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Nancy Pelosi’s Plan to Increase GOP House Majority in ’14

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:18 pm - November 14, 2012.
Filed under: 113th Congress,2014 Elections,Pelosi Watch

The San Francisco Democrat announced today she’s staying on as House Democratic Leader.  Ed Morrissey thinks this “sounds like a pretty bad idea for a couple of reasons“:

First, the most likely successors to Pelosi will come from current leadership within the caucus, which isn’t exactly a youth movement.  Steny Hoyer has the inside track for Pelosi’s job, and he’s 73 years old, one year older than Pelosi herself.  Jim Clyburn might make a bid for the leader position and become the first African-American to chair a House party caucus, but he’s 72 years old.  John Larson, the caucus chairman, is a relative youngster at 64 years old.  None of these leaders will gain much more than pension benefits by waiting another two years.

Second, another two years gives Republicans another two years to make Pelosi the face of the party.  Every Democrat in a purple-to-red district who votes for another Pelosi term will end up having to defend that vote in the next midterm election.  Without Obama at the top of the ticket, the turnout in 2014 is going to look somewhat different than 2012, and some of those new freshmen coming into the House on a platform of change might not be able to explain why their first vote was to support a sclerotic and failed status quo within their own party.

Couldn’t have said it better myself.  Contrast the ages of the House Democratic leadership with that of the House Republicans.  Speaker John Boehner at 62, is the oldest, two years younger than the youngest Democrat in their leadership.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is 49.  House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is just 47.

UPDATE:  Writing before Mrs. Pelosi decided to stay on for another term, Townhall’s Guy Benson offered that he’d “be amazed if she stays on as minority leader.  She’s unpopular and polarizing, and she’s presided over two consecutive unsuccessful cycles for House Democrats.”  Well, the unpopular and polarizing leader is staying on.

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5 Comments

  1. Hey, <a href="https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A7rThYuCUAANRg2.jpg:large&quot; Here’s a picture from her press conference. Looks like she’s had more “work” done.

    Comment by V the K — November 14, 2012 @ 12:35 pm - November 14, 2012

  2. The TEA Party did such a spendid job in 2010. If they can repeat their success and add to the number, the Democrats will have even less to choose from. Even the Chinese communists had enough sense to turn over leadership to younger members.

    Comment by Roberto — November 14, 2012 @ 1:20 pm - November 14, 2012

  3. One of the great ironies of the Democratic party is that even though it had majority support in the recent election (albeit by a small margin), it really lacks charismatic leaders. Besides Pres. Obama, there really aren’t any real “rock stars” within the Democratic party in the same way that the Republicans have guys like Marco Rubio. The fact that Pres. Obama can’t run again and that there are no obvious charismatic figures to take his place on the national stage gives me a lot of hope. Yes, we do need to think about how to reach the young, the unmarried, and minorities, but Pres. Obama’s personality and aura unquestionably still had an effect on a lot of people. Other than Pres. Obama, who is actually popular with rank-and-file Democrats? And a related irony is that even though young people disproportionately support the Democratic party, Democratic leaders are disproportionately old while Republicans have many prominent office holders under 50, be they senators, representatives, or governors.

    Comment by chad — November 14, 2012 @ 5:56 pm - November 14, 2012

  4. “isn’t exactly a youth movement. Steny Hoyer [is] 73 years old… Contrast the ages of the House Democratic leadership with that of the House Republicans. .. Eric Cantor is 49. … Kevin McCarthy is just 47.”

    “I will not make age an issue of this campaign. I am not going to exploit, for political purposes, my opponent’s youth and inexperience,” Ronald Reagan quipped during the 1984 presidential debates when asked if, at 73, he is too old to be President.

    Comment by Passing By — November 15, 2012 @ 11:08 am - November 15, 2012

  5. Pelosi refuses to leave the stage when she should have gone after losing the House in 2010; she’s overstaying her welcome. She embodies the Democrat Party’s stagnation. Another ObamaCare backlash is coming just in time for 2014…

    Comment by Sebastian Shaw — November 15, 2012 @ 7:40 pm - November 15, 2012

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