Sunday afternoon, the vote was taken to decide who would be the next Speaker of the House.
If everyone voted along party lines, Pelosi was expected to have a slim margin, but still one large enough to win.
This all got very complicated when numerous Democrats said they would not vote for Pelosi and several cases of COVID-19 popped up.
Pelosi Gets the Win, But…
When all was said and done, Pelosi managed to squeak out a close win over House Minority Leader McCarthy (R-TX).
That did not happen without controversy.
Pelosi apparently got the message that several Dems were going to sit out the vote, so she changed the rules.
Pelosi allowed quarantined members of Congress, including those that had tested positive, to come to the Hill to cast their vote in person.
She also released a statement as members of Congress prepared to vote, stating, “I am enormously grateful for the trust that Members have placed in me.
“I am confident that the Speaker’s election today will show a united Democratic Caucus ready to meet the challenges ahead, and that we are prepared to set our country on a new course, starting with the Electoral College meeting on Wednesday.”
When the votes were cast, Pelosi won back the speakership by a whopping total of eight votes, 216-208.
The support for Pelosi, however, will come at a cost for some members of the House.
Progressives were pleading with AOC and her fellow Squad members to block Pelosi, but every member of the uber-progressive Squad backed Pelosi.
While this has allowed Pelosi to retain power, it could come at the cost of support for some of her members by their constituents.
As long as Republicans can win one of those Georgia seats, I think this fracture could play out significantly in the 2022 election, with Republicans taking back control.
Source: Washington Examiner