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Pelosi Gets Blindsided By Her Own Party After Winning The House

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Nancy Pelosi won’t have much time to relish her party’s takeover of the House.

Though she played a key role in helping Democrats regain the majority for the first time since 2011, Pelosi faces a new battle: regaining the speaker’s gavel amid grumbling from a growing minority of rank-and-file Democrats about the need for new leadership.

The San Francisco Democrat, who has led her party in the House since 2003 including four years as speaker, said Wednesday that she’s confident she will be elected speaker again.

“I don’t think anybody deserves anything,” Pelosi said, a reference to President Trump’s comment Wednesday that she “deserves” the job. “It’s not about what you have done. It’s about what you can do. And I think I’m the best person to go forward to unify, to negotiate.”

If elected as speaker, Pelosi becomes the highest-ranking Democratic official in the country and the face of the party until a 2020 presidential nominee emerges.

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But the job — which will largely be decided Nov. 28 by an internal party vote — isn’t in the bag yet. A final House floor vote won’t be held until Jan. 3.

Several Democrats, including some incoming lawmakers, publicly distanced themselves during the midterm campaign from Pelosi, who is vastly unpopular with conservatives and less so with progressive liberals. Republicans successfully used her as an electoral wedge issue, forcing Democratic candidates to take a stand on whether they would vote for Pelosi as speaker if given the chance.

About three dozen Democratic candidates in competitive races came out against Pelosi to varying degrees, according to surveys of news reports, but the vast majority of them are not expected to win their elections.

As of Wednesday afternoon, 11 had won. An additional six are in races that haven’t been called. There are also a handful of sitting members who have voiced opposition to Pelosi’s speakership, including Reps. Tim Ryan of Ohio, Kathleen Rice of New York and Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania.

Moves to topple Pelosi are nothing new but rose dramatically in recent years, and especially as Democrats’ opportunity to take the House emerged. Critics have long pushed for new leadership, but Pelosi’s effectiveness and fundraising prowess have typically allowed her to beat back challengers.

During the campaign, Pelosi insisted that Democratic candidates in competitive House districts were free to distance themselves from her if needed. Winning the seat, she said, was the top priority.

Now the question will be whether Pelosi will have enough votes to be elected speaker without those Democratic rebels, or whether she can convince some of them to support her after all.

Pelosi tried to tamp down calls for fresh leadership ahead of election day, saying that she views her return to the speakership as a “bridge” to new Democratic leaders.

“I see myself as a transitional figure,” she told The Times last month. “I have things to do. Books to write; places to go; grandchildren, first and foremost, to love.”

Pelosi’s skeptics warn the transition argument may not resonate with the new class of Democrats.

“The people that won, our majority makers, campaigned on change,” said Ryan, who garnered 63 votes in the Democratic secret ballot in 2016 against Pelosi. “They didn’t say we’re going to give you a transition. They need to be consulted.” Ryan said he doesn’t intend to run but didn’t rule it out.

Whoever it is, the incoming speaker will have to lead a fractured, more diverse Democratic caucus. In one camp are progressives eager to pursue impeachment of Trump and liberal priorities such as Medicare for All. In another are moderates elected in districts won by the president two years ago, who may be hesitant to define their party by opposition to the president.

Another question is who — if anyone — will raise their hand to challenge Pelosi. House Democratic sources expect someone will do so. She or he will have only weeks to rally a campaign ahead of the Nov. 28 vote.

Pelosi supporters are confident they will beat back any challenger. “There will be likely be some sacrificial lamb and that person will be gladly slaughtered,” speculated one House Democratic aide.

And anti-Pelosi sentiment among Democrats will likely soften after the party’s House victory. “Obviously you don’t fire the coach after you win the World Series,” said Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Northridge).

The late November vote will be among only House Democrats, conducted by secret ballot, to determine who they want to put forward as a speaker candidate. On Jan. 3, the first day of the new Congress, the entire House will vote publicly on the floor on the new speaker.

The newest Democratic members who have promised to oppose Pelosi could prove to be the most troublesome hurdles to her speakership.

Mikie Sherrill, who won a New Jersey congressional seat Tuesday night, said in May that she wouldn’t back Pelosi. Incoming Virginia Rep. Abigail Spanberger told NBC in July that “under no circumstances” would she support Pelosi for speaker.

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WH Reinstates CNN’s Acosta, Fellow Journos Aren’t Happy And Make It Known With Harsh Statements

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Following a recent court order, the White House must restore the press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta. While CNN leadership and Acosta praised the order, some of his colleagues are reportedly not so pleased with his return.

Acosta has built quite the reputation while covering President Trump and White House affairs. His network sees him as a herculean reporter willing to confront and stand against the administration, a reporter who is willing to ask the tough questions and do what no one else would be willing to do; but, some fellow journalists have a different impression.

