Don’t hold your breath for the new Democratic Speaker to embrace a healthier, less divisive position.
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries seems poised to take over as the new leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives. Will Rep. Jeffries use this opportunity to usher in less polarized politics? Voters tended to not support candidates who refused to accept the results of legitimate elections. “Muddled” results is how James Freeman describes the past mid-terms.
… in New York state specifically, a very liberal electorate registered its displeasure with the party in power by handing four Democratic seats in the U.S. House over to the GOP. This Empire State realignment has helped create a new Republican House majority.
So it may seem a little odd that House Democrats now appear set to choose as their new chief a New York Democrat who was a 2016 election denier, to use the popular media phrase. But it also represents an opportunity for expected House Minority Leader Rep. Hakeem Jeffries to chart a new course toward a healthier and less divisive politics.
It’s also unfortunate that Rep. Jeffries chose to embrace the Clinton denialism and then stuck with it for years.
Almost requisite as part of the leader’s job is making speeches condemning Donald Trump.
“Wouldn’t it be a refreshing change in our polarized politics,” suggests Mr. Freeman in the WSJ, “for Mr. Jeffries to couple his denunciations of the former president’s reaction to the 2020 Biden victory with a rejection of Mrs. Clinton’s reaction to the 2016 Trump victory?”
Mr. Jeffries in 2018:
The more we learn about 2016 election the more ILLEGITIMATE it becomes.
Ideally, adds Mr. Freeman, “Mr. Jeffries would also condemn her campaign’s promotion of the Russia collusion hoax, a historic pollution of our politics, and express regret for helping to spread the poison.”
It’s hard to think of a more compelling way for the new House minority leader to introduce himself to independent voters nationwide.
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