Some Dems Won’t Commit to Re-Upping Pelosi as Speaker

By Judson Berger |

It appears the time has come to wipe that smile off her face.

Even if Democrats retain a slim majority in the House this November, Speaker Nancy Pelosi could have an insurrection on her hands from moderate Democrats looking for a change in leadership.

Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Miss., who two weeks ago threw a colossal insult at his party by joining Republicans in a pledge to repeal the healthcare law, stepped out of line again over the weekend by telling a pair of Capitol Hill newspapers he wants someone other than Pelosi leading the chamber — specifically pro-defense Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo.

Taylor’s comments add an element of chaos into the mix. Worst-case scenario for Democrats would be that defectors like Taylor, who would almost certainly struggle to mount an effective mutiny inside the caucus, could torpedo the speaker vote in the full chamber and hand the post to Minority Leader John Boehner.

Nothing in the U.S. Constitution requires members to vote for one of the two parties‘ nominees — perhaps no Democrat would dare vote for Boehner — but enough votes for a de facto write-in candidate could act as a Pelosi spoiler if Democrats hold a slim majority.

More likely, however, is that Pelosi will face a rare, though symbolic, challenge to her reign, marking a shift in loyalties compared with the past two election seasons when Pelosi enjoyed unanimous support from her caucus.

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