Nancy Pelosi

Linda Sanchez of California is calling for the ouster of Nancy Pelosi as minority leader for the Democrats in the House of Representatives. She’s demanding that she step down (or be cast aside) for a “new generation of leaders” to take over.

…Except there really isn’t anyone to pass the torch over to in the Democrat party, since all their up and coming stars were defeated over the last few election cycles.

“Our leadership does a tremendous job,” said Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, “but I do think we have this real breadth and depth of talent within our caucus, and I do think it’s time to pass the torch to a new generation of leaders, and I want to be a part of that transition. I want to see that happen.”

Sanchez, the fifth-ranking Democrat in the House, was interviewed on C-SPAN by two reporters who asked her about the current makeup of Democratic leadership.

Sanchez specifically called out Pelosi; the House minority whip, Steny Hoyer of Maryland; and the assistant House minority leader, James Clyburn of South Carolina, when asked who should leave their leadership positions.

“I don’t think there is one leader of the Democratic Party. I think there are many people who try to move the country in the right direction,” Sanchez said. “We have too many great leaders here that don’t always get the opportunities that they should, and I would like to see that change.”

The full interview will air on C-SPAN on Sunday.

Pelosi has enjoyed a 15-year grasp on power leading the Democrats and has served in the House since 1987. She served as the speaker from 2007-11.

What this really amounts to is a private coup spilling over into the public sphere. Some in the Democrat leadership are trying to make nice with Linda Sanchez, while others, like Nancy Pelosi’s chief of staff aren’t mincing words:

Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Pelosi, shot back at Sanchez.

“Leader Pelosi enjoys wide support in the caucus and has always said she not in Congress on a shift but on a mission,” Hammill said. “Pelosi is focused on winning back the House and anything else is a distraction from our path to the majority.”

If Pelosi takes the Democrats to yet another defeat in the House, I predict they will learn exactly the wrong message and move even further left.

Evidence of this? Nancy Pelosi is facing her own primary challenger, from the left, because she is apparently compromising too much with the Republicans. If she takes them down to defeat again, the heads of the Democrat leadership will roll.