Democratic activist Robert Patillo hinted Saturday that Maxine Waters might be the Democrats’ pick to be the next Speaker of the House should the party regain control in 2018.
“Democrats looking at a president hovering around a 30 percent approval rating have no reason to run into a burning building and try to put it out, when they should instead just wait for 2018 when they have Speaker of the House Maxine Waters and Senate leader Chuck Schumer,” Patillo, an attorney, civil rights activist and Atlanta radio host, told Fox News’ “America’s News Headquarters.”
On the one hand, this assertion makes perfect sense. Waters has been more than outspoken against Trump in recent months, and her willy nilly calls for his impeachment have been received by many as political positioning for a 2020 run for the presidency. Furthermore, current House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s head has been on the chopping block for a while.
On the other hand, Pelosi has been at the helm for all four special election losses for the Dems this year, but she continues to raise money. The need for her removal stems more from the fact she’s clearly not as sharp mentally, and doesn’t come close to being the young, vibrant voice of diversity the Democrats seem to be looking for. Those exact same criticisms can be said of Waters.
While outspoken, she is rarely well spoken, and often speaks as if to hit on a list of politically charged phrases on national television rather than make a coherent argument toward anything other than the stale quip: “Trump should be impeached.”
In this light, Patillo’s assertion makes little sense, and if true, hints the Democratic party still hasn’t figured itself out organizationally.
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