Two incoming Democratic House members, Cori Bush and Jamal Bowman, refused to state over the weekend whether or not they would throw support behind House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as she seeks to remain the highest-ranking member of the House.
Instead, the pair of newcomers stated they would need to first consult their communities about who to support for the position.
Strange answer, right?
“What I’m going to do is make sure that the voices of the people of St. Louis are heard, and that we have what we need, and so you’ll find out then,” Bush, who has been called the latest addition to the “Squad,” told CNN host Dana Bash after offering a mild chuckle. “I’m working with my community,” she added.
Incoming progressive Congressman Jamal Bowman (D-NY), who was also featured in the interview, answered the Pelosi question in the same way. “You will find out when my vote is tallied. And again, organizing with our community to figure out what’s best.”
The CNN host tried to push the duo on what exactly they were waiting to hear from their communities about before committing to a speakership vote, but ran out of time for Bush to answer after the duo talked over each other twice. Bowman simply blurted out that the country needs reparations for slavery, a jobs guarantee, and Medicare for All.
Pelosi hasn’t had an overwhelming amount of support from other Democrats in the House. Much of this has to do with the fact that younger and younger individuals are getting seats in the House and these folks tend to view Pelosi as part of the establishment.
In other words, Pelosi isn’t radical enough for their taste, therefore, they aren’t backing her in her bid for House Speaker. That’s a terrifying thought when you really mull it over. Pelosi is definitely a progressive, but the individuals who are in the House now, like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, aren’t just liberal. They’re socialist.
And that’s the kind of person they want in that position.
It’s enough to give you the willies, isn’t it?