Pelosi Remains But ‘Winter is Coming’ for Democrats

Nathan L. Gonzales December 7, 2016 · 9:08 AM EST

Nancy Pelosi survived her leadership election and will continue to lead House Democrats in the next Congress. But the fact that she received a credible challenge, who was supported by one-third of her members, is yet another sign that the times have changed for the Democratic Party.

For the last eight years, Democrats have enjoyed watching the greatest show on Earth: the Republican Civil War. Democrats could grab a bowl of popcorn, sit back, and watch the Republicans eat themselves alive in primaries.

Meanwhile, Democrats boasted about their ability to avoid messy situations. Pelosi, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, President Barack Obama and a handful of others had the luxury of moving the pieces on the board and everyone falling into place.

But “winter is coming” for the Democrats (to borrow the “Game of Thrones” line) and tougher times are ahead.

The best recent example is probably Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Amidst all the noise of the election cycle, it’s easy to forget the fact that an old, white guy (who isn’t even a Democrat) took Hillary Clinton (from one of the most powerful Democratic families in a generation) to the brink of the presidential nominating process. Sanders bucked the Democratic Party establishment, even antagonized it, and found…

Gubernatorial Losers Descend on Next Congress

Nathan L. Gonzales December 6, 2016 · 9:15 AM EST

Getting to know your new classmates is always an awkward experience, but a handful of new House members will have at least one thing in common: losing a race for governor.

Two years ago, Democrat Anthony Brown lost the Maryland gubernatorial race to Republican Larry Hogan in an upset, 51 percent…

Donald Trump, Golden Shepherds, and the 2016 Election

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 3:00 PM EST

I missed it. The most important election of my kids’ lifetimes and I missed it. I just didn’t see how the Golden Shepherd would defeat the Monarch Butterfly to become the official mascot of their public elementary school.

All the data pointed to a Monarch victory. A majority of the classrooms have…

Louisiana Runoffs Shape Republicans on the Hill

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 2:59 PM EST

There was a chance the entire nation would descend on Louisiana for a December runoff that would decide control of the Senate. But Republicans’ strong performance on Nov. 8, including holding the majority and electing Donald Trump president, all-but-ended interest in the upcoming runoff in the…

Electoral Fallout from Trump’s Cabinet Selections

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Nathan L. Gonzales December 2, 2016 · 2:58 PM EST

Donald Trump’s election sent shockwaves across the country and in Washington, D.C. Now his cabinet selections are having a ripple effect on Capitol Hill as he plucks Members to fill key slots. 

Some of his staffing decisions are more concrete than others, but here is an initial look at the…