Is Rep. Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader in or out as the face of the Democrats?
Apparently, no one knows or at least if they do, Democrats in Congress aren’t being straight forward with their answer.
On Wednesday, Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif. was asked whether Pelosi should step down or be replaced as the House Minority Leader.
Although, CNN hosts asked him several times to definitively answer the question, Cardenas articulately skirted the question as any “good” Democratic politician would be expected to do.
Last month, approximately a dozen “plotting” Democrats got together to discuss Pelosi’s possible demise as leader. They reportedly decided that Pelosi may not be the future representative for the Democrat Party, especially if the Dems hope to win back any seats in the upcoming 2018 elections.
In June, Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio seemed confident that the only viable decision was to replace Pelosi:
“There are many more people today, even from November, who are much more vocal, who have approached us and said, ‘I’m done. We need to move forward and we need to get a new leadership team in place.
There is a consensus, I think, that we can reach in the caucus that allows for a new leadership team to be put in place in a time that’s well before, hopefully, November of next year.”
On Wednesday, Cardenas didn’t seem as sure about replacing Pelosi as his colleagues did in June or at least he didn’t appear ready to make that decision vocal on national television.
The only issue Cardenas would confirm was that Democrats met last month because it was “necessary” for the future of the party.
The CNN host asked if that meant “with or without Nancy Pelosis as Democratic leader?”
Without providing a definitive answer, Cardenas said:
“No one person is more important than this country, and the bottom line is this: We need to move forward with our best foot forward, with the best plan, with the best individuals, and having the best, honest message.”
The CNN reporter then asked:
“Can you do that with Nancy Pelosi, yes or no?”
“As far as I’m concerned, we have to look in the mirror and realize whether we can or can’t, and then move forward and make some tough decisions.”
Apparently, Cardenas’ ability to make even the “tough” decision of responding clearly to the question of whether Pelosi should be replaced is a hurdle that Democrats are not ready to face.
Perhaps Pelosi continues to still wield a lot of power within the party even if she hasn’t of late proven to many of her Democratic peers and underlings that she continues to be effective.
President Donald Trump is sure that he doesn’t want to see Pelosi replaced.
Trump tweeted last month: “I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin’ Chuck stay!”
I certainly hope the Democrats do not force Nancy P out. That would be very bad for the Republican Party – and please let Cryin' Chuck stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 22, 2017
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