been long critical (here and here) of both party establishments and how voters continue to be played like chumps in this duopoly of power in our country.
As someone who comes from a deeply political and Democratic family in Chicago, I have been amazed by the resilience of Pelosi and establishment leadership who have held on to power despite repeated rejections from the voters. To make matters even worse, Hillary Clinton is reportedly considering another run for the White House.
According to the new Gallup poll, only 39 percent of Democratic voters want to see Pelosi return. Pelosi has previously said that complaints about her refusing to step aside as sexist — ignoring her position as the most unpopular Democratic leader in office. She also said after the stinging defeat in 2016 that she does not believe that voters want any change in direction.
Given the past elections and polls showing the need for change, this should be a no brainer if the party was truly responsive to voters and repositioning to be a majority party. Instead, Pelosi — who has remained one of the most unpopular politicians in the country for years — will remain the face of the Democratic party going into the critical 2020 election.