On the Hill with Doug Christian
CAPITOL HILL – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is struggling to quell Democratic infighting and to keep the four most restive progressives in her caucus known as ‘The Squad’ in line. For Pelosi, public bickering and veering too far left is “playing completely into the hands” of Republicans.
Of The Squad, Pelosi quipped to the New York Time’s Maureen Dowd on Sunday that “these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world, but they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.”
The four insurgent representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) of New York, Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) of Massachusetts, who make up The Squad, are not backing down. They’re doubling down.
After Pelosi warned Democratic House members in a closed-door session Wednesday not to make internal policy disputes public, The Squad went public.
Ocasio-Cortez told The Washington Post that she “kind of thought that [Pelosi] was keeping the progressive flank at more of an arm’s distance in order to protect more moderate members, which I understood, but the persistent singling out . . . it got to a point where it was just outright disrespectful . . . the explicit singling out of newly elected women of color.”
In other news, GOP strategists are shocked and disappointed this morning by the astonishing defeat of a rising female hopeful, Dr. Joan Perry, who lost by over 20 points in a North Carolina Republican primary against state Rep. Greg Murphy for a House seat.
GOP strategists believe that for Republicans to win back the House in 2020, they need to radically increase the number of House Republican women from a diminutive 13 today to something more substantial.
Looking forward, the House Judiciary Committee will vote today to authorize subpoenas for 12 of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s witnesses.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill