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Pelosi Wins NRCC Endorsement in House Leadership Fight

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi had a bad day yesterday. First, Ohio representative Tim Ryan announced his candidacy for House minority leader, declaring: “Democrats have been reduced to our smallest congressional minority since 1929” under Pelosi’s leadership. Then, Pelosi’s political foes, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), mockingly endorsed her reelection bid.

Pelosi, who was elected to Congress in 1986, was speaker of the House from 2007 to 2011, then became minority leader when Democrats lost the majority in the 2010 tea-party wave. Explaining his decision to challenge Pelosi, Ryan noted that Democrats have secured the majority in just two of the past nine terms. Along with last week’s Republican victories, this “should indicate to all of us that keeping our leadership team completely unchanged will simply lead to more disappointment in future elections,” he said.

The leadership vote has been postponed until November 30, but Ryan’s upstart bid is a long shot. “Without even asking anybody for a vote, I have over two-thirds of the caucus supporting me,” Pelosi maintains.

Insanity, they say, is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. We’re not saying House Democrats are crazy, but . . .


Austin YackAustin Yack is a William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism at the National Review Institute and a University of California, Santa Barbara alumnus.