Nancy Pelosi has clung to power over the Democratic caucus in the House of Representatives after a secret vote Wednesday.
The standard rank-in-file leadership elections were cast into marginal disarray when Pelosi was challenged by the more centrist Democrat Tim Ryan of Ohio. According to The Hill, “Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan's 63 winning 68 percent of the votes.”
Republicans, who had surprise all-around electoral victories in November, from the Executive to the Senate, have wasted no time trolling and cheering Pelosi's leadership. In late November, the NRCC released a statement endorsing Pelosi for her run at leadership.
From the NRCC:
With Nancy Pelosi facing a challenge within her own party after House Democrats’ disastrous election results, the NRCC would like to offer its full support to the embattled former Speaker of the House.
Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats squandered their majority by forcing through unpopular legislation like Obamacare, of which Pelosi famously told us, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” After her party’s devastating 63 seat loss in the ensuing 2010 election, Pelosi miraculously maintained her spot as Democratic leader, which, predictably, led to the largest Republican majority since the 1920s.
Former Speaker Pelosi has also established herself as the world’s worst election prognosticator. Since her relegation to the minority, Pelosi has repeatedly assured reporters, cycle after cycle, that a Democrat majority is right around the corner, only to be soundly defeated each time.
“No single person deserves more credit for House Republicans’ historic majority than Nancy Pelosi,” said NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin.
Now, after the vote, the NRCC building on Capitol Hill, directly across from the US Capitol, has a message for Pelosi:
The photo, taken moments after the Dem leadership vote, shows that the RNC has raised an old banner, which used to say “FIRE PELOSI” and changed it to “HIRE PELOSI” complete with a congratulations message.
Here is that same banner in 2011:
Former RNC staffer Doug Heye tells IJR:
I'm glad to see the banner being hoisted again, and that Nancy Pelosi is 2-0 in her Minority Leadership runs when the GOP urges her reelection to the post. Even if for very different reasons, Republicans agree with House Democrats that Nancy Pelosi should lead her caucus.
And Nancy says: