There are signs that House Speaker Pelosi’s firm grip on the Democrats in the House of Representatives may be beginning to weaken.
A group of centrist House Democrats, sick of political posturing, is pressing Speaker Nancy Pelosi to counter Trump’s immigration proposal with her own potential compromise. The group, led by freshman Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia, is asking the California Democrat to offer Trump a vote on his border wall or some sort of negotiated security package in February if he first signs a bill reopening the federal government, according to a draft of the letter obtained by POLITICO.
…It is unclear how many Democrats have signed on to the letter, but multiple senior Democratic aides downplayed the draft missive, suggesting their party is sticking together in a vow not to negotiate until after the shutdown is over. Trump has already panned a similar proposal by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one of his top allies in the upper chamber.
“We agree. The first step is to re-open government,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill, emphasizing their similarities, not their differences. Pelosi told Trump this month that she would not fund the border wall even after the government reopened, causing the president to walk out of their last meeting.
However, the letter, being circulated among some lawmakers from red or swing districts, illustrates the pressure they are under to end the shutdown. Pelosi and Schumer have argued that giving in to Trump’s desires would be rewarding “bad behavior” or “hostage taking.“ But some Democrats are starting to question that strategy.
“Give Trump the money,” Rep. Collin Peterson, a centrist Democrat from a red Minnesota district, told a local radio station Tuesday. “I’d give him the whole thing…and put strings on it so you make sure he puts the wall where it needs to be. Why are we fighting over this? We’re going to build that wall anyway, at some time.”
Peterson and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) wrote to congressional leaders and Trump on Tuesday, calling on them to “end the brinkmanship,” reopen the government and make a “good faith” effort on border security.
But, wait. there’s more.
It is not just the rank and file who are beginning to question Pelosi’s Political Strategy.
FoxNews.com reports that
…for the speech in the House, both chambers of Congress must approve a resolution to use the House chamber and to have both bodies meet in a Joint Session of Congress. This has not happened yet. Should the Senate move to host the president instead, a resolution would still be needed. But (House Majority Leader Steny) Hoyer, in an apparent break with Pelosi, seemingly had no problems with allowing Trump to speak.
“Sure,” Hoyer responded, when asked if he’d be open to Trump speaking in person in the House for the State of the Union. Asked if Pelosi would agree, he added, “I don’t know what the discussions have been.”
And in another split with Pelosi, Hoyer again demurred when asked if walls are indeed an “immorality.”
“Physical barriers are a part of the solution,” Hoyer said. “Look, if it’s protecting people it’s moral, if it’s imprisoning people, it may well be immoral.”
Well, shut mah mouth!
There just may be trouble in paradise.
Don’t you just know that Madame Speaker called Hoyer after she received word of his statements and called him everything but a child of God?
If there are any Democrats with a lick of sense left in the House, they must know by now how stupidly traitorous San Fran Nan is making them look.
The demand of Pelosi and Schumer for Trump to trust them to address building a wall or barrier along our Southern Border if he lets them have his way, possesses all of the sincerity of Lucy Van Pelt holding the football for Charlie Brown to kick.
No matter what the manufactured Democrat-heavy polls show, the majority of average Americans want Trump to build that wall….concrete or steel.
I believe that Hoyer understands and fears the same thing as the Moderate Democrats (a relative term in that political party) do: if Pelosi does not come to the negotiating table, they can all kiss goodbye their cushy seats in the House of Representatives.
The thing is, though, these Dems who oppose her had better get loud and organized.
Nancy plays dirty.
Other rebellions against her have failed.
I would not be surprised, if, like the legendary FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, she has files on every single Democrat in the House of Representatives, chock full of dirty little secrets which can be used as leverage against them to bring them into compliance.
I do not look for Trump to capitulate to Pelosi. Not over the building of the wall nor the giving of the State of the Union Address.
He will simply find other ways to accomplish both.
Unlike the professional politicians in DC, he is very good at thinking outside the box.
It got him to the White House.
If the House Democrats don’t do something about their leader, they’ll wind up in the outhouse.
Until He Comes,