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Nancy Pelosi Embraces the Change Republicans Fear Most

September 15, 2018 in Blogs

By Nancy LeTourneau, The Washington Monthly

White men have been a minority in the Democratic caucus since 2012. The former speaker understands the power of partnership.

As we approach the end of primary season, Elena Schneider reports that white men are in the minority among Democratic House nominees.

White men are in the minority in the House Democratic candidate pool, a POLITICO analysis shows. Democrats have nominated a whopping 180 female candidates in House primaries — shattering the party’s previous record of 120, according to Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics. Heading into the final primaries of 2018 this week, Democrats have also nominated at least 133 people of color and 158 first-time candidates to run for the House…

Their success in primaries could herald a major shift in Congress, which is majority-white, majority-male and still mostly made up of former state legislators who climbed the political ladder to Washington. And the candidates could also mark the beginning of a new era for the rebuilding Democratic Party, which is counting on new types of candidates to take back the House.

While that is a story we’ve been talking about a lot lately, Schneider never mentioned that, for Democrats, that change happened back in 2012.

When the incoming U.S. House freshmen of the 113th Congress take their class photo, the image will reflect two very different visions of the nation.

On the Democratic side: Women and minorities — a coalition that, along with young voters, largely helped re-elect President Barack Obama — collectively will for the first time in the nation’s history outnumber white male Democrats.

On the Republican side: The majority of the House seats will be held by white men — a group which far outnumbers the now dwindled numbers of House GOP women and minorities after the losses of two minority members and about a half dozen women from that caucus.

I was aware of that because I remember an interview Rachel Maddow did with Nancy Pelosi shortly after the 2012 election. You might want to check out the entire …read more


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