In her time as the head of House Democrats, Nancy Pelosi has moved her party far to the Left.
But as hard as it is for some to believe, there are members of the Democrat Caucus who are even more radical than Speaker of the House Pelosi.
In fact, the leading candidate to replace her as Speaker is now pushing for extreme reparations.
After weeks of counting, enough U.S. House races were called to declare that the Republicans will take control of the Lower Chamber – though just barely.
Before the 2022 Midterms, Democrats held a narrow 5-seat advantage in the House.
A Red Wave never came on Election Day, and it looks as though the GOP will have an even slimmer lead than Democrats had when Congress reconvenes in 2023.
Pelosi’s reparations-supporting heir apparent appears to be a shoo-in with Democrat Caucus
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco has been the face of the Democrat party for two decades and rather than be demoted to Minority Leader, she’s decided to step down from party leadership altogether.
“With great confidence in our caucus, I will not seek reelection to Democratic leadership in the next Congress,” Pelosi said. “For me, the hour has come for a new generation to lead the Democratic Congress that I so deeply respect. And I am grateful that so many are ready and willing to shoulder this awesome responsibility.”
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York is rumored around the beltway to be the leading candidate to take Pelosi’s spot.
Were Jeffries to become House Minority Leader, the backbencher would be leapfrogging many bigger name members and Congressman with more seniority ahead of him.
“I’m very comfortable saying I believe that every member of the Congressional Black Caucus would vote for Hakeem Jeffries,” said CBC Chairwoman Democrat Joyce Beatty of Ohio.
Current House Majority Leader, 83-year-old Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer of Maryland, 82-year-old Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina have also both decided to leave leadership rather than vie for Pelosi’s position.
That apparently clears the path for Jeffries – who already is signaling he wants to take the party even further to the Left, if that’s possible.
Jeffries wants Congress to commission a study to determine how much black people should receive from whites in reparations for slavery.
Mind you, there are no former slaves still alive – or even the children of former slaves.
Jeffries is co-sponsoring a bill to create a national commission to study and develop proposals on slavery reparations.
Under the bill, a 13-member commission would be tasked with presenting appropriate remedies to the supposed “systemic racism” that has “plagued America” since its founding and still today.
“The call for reparations represents a commitment to entering a constructive dialogue on the role of slavery and racism in shaping present-day conditions in our community and American society,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, the Texas Democrat who authored the legislation.
Jeffries has been one of the leading advocates for the commission since 2019 – calling it “the least Congress” can do.
“We’re not going to move on because after slavery, [there was] Jim Crow and the rise of the KKK,” Jeffries said. “And the lynching epidemic. And Plessy v. Ferguson. And Black Wall Street in 1921 destroyed.”
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.