House Democrats on Wednesday nominated Speaker Nancy Pelosi to remain atop the party for another two years, brushing aside some internal grousing about a disappointing election performance in a vote demonstrating overwhelming confidence in their long-time leader.
The nomination was secured by voice vote, during a process conducted remotely as a health precaution amid a surge in coronavirus cases.
That marks a stark contrast to the secret election of two years ago when 32 Democrats had opposed Pelosi amid a rebellion from a group of restive moderates ready for a changing of the guard after nearly two decades under Pelosi’s reign.
The erosion of defectors reflects the support she’s since earned from a number of those earlier critics; the losses Democrats suffered at the polls earlier in a month when four moderate Democrats who had opposed Pelosi’s Speakership bid on the House floor were picked off by GOP challengers; and the ascension of President-elect Joe Biden, whose victory over President Trump has tempered some of the party’s frustrations for losses down the ballot.
The outcome was never in doubt: Nancy Pelosi ran unopposed, and her dealings with President Trump over the last two years have won the praise of even her sharpest Democratic critics.
Still, a small group of moderate lawmakers had pressed for a leadership overhaul after the party’s high expectations for expanding their majority at the polls this month were dashed when the results came in.
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