The Democrats came roaring out of the midterms.
They claimed a blue wave handed them a mandate to turn Donald Trump’s life upside down.
But that all came to a screeching halt when Nancy Pelosi notched this victory the Democrats will live to regret.
Democrats seized back power in the House of Representatives and immediately faced one giant problem – what to do with Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi has led the Democrat caucus in the House since 2003.
And she presided over the 2010, 2014, and 2016 Democrat wipeouts.
Under her watch, Democrats have shrunk to their fewest number of House members since the 1920s.
In the run up to the midterm elections, Republicans won seven of the eight Congressional special elections.
And they won the most competitive of these races – the contest in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District – because they framed the contest around a national referendum on Nancy Pelosi.
Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoff, despite Ossoff raising an unheard of $30 million for a Congressional race.
This election loss spooked a number of Democrats.
As a result, over 50 Democrats made opposing Pelosi as Speaker of the House a centerpiece of their Congressional campaigns.
When it became clear the Democrats would win back the House on Election Night, the talk in Washington immediately pivoted to Pelosi’s future.
The rebel Democrats who were opposing Pelosi had enough votes to deny her the Speaker’s gavel.
17 members of Congress signed a letter opposing her bid to become Speaker of the House a second time.
And since Democrats held 238 seats after the midterms, only 15 Democrats needed to defect and Pelosi was toast.
So the votes were there to stop her.
But Pelosi’s mindless quest for power won out.
All 238 Democrats voted in the caucus leadership election.
Pelosi won 203 votes for 85 percent support after she bought off her rivals with promises of Congressional perks and rule changes.
Pelosi installed Ohio’s Marcia Fudge – whom the anti-Pelosi forces tried to recruit as their candidate to challenge Pelosi – as the head of a new Congressional committee on voting.
In addition, the San Francisco Democrat wielded her clout as party boss to force through rule changes to how amendments are voted on in order to sway the votes of Democrats who are members of the Problem Solvers Caucus.
However, these new rules could actually end up benefitting the Republican minority because it will make it easier for members to offer amendments.
Previously, the amendment process operated under a closed rule, meaning that the House would only vote on amendments that were recommended by the committee reporting the bill.
Pelosi gloated over her victory telling reporters, “Are there dissenters? Yes. But I see this as a powerful vote of confidence.”
She must now win 218 votes on the floor of the House on January 3rd, but with no opponent and the opposition in tatters, pundits expect Pelosi to cruise to victory.
But this victory could come at a terrible price.
Exit polls from the midterm elections showed that Pelosi was more unpopular than Donald Trump.
Trump and the GOP need to make the best of a bad hand and they could not have asked for a more perfect foil than Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi is a San Francisco liberal managing a conference of lunatic leftists.
They want to tear Donald Trump to pieces with endless investigations and then impeach him.
Republicans are thrilled that Pelosi is the face of the new Democrat majority.
Her victory will allow Donald Trump to campaign against Pelosi and her radical Democrat majority when he runs for re-election.
Both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton suffered midterm wipeouts in their first term and still recovered to handily win re-election.
Trump can dust off that playbook for 2020.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.