What should not be a surprise to anyone, the super-wealthy U.S. Speaker Of The House, Nancy Pelosi, is a control freak. The problem is, she has lost control of her party, which is causing a hostile work environment.
U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) once quipped that “Washington sucks.” House Democrats are starting to come to the same conclusion.
Retiring Democrat Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), in his apparent frustration to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) control issues, just slammed what is happening on Capitol Hill.
“Let’s face it: The atmosphere in this place — it’s a hostile work environment,” Kind told Politico. “We’ve got members threatening to kill other members and treating each other with such disrespect. …Things seem to be getting worse.”
What is compounding the Democrat’s fear of possibly losing the House next November, is that with 19 members deciding to not run for re-election, three of them, such as DeFazio, are committee chairs, and most of them from battleground districts. This gives Republicans a chance to gain another seat, as strong Republican candidates are already running in most — if not all — of the 19 districts.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY) complained to Politico that being in Congress, “especially” with a weak majority wherein Pelosi can not lose more than a handful of votes to pass her partisan agenda items, is “hard.” He said: “I’m a new chair. But I can tell you it’s hard, especially when you have smaller margins, trying to get things done… The climate here has changed.”
“If you’ve been here a long time, it gets old after a while,” said Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), who’s been rumored to be eyeing the exit signs himself. “Especially with redistricting and the likelihood of us potentially losing the majority, a lot of folks … are looking at this as the high-water mark.”
Longtime Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) conceded that after the midterms, Congress will not be as “exciting” as it is now when they are passing partisan agenda items on nearly party-line votes if the Democrats end up in the minority. He said: “I mean, 2023 is not going to be as exciting as what we’re doing now…Even if we’re still in the majority.”
There are rumors of more Democrats abandoning ship in the coming weeks and months leading up to the midterms. In addition, there have been reports of Pelosi herself contemplating leaving elected office.
With President Biden’s dropping poll numbers and policies imploding, congressional Democrats are also now seeing their polling numbers plummet, losing to Republicans in generic ballots.