Two very good stuff happened to the Democratic Party this week. They happen to be two things that may carve out a viable future and a possible go back to political dominance.
And it didn’t have something related to Robert Mueller, Russia, or even tax reform.
It is about decreasing the party’s old safeguard in favor of a new crew that can actually are a symbol of new principles and gain elections.
On the top, all that happened is Rep. John Conyers finally offered directly into pressure and resigned and an increasing number of Democratic senators named on fellow Democrat Al Franken to resign.Initially have the downfall of the longest-serving Democrat found in Congress and a good well-known Democrat senator is poor news for the get together. But it should be good news for the party for the reason that Conyers resignation and the pressure on Franken generally comes by push from a new guard.
The old guard, led by Residence Minority Leader and former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, dithered when confronted with the pressure to either support or cut Conyers loose. Initially, Pelosi trapped by Conyers and defended him, declaring he should get “credited process.” Finally, four days after, she wilted under great pressure and named on him to resign. Once that happened, his genuine resignation became a formality.
But Pelosi continues to be in trouble. She was at ideal indecisive just as the entire country is swept up in a give attention to sexual assault and harassment. Making matters worse, various other Democrats in the House happen to be facing sexual misconduct fees, and some of these insist Pelosi knew about the fees against them well into the past. This craze undermines her ability to business lead in this environment.
Leading the task against her the majority of loudly is Rep. Kathleen Rice from suburban Longer Island, N.Y. She stormed out of a Democratic caucus conference to handle the harassment scandals that Pelosi organized on Nov. 29. While leaving the conference, Rice informed the news media she “does not have period for meetings that are not real.”
She also immediately called on Residence Speaker Paul Ryan to lift the gag order on Conyers’ $27,000 taxpayer settlement with one of is own accusers.Most importantly, Rice challenged Pelosi directly, insisting her first response to the Conyers controversy, “set women back and – to be honest, our party back – decades.”
Many reformers and forward-thinking Democrats have been trying to replace Pelosi as the congressional leader of their party for years. But this effort looks like it possesses a much better chance of succeeding.
One reason: this motion has the strong principle behind it of going for a very clear, no-tolerance stance against sexual misconduct. That’s a large deal for the reason that Democratic Party is so heavily committed to the women’s vote and this is clearly a crucial concern for that demographic.
Second of all, the other two serious attempts to oust Pelosi were led by white colored men, (Rep. Steny Hoyer in 2014 and Rep. Tim Ryan in 2016). Rice’s decision to create a major public stink against Pelosi over the harassment concern represents A-level persuasion and approach on her behalf part. This not only endears her to true feminists, but also to hard-primary conservatives who disdain Pelosi and her duplicity. Just how many issues give that kind of dual opportunity?
And Rice isn’t just a woman, but a female from a suburban district that connects her easier to more voters nationally than the urban elites who back Pelosi and her ilk. The truth is the Democratic Party needs to start representing extra non-urban voting and donor blocks to survive. Rice and the female senators leading the demand against Franken give that chance.
A lot of those Democratic ladies are backed by the same kind of urban powers. Which includes New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and California Sen. Kamala Harris. But search for relative Senate newcomers like Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin and Nevada’s Catherine Cortez Masto to consider this ball and work with it. And no matter where they come from, any female Democrat in the Senate who predates the Costs Clinton era comes with an added opportunity now.
Keep in mind, this harassment storm is far from over. There are always a total of 264 harassment settlements made by the House’s Office of Compliance just since 1997. A lot more Democrats and Republicans in Congress appear likely to be forced out as the pressure mounts to reveal the facts of those agreements and the titles behind them. There’s a potential thinning out of the incumbent ranks that could spell doom for Pelosi whether or not persons like Rice weren’t demanding her.
But challenging her they are. Rice is also one of a handful of Democrats who pushed back against the Iran nuclear offer that President Barack Obama and Pelosi reinforced regardless of the polls that showed strong opposition to the deal throughout the method in 2015. This kind of independence can help Rice and others like her as the very idea of Democratic Party orthodoxy withers when confronted with highly successful insurgent candidacies like the one launched by Sen. Bernie Sanders.
This goes beyond just the harassment issue. It’s also about a motion within both celebrations’ ranks to stamp out hypocrisy and cronyism. Sexual misconduct isn’t the just storyline where leaders of both celebrations are showing a dual common. The GOP is coping with duplicity problem with the Senate candidacy of Judge Roy Moore. That’s what makes every one of them vulnerable.
All of this has more great potential than the rest of the Democratic Party’s continued obsession with trying to bring down President Donald Trump via impeachment and various other forms of continuous protest. Actually if those techniques are successful, where does the get together go after that? Taking a more robust are a symbol of women and ethics can last very long after President Trump is gone.
In that sense, John Conyers and now Al Franken are unintentionally taking more than just short-term shame to their get together. Their downfall, and the ones learning the right lesson from it, have brought the Democrats a viable future.
Commentary by Jake Novak, CNBC.com senior columnist. Follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.
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