House Leadership Battle

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford testify before the House Armed Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. The Trump administration's top war-fighters came to Congress to testify about their FY2019 defense budget request.
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 16: Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, walks into her Rayburn Building office after talking with reporters about her possible run for House speaker on November 16, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Lynn, MA- April 08, 2017: Congressman Seth Moulton answers a question during a public town hall meeting at North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA on April 08, 2017. (Globe staff photo / Craig F. Walker) section: metro reporter:
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 1: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) looks on during a bill signing event at John Jay College, May 1, 2018 in New York City. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill ensuring domestic abusers are prohibited from possessing handguns and long guns in New York State. The bill also prohibits anyone with an outstanding warrant, felony, or other serious offenses from receiving or renewing a firearm license. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
More From the Anti-Pelosi Micro-Caucus

The anti-Pelosi faction has released its list of 16 incumbents or apparent midterm winners who say they will not vote for Pelosi in the floor vote for Speaker. That is at least a few fewer than expected. Marcia Fudge, who has half-suggested she’d challenge Pelosi, apparently pulled her name from the list. So on a few fronts it seems like the effort is flagging.

But it remains important to understand what’s happening here. Read More

WASHINGTON, DC - On the US Capitol east front plaza 116th Congressional freshman Representatives are interviewed, like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), after the Member-Elect class photo on the Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Wednesday November 14, 2018. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 6: Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) walks off stage after speaking at the Congressional Black Caucus swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hosts a ceremonial swearing-in event for current and newly-elected members of the114th Congress.  (Photo by Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images)
More on Pelosi

Last night I wrote up my take on whether Nancy Pelosi should be the next Speaker of the House under the incoming Democratic majority. Short answer: Yes. For the longer answer, click here. But the day so far as even more convinced me of a point that was partly implicit in what I wrote last night: that any question about Pelosi is quickly resolved when you look at the folks leading the charge to replace her. Read More

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) arrives at a post-midterm meeting of Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network in the Kennedy Caucus Room at the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Politicians considering a run for the 2020 Democratic party nomination, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), addressed the network meeting as well as House members vying for leadership positions. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Do the Dems Need Nancy Pelosi?
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08:  U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) (R-WI) speaks with House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) following an event marking the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act at the U.S. Capitol December 8, 2016 in Washington, DC. The bill, passed with strong bipartisan support, provides funding for cancer research, the fight against the epidemic of opioid abuse, mental health treatment, aids the Food and Drug Administration in expediting drug approvals and pushes for better use of technology in medicine.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

I wanted to share a few thoughts about the House Democrats’ leadership election. First, I’m ambivalent about Nancy Pelosi becoming Speaker again. Turnovers in leadership are good. The dozens of new House Democrats converging on Capitol Hill this week visibly shows the power of generational succession. The Democrats’ current House leadership has been in place for more than 15 years, an extraordinary length of time by historical standards. Read More

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 14: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) talks to journalists before heading into a Democratic caucus meeting in the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center November 14, 2018 in Washington, DC. Democrats gained 33 seats in the House of Representatives in the midterm elections so far and appear on track to gain between 35 and 40 once all the counting is complete, putting them in control of the chamber in 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
on May 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.
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