Ten-to-one Nancy Pelosi doesn't listen:
The letter is now circulating Capitol Hill and has not yet been sent to the Speaker. FOX has obtained draft language of the letter.
In the draft of the letter, the members say that they were "victimized by a national wave of resentment toward Democrats, a wave that ensnared you along with us."
The letter goes on to say "Madam Speaker, fairly or unfairly, Republicans made you the face of the resentment and disagreement in our races. While we commend your years of service to our party and your leadership through many tough times, we respectfully ask that you step aside as the top Democrat in the House."
The letter says that the defeated members "fear that Republicans will further demonize you, and in so doing, they will scare potential candidates out. The prospect of having to run against their own party leadership, in addition to their Republican opponent is simply too daunting."
The lawmakers also say that "one mark of a strong leader is the ability to discern when it is time to pass the baton" and calls this a "dark hour."
The letter closes asking Pelosi to step aside.
And why should she? These Democrats lost! They have no say in the leadership for House Democrats come the next congress. If she wants to be tone-defeaf and wants to run as Minority Leader, thats on her and the ones who will be left. Let them keep digging their hole.
What I would love to know, is who will be signing this letter. When you start the letter off as from "Defeated Members", you know it will produce some tension with Democrat Leadership. I want to follow these people in the lame duck session to see how they vote and how leadership treats them after signing the letter. Some people I would love to watch would be Allen Boyd (FL-02), Alan Grayson* (FL-08), Ron Klein (FL-22), and Susan Kosmas (FL-24).
It should be an interesting lame duck session to be sure.
*I don't think he'll sign it, but this is just my wish list.