Nancy Pelosi has won the minority leader post in the incoming Congress through a bruising process. 68 Democrats preferred to postpone the decision in a clear vote of no confidence in the outgoing Speaker. Departing members spoke frankly to the media of the difficulty she presented them in their bids for re-election and the challenges of leading after presiding over such deep losses. Democrats are concerned that her continued leadership will not connect with American voters who have spoken decisively against the Congress’ record under her watch.
Milbank writes about political theater in the nation’s capital.