The House Democrats have completed their leadership elections.
Nancy Pelosi – who presided over the disastrous 2010, 2014 and 2016 elections – wanted another two years as the top Democrat in the House.
She was challenged by Ohio Representative Tim Ryan.
But the decision the Democrats made may just doom them to defeat.
Heading into the elections, Pelosi claimed she had the support of two-thirds of her caucus.
But she suffered a setback when House Democrats agreed to delay their elections, which also gave any challengers a chance to whip up support.
As the vote drew near, at least ten House Democrats pledged to vote against Pelosi, who they saw as a symbol of the party’s failed left-wing identity politics pitch that excited donors on the coasts, but alienated voters in Middle America.
When the vote was finally held, Pelosi won 134-63.
The 63 votes represented a sharp rebuke by her caucus, however.
When she was challenged after the Democrats lost the majority in the 2010 midterms, she lost just 43 Democrats in the vote.
She won in part by promising to include more junior members of the caucus in leadership since newer members complained the top three Democrats in the House were all over 70 years old.
House Minority Leader Pelosi will retain her position as Democrats move forward pic.twitter.com/9XZp5upmDw
— RealClearPolitics (@RealClearNews) November 30, 2016
Tim Ryan centered his pitch on moving the party back to the middle and focusing the party’s message on Rust Belt voters who ditched the Democrats for Donald Trump.
Trump won over 200 counties that had previously voted for Barack Obama based on the strength of his populist message, which included securing the border, stopping global trade deals, and rejecting reckless foreign interventions.
Not every Democrat was pleased with the results.
Rep. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) claimed the party was falling back on the same failed leaders and policies the American people rejected.
My statement regarding today’s House Dem Caucus election: pic.twitter.com/rZqcqvTvWd
— Kyrsten Sinema (@kyrstensinema) November 30, 2016
In the election, many working class voters recognized the Democrats were more worried about forcing everyone to accept men in the women’s bathrooms, fighting so-called “white privilege”, and kowtowing to radical social justice warriors.
Instead of representing the working class, Democrats represented niche interest groups centered on race, gender, and sexual orientation.
By re-electing Pelosi as House Minority Leader, Democrats chained themselves to that strategy.
It will likely hamper the Party’s prospects in the 2018 midterm elections.