She 'Proved Her Worth' in Midterms: 'Outnumbered' on Whether Dems Will Oppose Pelosi
The "Outnumbered" panel on Monday discussed the Democrats' ongoing debate over Nancy Pelosi, who has expressed confidence that she will be elected House Speaker when Democrats take the House in January, despite the fact that at least 17 House Democrats have signed onto a document saying they won’t support her.
Pelosi (D-Calif.) is facing a growing "Never Nancy" revolt in her bid to regain the gavel she held between 2007-11, the last time Democrats controlled the House, and Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) is mulling a leadership challenge.
Harris Faulkner noted that Fudge has spoken about the support she has from her fellow Democratic lawmakers, but she said it's a much different thing to actually whip votes, something at which Pelosi has proven to be extremely effective.
"It does feel a little disingenuous for the 'party of women' to not support other women who might run against the one woman. Like it should be for all women, all opportunities for all people," Faulkner said.
Jessica Tarlov said the argument for voting Pelosi out of her leadership role was stronger before the midterm elections, which saw Democrats retake the House.
"She really did prove her worth there," Tarlov said.
Kennedy said Democrats should hope Fudge challenges Pelosi -- who she characterized as an "icy vampiress" -- because President Trump and Republicans obviously see Pelosi as a perfect foil.
"It's much easier for the American people to get behind the president when he opposes Nancy Pelosi, because people just don't like her," Kennedy said. "It's not misogynistic. She's just not a very likable person."
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