More than a dozen House Democrats now want Pelosi out as Speaker

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      Jon Ward

      Jon Ward covers the White House and national politics for The Daily Caller. He covered the last two years of George W. Bush's presidency and the first year of Barack Obama's presidency for The Washington Times. Prior to moving to national politics, Jon worked for the Times' city desk and bureaus in Virginia and Maryland, covering local news and politics, including the D.C. sniper shootings and subsequent trial, before moving to state politics in Maryland. He and his wife have two children and live on Capitol Hill. || <a href="mailto:jw@dailycaller.com">Email Jon</a>

There are now more than a dozen House Democrats – the list is at 14 and growing by the day – who want to fire Speaker Nancy Pelosi if their party somehow manages to keep its majority on Nov. 2.

Jason Altmire of Pennsylvania on Tuesday became the latest to decide that it was politically advantageous to jettison the first female House Speaker in history. It is becoming a trend, as vulnerable Democrats in conservative districts or tough races decide Pelosi’s San Francisco liberalism is too heavy of a weight to survive.

The vanguard of outright Pelosi opponents includes Jim Marshall of Georgia, who has even run TV ads against the Speaker, Gene Taylor of Mississippi, Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, Peter DeFazio of Oregon, and Bobby Bright of Alabama.

“We need to have leadership from the middle, conservative centrist leadership. It’s too hard to govern from the middle if you’re from the far left or the far right,” Marshall spokesman Doug Moore told The Daily Caller.

Other House Democrats who have refused to commit to supporting Pelosi – indicating they too would like to see a change – include Walt Minnick of Idaho, Michael McMahon of New York, Scott Murphy of New York, Travis Childers of Mississippi, Dan Boren of Oklahoma, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Zack Space of Ohio, and Chet Edwards of Texas.

TheDC contacted 50 conservative Blue Dog Democrats by phone and e-mail on Tuesday, and received only one response in support of Pelosi.

Mike Thompson of California “believes that the Speaker should retain her position,” Thompson spokeswoman Laurel Brown told TheDC.

It is a grim moment for House Democrats. They have fought hard against the prevailing winds for months, trying to fend off the sense of an inevitable Republican wave. Yet the last several days have seen estimates of potential Republican gains swell to somewhere between 50 and 60 seats, which is entering 1994 territory, when the GOP took 54 seats.

The election is now less than two weeks away, and the likelihood that Democrats will likely be relegated back to the minority after only four short years in power is getting closer to becoming a reality. The number of seats in play is somewhere in the 90s, with all but a handful of those being Democrat-held seats.

The Hill newspaper has released polling results in the last three weeks for 36 tossup House races, with 12 more to come next week. Democrats have led in only four of the 36 races so far, with three others tied, according to the polling by Penn Schoen Berland.

The White House blames the economy. “The political environment mainly is driven because of our economic environment. We’re at 9.6 unemployment,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said flatly on Tuesday.

But an National Public Radio poll found Obama’s approval rating in tossup congressional districts to be at 41 percent, with his disapproval at 55 percent.

Republican pollster Steve Lombardo wrote Wednesday that Obama is “killing Democrats.”

“President Obama’s policies are an albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party and, as a result, congressional Democrats will probably suffer a historic defeat on November 2nd,” Lombardo wrote.

House Democratic leadership aides remained defiant.

“Unlike Republican staff who are still in D.C. measuring drapes and ordering champagne with the Koch brothers credit card, Dem staff are engaged and singularly focused on winning November 2,” one leadership aide said.

Pelosi staff did not respond to requests for comment, but spokesman Nadeam Elshami told Roll Call that “the Speaker’s focus is on Democrats winning the election and retaining the majority, which we will.”

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, the Maryland Democrat who is next in line behind Pelosi, also gamely predicted that Pelosi would stay where she is.

“I think she’ll have enough votes,” Hoyer said.

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  • dallas yankee

    Hmmm, I wonder how many of those 14 Dems are up for re-election, do you think they all are? You betcha

  • Anonymous1010

    My hat goes off to all you with all due respect for knowing that the far left Democrats are the enemy from within.

    Our founding fathers were not ignorant of this fact. We always have enemies from abroad and from within in every generation.

    Every American of this generation needs to stand up and be in the fight against tyranny from the enemy.

    Not by force and might of weapons because our founding fathers set it up so we can fight with a vote.

    This election is to vote (fight) against the far left tyranny. We should and shall not wait until we are unable to fight against this aggression!