In the draft of the letter, the members say that they were “victimized by a national wave of resentment toward Democrats, a wave that ensnared you along with us.”
The letter goes on to say “Madam Speaker, fairly or unfairly, Republicans made you the face of the resentment and disagreement in our races. While we commend your years of service to our party and your leadership through many tough times, we respectfully ask that you step aside as the top Democrat in the House.”
The letter says that the defeated members “fear that Republicans will further demonize you, and in so doing, they will scare potential candidates out. The prospect of having to run against their own party leadership, in addition to their Republican opponent is simply too daunting.”
The lawmakers also say that “one mark of a strong leader is the ability to discern when it is time to pass the baton” and calls this a “dark hour.”
The letter closes asking Pelosi to step aside.
The Democrats still don’t get it.
If they maintain the same leadership, as Nancy Pelosi and Jim Clyburn certainly seem to be pushing for, it will be all too obvious that the Democratic Party has not listened to what was being said by the American people a week ago tomorrow. And while this letter from House Democrats, on its face, might suggest that they have been listening, the actual contents of the letter says otherwise.
For the sake of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi should not step down because she was “demonized” by Republicans. She should step down because the American people have resoundingly repudiated both her actions and policies, and the long-term survival of the party she worked to destroy depends on her noticeable absence. To continue to be relevant to more than just those who wish to perpetuate and expand our entitlement society, the Democratic Party must shake loose the far left influences which has dragged it down into record losses last week.
Was Pelosi “the face of the resentment and disagreement” in the races which culminated in devastating losses last week? Certainly. But that alone, however, is merely the most superficial of reasons for which she should step aside.