As the Daily Wire reports, several reporters complain about Acosta. He’s an embarrassment, obnoxious, complains too much (cries too much), and is just plain disrespectful, they say.

“A few CNN reporters told me that they’re embarrassed by Acosta & CNN,” Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz said, via the Daily Wire. “A WH correspondent from a major network (not Fox) told me ‘This isn’t the Jim F*ing Acosta Show. We all hate him. He’s an a**hole and he actually is disrespectful to the president.’”

Schwartz is not the only one reporting the behind-the-scenes animosity, but the Daily Wire and former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer verified the remarks.

A member of the White House press corps told The Daily Wire this afternoon that “Acosta’s one-man show is a lot less about asking the president tough questions than it is about aspiring to [get] his own show on CNN.”

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer revealed on Tuesday during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Story,” with Martha MacCallum, that he has heard similar remarks made by other members of the press that work with Acosta.

Spicer specifically said Acosta’s antics were not only costing him his reputation but that of his fellow reporters as well. As a collective press corps, he is making them all look bad: “It was rude and unbecoming to his other fellow journalists more than anything else,” Spicer said.

“There is clearly a group of journalists that are disgusted and find Mr. Acosta’s behavior out of line,” he continued. “But, what happens is, and I wrote about this in my book, that there’s a bunch of groupthink and fear about going against the groupthink that they all face in there. And so, right now they all feel compelled to come out and say. But privately, they’ll tell you that they find his behavior unacceptable and doesn’t bode well for their industry.”

Current White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to the judge’s order by saying the White House administration would be “temporarily reinstating” Acosta’s press pass.

A statement from Sanders read: “Today, the court made clear that there is no absolute First Amendment right to access the White House. In response to the court, we will temporarily reinstate the reporter’s hard pass. We will also further develop rules and processes to ensure fair and orderly press conferences in the future.”

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ANOTHER Democrat ‘Open To All Possibilities’ For 2020 — Potential 32 Candidates!

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Since their defeat in 2016, the Democrat Party has been having an identity crisis. Shortly after the election defeat of Hillary Clinton, progressive socialists in the party learned that their candidate, Bernie Sanders, was cheated in the primary elections by the Clinton camp.

They were frustrated with the reports and took to the streets to protest their loss to both Democrats and Republicans. These socialist progressives then showed up big in the 2018 midterm elections and several of them won seats in Congress—finally a seat at the table.

But what does this mean for the Democrat Party? Well, it is shifting further to the Left.

Free healthcare-for-all, free college education, climate change, the repeal of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, and open borders are the priorities of the new movement.

So, what does this mean for 2020? New candidates, many candidates, and an important decision for Democrats. More than 30 potential candidates are considering a run for the presidency in 2020.

…and another Democrat is weighing his options.

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey said “there’s a lot to consider in terms of a range of candidates and possibilities” and “‘ll have to see what happens.”

Via Politico:

Sen. Bob Casey isn’t actively entertaining a potential 2020 presidential run — nor is the Pennsylvania Democrat totally ruling one out.

After defeating a GOP reelection challenger by more than 12 percentage points last week in a state that President Donald Trump won in 2016, Casey raised eyebrows by telling NBC News Thursday that “we’ll see” about a presidential bid.

But asked later by POLITICO, Casey clarified that he isn’t actively looking at the White House race.

“Obviously, when you have a huge, consequential year like 2020 coming up, there’s a lot to consider in terms of a range of candidates and possibilities,” Casey said. “So I want to be open to all possibilities.”

Politico reports that, should Casey decide to run, he would join fellow Democrat Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Jeff Merkley of Oregon. Some other people are encouraging Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Chris Murphy of Connecticut to run for their party’s nomination.

“I just think it’s early in the process, and we want to be open-minded about it,” Casey said, per the report.

Here’s the running list of Democrat prospects, ranked in no specific order:

  1. Former Vice President Joe Biden
  2. Former Secretary of State John Kerry
  3. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders
  4. California Senator Kamala Harris
  5. New Jersey Senator Cory Booker
  6. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren
  7. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
  8. Former Attorney General Eric Holder
  9. Attorney Michael Avenatti
  10. New York Senator Kirstin Gillibrand
  11. Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar
  12. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
  13. Montana Governor Steve Bullock
  14. Maryland Congressman John Delaney
  15. Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke
  16. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  17. Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley
  18. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz
  19. Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro
  20. Lieutenant Governor of California Gavin Newsom
  21. Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper
  22. Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Tom Steyer
  23. Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley
  24. California Congressman Eric Swalwell
  25. Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton
  26. Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan
  27. Mayor of South Bend Pete Buttigieg
  28. Former Mayor of New Orleans Mitch Landrieu
  29. Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo
  30. Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe
  31. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown
  32. Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey

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