When far-left liberal House Democrats officially re-elected Nancy Pelosi as their leader Wednesday, they sent a clear message to voters: We REFUSE to change.
After being beaten resoundingly in three out of the last four election cycles, it’s clear that Democrats must change, or they’ll continue to lose elections.
But that’s not a message they seem willing to hear.
And by ratifying the status quo in a changing Washington with Pelosi, these extreme liberal leaders have even caused backlash among top moderate Democrats.
That disenchantment showed itself in 63 lawmakers supporting Pelosi’s opponent, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, in the secret-ballot vote. That was by far the largest defection Pelosi has suffered since she began leading House Democrats in 2002.
Ryan and many of his “Blue Dog” — conservative Democrat — backers had a dire warning for the party.
America is sick of the games.
“There’s a whole lot of anger,” said one Democrat who opposed her, who spoke anonymously to The Huffington Post. “I’m astounded that this caucus refuses to acknowledge reality and change.”
Democrat lawmakers have expressed frustration over a range of issues, including stagnant leadership in their caucus, and Democrats’ failures to connect with white working class voters.
“I’m very concerned we just signed the Democratic party’s death certificate … unless we change what we are talking about, which is really the working man and woman’s agenda,” warned Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader.
Other House Democrats vented their disappointment with the party as well.
“It is obvious the current strategy doesn’t work,” said Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema. “Millions of Americans don’t feel that our party represents them anymore and they’ve said so, loudly, in multiple elections.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article