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Top Democrats tell me that if they take back the House in November, a restoration of Speaker Nancy Pelosi is no longer guaranteed. In fact, some well-wired House Democrats predict she will be forced aside after the election and replaced by a younger, less divisive Dem.

The big picture: Conor Lamb, 33, won his U.S. House race in Pennsylvania this week after saying he wouldn’t vote for her for leader — a new template for moderates. Pelosi has hung in through the minority, and remains the party’s most consistent fundraiser. As for whether she’ll return as Speaker, she has just said that it’s up to the members. (Her allies note that she has never lost a leadership vote.)

But others have their eye on the gavel, and many members want a younger, newer face. Her No. 2 and longtime rival, House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, 78, covets the job but is three months older than she is.

Pelosi is more likely to be the bridge to a younger generation. A possible successor, who works the caucus behind the scenes, is Rep. Joe Crowley of Queens, N.Y., who turns 56 tomorrow.

Another possible candidate who’s getting buzz: Rep. Adam Schiff, a fellow Californian who has a sky-high profile as the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, investigating Russia’s role in 2016.

President Trump plans to invoke her frequently in midterm speeches, and Republicans already use her image to raise funds. And in campaigns this fall, many Dems challengers will be put on the spot about whether they’d vote for her as Speaker.

If there’s a post-election coup against Pelosi, Crowley is the likely winner because Schiff and the others would scramble the field and Joe is acceptable to all factions.

One knowing Dem says: “My guess is Crowley is the next Dem Speaker/Leader. He’s the fresh face that the majority of the caucus yearns for … He’s a spring chicken by congressional standards, at 55 years old.”


My worry though is that this charge is being led by the “moderates”. We don’t need a more conservative leader, just one who is more effective and less divisive.


Conor Lamb weathered $10 million in attack ads cartoonishly calling the Democratic candidate in Pennsylvania’s special election a member of Nancy Pelosi’s liberal “flock.”

Now other Democratic hopefuls are looking to adopt Lamb’s strategy — he repeatedly and bluntly disavowed the Democratic leader — in their own competitive races. It raises the prospect of a slate of Democratic hopefuls running against the party’s House leader as they try to neutralize one of the GOP’s go-to attacks — a pillar of Republicans’ plan to keep the House majority in November.

A half-dozen Democratic House members and candidates told POLITICO in interviews that they had been closely monitoring how Lamb handled the Pelosi attack. In one notable ad, the 33-year-old Marine faced the camera and called the claim that he’s a clone of the Democratic leader “a big lie. I’ve already said on the front page of the newspaper that I don’t support Nancy Pelosi.”

Lamb, who faced Republican Rick Saccone on Tuesday, currently leads in a district that President Donald Trump won by 20 points in 2016, though the race hasn’t officially been called. Even moderate success in other Trump strongholds would likely flip the House to Democrats.

“If we’re going to take the majority, it’s going to be because we win districts like that,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas), a vocal critic of current leadership. “Running against Nancy Pelosi is going to help you a lot more than running with her.”

“I think everyone’s watching what Conor Lamb’s doing, and I hope they’re taking notes,” said Rep. Seth Moulton (D-Mass.).


POLITICO is a RW rag with an agenda. Pelosi needs to retire though. As a genuine life-long liberal, I snort with laughter every time the FRighties call people like her, “liberal.” She might have been one in her youth. She sure ain’t one now!


Army document: US strategy to ‘dethrone’ Putin for oil pipelines might provoke WW3

The document remains staunchly critical of Russia and Putin, but finds that Russian belligerence cannot be understood without accounting for the context of ongoing US interference in what Russia perceives to be its legitimate ‘sphere of influence.’

Simultaneously, the document admits that far from the US being some innocently hapless victim of Russian interference, the US has at various times run covert “information, economic and diplomatic” campaigns to either “dethrone Putin”, or at least undermine his rule.

An irony of the document is that despite repeatedly recognizing NATO’s own role in provoking Russian militarism, the US Army study refuses to contemplate a fundamental change of course with respect to NATO policies and interests.

… The Central Asian republics are among the most repressive, anti-democratic regimes in the world, consistently lambasted by human rights organizations for their horrific torture and persecution of any political dissent. ‘Democracy’ promotion clearly does not mean actual ‘democracy’ — it simply means a geopolitical alignment with NATO, hostility toward Russia, and an opening up of the economy to US and Western foreign investors, human rights be damned.

Last bit I’ll include here, as it speaks volumes about how we treat the whole world as OUR plaything, our country to integrate into our economic system and our natural resources:

“The US and the West need to determine what they want Russia to look like, how they want it to behave and if they care if Vladimir Putin is president.” (p. 106)

From a 2017 report by military people, the whole article is informative, by Nafeez Ahmed.

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