There is no way to spin it.
Election night was a disaster for Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats.
And now Nancy Pelosi found out she may lose her job from one surprising source.
Democrats woke up the morning of Election Day expecting to win as many as 15 to 20 seats in the House of Representatives.
But as the votes began to roll in it became clear the polls were wrong.
Pollsters blew it again and their surveys missed the breadth and depth of the support for Donald Trump who carried the GOP to a gain of at least nine seats in the House with some more to follow as all the votes are tallied.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy boasted that Republicans own 28 of the 29 most competitive House seats and not one Republican incumbent lost.
“We didn’t lose one incumbent. We won every seat except one open. We won 28 of the 29 most competitive seats …. We didn’t lose the Senate. We didn’t lose one control of any legislature. Actually, Republicans gained three new legislatures and we’ve had the most competitive presidential race in our modern history,” McCarthy stated.
The Republicans gained so many House seats that in the next election for Speaker of the House, it is possible to deny Pelosi the Speaker’s gavel because Democrats who voted against Pelosi in the 2019 Speaker’s election will be back in Congress.
“To become Speaker you have to have 218 votes on the floor,” McCarthy said. “When Pelosi went up for that vote two years ago, there were 15 Democrats who voted against her. Ten of those Democrats will be coming to Congress. Those 10 vote against her again, she will not be Speaker of the House.”
McCarthy went so far as to say that even if Republicans did not succeed in convincing enough Democrats to join in voting against Pelosi for Speaker, the Democrats’ majority was so narrow Republicans could unite with the few conservative Democrats in the House to form a governing coalition.
“We are close enough now that we can control the floor with a few Democrats joining with us,” McCarthy added: “I think it’s better for America the sooner a Republican becomes Speaker.”
It takes 218 signatures to what is called a “discharge petition” to bring legislation to the floor over the objection of the Speaker.
Some Democrats in swing districts that survived in 2020 may not want to go down with the Pelosi-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez ship in 2020 and sign a discharge petition to bring more conservative bills to the floor and block Pelosi’s socialist agenda.
But no matter what happens, Republicans humiliated Pelosi on election night as Donald Trump powered a down-ballot red wave that washed unsuspecting Democrats out of the House of Representatives.
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