After the election didn’t go quite as they had hoped, the Democrats majority in their house is shrinking – and they’re freaking out about it.
Democrats are so nervous about the shrunken majority, in fact, that they’re pushing House members not to take jobs with the Biden administration should he become president.
Democrat leadership is reportedly concerned that they will lose any vacated seats to their Republican counterparts.
Numerous insiders have accused Democrats House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of applying pressure on House members to stay put in order to maintain a now slim majority.
“Nancy is telling House members, ‘Now is not the time to leave,’” a Democratic Party official who’s been briefed by Democratic congressional reps said.
Another House insider said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is urging Democratic congressional reps to stay put, and told the Biden transition team not to poach its members because of the party’s slim majority following the disastrous Nov. 3 elections.
The sensitive topics of jumping ship to work for Biden amid the loss of House seats came up at a House Democratic caucus meeting last week.
“It’s not helpful to talk about that,” a member of Democratic leadership reportedly said on the call regarding House Dems wanting to relinquish their seats and work for Biden.
“The feeling is: don’t make rash decisions about going to the administration without first considering consequences to the caucus,” a Democratic insider familiar with the call said.
The “zeitgeist” of the Democratic House leadership is that their majority is “razor thin,” the source said.
Pelosi’s office attempted to cover up the fact that the Democrats are in panic mode, attempting to salvage their fragile majority.
Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill claimed that the insider story with multiple sources is “completely false,” adding, “the Speaker wants the full contribution of House Democrats to the Biden-Harris mandate and to the future represented in the Administration,” said Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill.
Last week, the New York Post revealed that if elected president, Biden was eyeing a bipartisan list of 30 members of Congress known for working across the aisle for key administration posts.
The Biden transition team is looking at 20 lawmakers serving in the House of Representatives and 10 in the Senate who received the US Chamber of Commerce’s Jefferson-Hamilton 2020 award for bipartisanship.
An insider said that the Biden team is looking more closely at the House — where Democrats are in the majority — rather than the Senate, the fate of which is up for grabs depending on two special elections in Georgia in January.
If a House Dem were to join the administration, his or her seat would then be filled during a special election open to Democrats and Republicans. The timing of such elections varies state to state.
Historically, the party of the president in power also loses congressional seats during mid-term elections. The House flipped under both Presidents Obama and Trump.
House leaders are especially worried about proven vote-getting moderate Democrats in swing districts flying the coop — giving Republicans a shot at winning those seats.
While the results of the election have not yet been certified, the Democrats are expected to see their majority in the house cut nearly in half, shrinking 12 seats from its current margin of 233 to 201 down to a much weaker 219 majority seat count.
The beating that the Democrats have taken in the House this election has cause of a fury of infighting among Democrats, pointing the finger at one another in search of who’s to blame for the lost seats.
Much of the blame has been put on the socialists in the Democratic party such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and her radical calls to defund the police, though she has responded blaming the moderates for their lost seats, insisting that its time the party embraces full blown socialism.