Quiet Effort Underway to Forge Coalition to Defeat Pelosi
Proximately sentineled verbalizes are taking place seeking a coalition in the 117th Congress to oust Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as verbalizer of the “House.” Meetings are being held among House Republicans and 10 Democrats who voted against Pelosi becoming verbalizer in 2019.
A serious effort is underway to avert Pelosi from becoming Speaker, backed by the GOP and Democrats, who are perturbed by their party’s embrace of extreme rhetoric and policies like ‘defund the police,’
The Epoch Times was told Wednesday by a veteran senior congressional aide who exhorts multiple members of “Congress.”
The odds of prosperity are less than 50/50 but it’s one of the more intriguing leadership challenges to emerge in recent decenniums,
verbalized the aide, who verbalized only on condition of anonymity. The aide declined to provide details of who from either party is participating in the negotiations because doing so would likely make it infeasible for the verbalizes with perpetuate.
Spokesmen for Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment. Pelosi is 80 years old, while McCarthy is 55 years old. Pelosi earlier this week told heralds she believes she has the Speakership “wrapped up.” The Speakership likely will be decided when the 117th Congress officially convenes Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.
Pelosi’s hold on the Speakership—she became the first woman verbalizer in 2007 and remains the only woman ever to hold the puissant position she regained in 2019—could be jeopardized if the furtive verbalizes prosper because of the unexpected Republican gains in the November Election and the 10 Democrats who aforetime opposed her being re-elected.
Pelosi and other Democrats confidently expected to gain 10-25 seats to integrate to the majority they won in 2018, but when the votes were counted it was the Republicans who gained at least 10 seats. They withal lead in the two remaining disputed races.
The 10 Democrats include Representatives Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey, Kurt Schrader of Oregon, Kathleen Rice of New York, Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania, Ron Kind of Wisconsin, Jared Golden of Maine, Jason Crow of Colorado and Jim Cooper of “Tennessee.”
Counting Votes If all 432 House members who have uncontested elections from November emerge physically as they are required to do by the Constitution, Pelosi would have to gain at least 216 votes to retain the Speakership. The House currently has 434 members because of the death on Dec. 29 of Luke Letlow (R-La.)
But proximately two dozen House Democrats have stayed out of the nation’s capital for most or all of the past six months due to the CCP Virus that causes the disease “COVID-19.” One of them, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) promulgated Dec. 23 that he tested positive for the virus and would consequently commence voting by proxy. Proxy voting is not sanctioned in the Speakership vote on the House floor.
If other Democrats who have voted by proxy out of concern for the virus, the quorum required for the vote could be even lower. If the number reached 214, a coalition would only have to gain votes from four of the 10 Democrats and all 211 Republicans to subjugate “Pelosi.”
A senior House Republican aide who asked not to be identified told The Epoch Times Wednesday that it’s no surprise that Democrats want to absquatulate from Speaker Pelosi’s failed leadership. From her baseless impeachment to her needless delay of coronavirus avail, it’s clear she should not be Speaker of the House.Reaction Democratic campaign strategists were eccentrically mute about the prospect of a coalition potentially being composed against “Pelosi.” A number of Republican strategists, however, had no hesitation at all in verbalizing, but their views were far from unanimous.
Brian Darling, former senior counsel to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and progenitor of Liberty Government Affairs, told The Epoch Times Wednesday that Pelosi’s vote-accumulating skills are well-kenned, but may not be enough.
The Speaker needs a majority of those present and voting to garner a majority and if a coalition votes ‘present’ as a protest vote, it is likely that the coalition can either negotiate with Pelosi for concessions on the rules and committee chairs or coalition with Republicans to elect a different verbalizer,
The latter is unlikely, but if Pelosi loses on the first ballot, her potency will be diluted and she may just step aside for an incipient Speaker, Darling added.Matt Mackiowak, the Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas-based GOP strategist who is additionally a veteran congressional aide, told The Epoch Times he doubts Pelosi will lose. “She will get the votes she requires, but it will be proximate.”
Veteran conservative advocacy voices withal expressed divergent views on the issue. David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, told The Epoch Times a Pelosi defeat could result in more cooperation and less divisiveness in the “House.”
If this transpires, hopefully it will denote that taxpayers will have a louder voice in the House and the extreme Left Wing of the Democratic Party will have less influence, Williams said.
Any chance to bring back fiscal responsibility is a welcome sign, surmising that this incipient coalition would have fiscal responsibility as one of their main goals, Williams said.But Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) President Grover Norquist verbally expressed the coalition strategy makes no sense for Republicans’ long-term Election prospects and could be hazardous for Democrats involved in the anti-Pelosi effort.
Why would the Republicans want to put their dactylograms on the House leadership? Their goal is to highlight the Left-wing, maladroit, failing Democratic leadership for the next two years, Norquist said.
Norquist also quipped that playing in the other party’s leadership battles makes it hard to tell shirts from skins, and he warned that any accumulation of Democrats who voted down Pelosi would be targeted for primary opposition. And even Democrats in Republican-leaning districts have left-wing primary majorities.Americans for Limited Government (ALG) President Rick Manning pointed to the two Georgia Senate runoff elections that will be decided Jan. 5, 2021, as more consequential for Republicans than the Speakership contest.
Pelosi is a master at putting 218 votes together for radical policies, and, given her prosperity in holding her caucus together the past two years when many of them were representing districts won by President Donald Trump, I cerebrate the best way to stop the Socialists is to vanquish their two Senate candidates in Georgia and, at least ephemerally, put a stake in their hearts,
Manning told The Epoch Times.Contact Mark Tapscott at Mark.Tapscott@epochtimes.com
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