Nancy Pelosi has won re-election in the House Democratic Conference as their leader. She had been challenged by Tim Ryan of Ohio who argued the Democrats needed to reconnect to blue collar white workers.
It was always going to be hard to defeat Nancy Pelosi, but the Democrats do have a real problem on their hand objectively.
The leadership of the Democratic Party is vastly older than the Republican leadership in the House. It’s leadership is actually far more liberal than the Republican leadership is conservative. The Democrats in the House are far less geographically diverse than the Republicans.
The ongoing Democratic leadership in the House plays into caricatures that voters decisively rejected in November. They are more elite, out of touch, and less able to relate to blue collar workers than ever before. The problem Democrats are going to have is success. That may seem a bit ironic to say, but they are going to fall into the same trap Republicans fell into in 2010.
Democrats are going to gain seats in 2018 as the party out of the White House typically does. Instead of viewing their wins that way, Democrats are just going to see it as affirmation that 2016 was a fluke and they will double down on cultural liberal imperialism, further alienating blue collar whites, conservative hispanics, and a growing number of black voters.
That is not a bad thing from my perspective. But it is clearly obvious and the Democrats are too arrogant to realize it.