California, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi discussed on Political Breakdown
Does this week with a last congressional race in California was called you might feel like the election was eight years ago? This was the race. It had been called for the other guy. Right. AP called for David down around Hanford, Fresno kings county to Larry. The district straddles the I five TJ hawks democrat pulled out a kind of surprise victory. And it's not I mean now, it seems like not a huge surprise because Democrats picked up seven congressional seats. But that was kind of one of the districts that the Democrats had I don't know downplayed it under the radar. Well. They'll say, no, we didn't. Yeah. We spend one and a half million bucks. But it was not say like ISIS that we really intimidated that the dams would pick up, but it was the last of seven and the nut processor won the race. I think is an interesting one because in a way you would have expected this to be one of the big targets for Democrats. David. DO was in a district for many years that had a democratic registration advantage. He's still helping you double digits. Hillary Clinton wanted one of those. And so this is a Cox, I guess I'll have to do some some catching absence. Everybody already been in DC getting their pictures taken us back. We actually tried to get him on tonight at the top for a few minutes. But he is back in DC have had dinner. I believe with Steny Hoyer. I think I can say that did he make the Pelosi vote is the question. I doubt it right? Because this all happened. You know, I'm sure he did Wednesday. But he has now said he's going to support the hope speaker hopeful Nancy Pelosi, and that's a good transition to her. She's at a pretty good week. I'd say she got the nomination from her caucus about fifteen votes. Short of the two eighteen she needs in January, but that was the secret ballot. So I'm sure there were perhaps some people who were emboldened not vote for her. But who may when the time comes in the light of day decided to go with her. In fact, I mean, she has a couple of weeks, obviously until that vote on the floor in January. And it has been an interesting one to watch sort of the what we can see if the mackinac in terms of, you know, something that she's facing that I think you saw Republicans last year Republicans beakers really deal with which was the different wings of their party. And how do you make in her case the left more progressive younger wing happy while still keeping some of those kind of blue dog more moderate Democrats in their camp. And it's funny because we've been hearing so much about the progressives. I actually think the more moderate dams who won red districts are the harder sell for her. Yeah. Well, those and also people accept molten in my Massachusetts who knocked off a more progressive democrat and other democrat beat the democrat in the primary, but yeah, I mean, that's really what she's done. So well, though in the past is to keep that very fractious caucus together. But when you've got freshman coming in with big ideas and big plans in the Fatah pushing back against the machine. You know, there has to be some reckoning somewhere. Yes. And I know that she did not want to make any promises about like a time line. You know, when we spoke with her and August, she talked about being a transitional figure on building a bridge and going to be a long transition. I don't I don't expect her to transition anywhere at least before twenty twenty. But. You know? I mean, a lot depends on the twenty twenty presidential election. Also, you may recall she said that if Hillary Clinton had one she was going to retire. Now who knows if that really would have happened, you know, and I think she's once you have climbed to that level as Dianne Feinstein has. And you're a woman a lot not a lot of women get to that level. They want to kind of go away on their own terms. I don't think they want to be told. You're too old. You're you know, we need some new fresh faces. And I think probably a lot of members of our caucus respect that. Yeah. And I think what her supporters would say is that Republicans attacking us. The worst reason Trump's sitting round up a few votes. Say that in the back pocket closer to home. The we had some drama. I guess you could call it in the California Democratic party chairman. Eric Baumann step down Thursday after sort of a couple days of dripping out of some sexual harassment allegations against him. Some should actually come up during the very contentious party fight. What was that? Okay. 2017 seventeen I think. Yeah. Without he is out. He was initially going to take that step which we've seen a lot of politicians take of taking a leave of absence to get some treatment for alcohol abuse of. But there was a growing crescendo of people. I think Gavin Newsom the governor elect saying today that he wanted him to resign. And I think better Ye the controller in a number of others. I think the writing was clearly on the wall. But you have to think that there is some I mean, he was, you know, not very smart to do some of the things he allegedly did. But there's gotta be some remnants. I think of that really bitter fight with Kimberly who he ran against for chair last year. And you know, I'm sure there's a number of people in the party who are not sorry to see him fall. Now. I mean, you wonder this came obviously after the election there, as I mentioned there have been some whispers of it prior to two thousand sixteen twenty seventeen and I will say one thing that is interesting about this as he and others within the party were very outspoken when this sort of metoo moment movement swept through at the end of last year, zero tolerance, right and. So so that's one thing which is like the apparent if hypocrisy, but then also he's gay, and this is the first really big like high profile political LGBT kind of metoo movement. We've seen in California. And I think that you know, there was growing acknowledgment this week that it was not gonna work out for him. And then, of course, the LA times, Melanie Mason, he's done a lot of these stories over the past year and a half came out with you know, the I kind of official accounting of some of these allegations. And I think one of the nails in the coffin to is when rigs Arbor who's the head of quality, California, the LGBT group in California called for him to step down as well. And that was just one of several, but I think that one probably hit pretty close to home for. All right. Well, we will see what's next. We're not gonna talk about the Democratic Party. We're gonna talk about the Republican party. After this short break, we will be joined by GOP political consultant match shoop. 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