The Democratic and Republican national parties both have leadership problems. Yes, it’s true that the Republicans are in control of all levers of government, but they like the Democrats have no succession plan for the future. The Democrats are in much worst shape though.
Consider this: the Democratic leadership has Nancy Pelosi age 77 as head of the Democratic Caucus on the House side. Her number two Steny Hoyer is 78 and the number 3, the only African American currently in House leadership, Jim Clyburn is 76. That means that the average age of House leadership is 77 years old and according to Library of Congress as of 2014, the average age of a House member was 57 years old.
Many Americans who look at the democratic party today most likely see a party leadership that does not represent them either in views, skin tone, or age. Pelosi from California, Hoyer from Maryland and Clyburn from a minority majority district in South Carolina. Those districts do not represent not only the changing face of the country, but also the complexity of the American economy.
In last week’s special election to replace now Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, many Democrats thought they would win the seat with a 30-year-old political novice who had never won election before. I never thought they would win and the reason being is because that race, that the Democrats lost, was and is a microcosm of what’s wrong with the Democrat party. They are a party of no ideas and they are against everything the Republicans stand for as opposed to be for what they believe. It’s the same problem Republicans had when Democrats controlled the White House, but this time it feels different. It seems like the knives are out for Leader Pelosi.
Nancy Pelosi, the first women Speaker of the House and a skilled politician should be rightfully feared. She is good at what she does, and she is a pretty effective fundraiser. She is not the best spokesperson for the Party and has become a national piñata for Republicans running for office.
In fact, Pelosi’s name was not on the ballot in Georgia this past Tuesday, but based on the ads, you would have thought she was. In other words, she has become a national target visa a vie a national liability for Democrats. Rand and file democrats know this as well and that is the reason why you see many coming out publically for her to step aside. Stating that, “I respect any opinion that my members have, but my decision about how long I stay is not up to them,” she said. My caucus is overwhelmingly supportive of me.”
She’s only half correct. In fact, some two-dozen or so Democratic Members are openly meeting to discuss replacing her Leader and if history is any guide these type of political coups never go well. Think Margaret Thatcher, Newt Gingrich or John Boehner. All of these former leaders will tell you that if there are cracks in the armor, these are good signs that it may a sign to step aside gracefully. Pelosi went on to say at the news conference that “I am a master legislator,” Pelosi declared. “I am a strategic, politically astute leader. My leadership is recognized by many around the country. That is why I am able to attract the [financial] support that I do, which is essential to our election, I am sad to say.” Once again, she’s right, but how many seats do Democrats have to loose, or how many more birthdays does Pelosi have to celebrate to look in the mirror and will herself to step aside?
Voluntarily letting go of power is hard, but being humiliated and undergoing multiple leadership coups is even harder. The more gracious thing to do would be to step aside and allow a new generation of leaders takes your ideas and vision to the new level. That’s the classy thing to do.