Pelosi got 134 votes to Ryan’s 63 — winning 68 percent of the votes after declaring before the election that she had the support of two-thirds of the caucus. The victory sends a message that while there’s a growing appetite for major changes in the party’s leadership structure and messaging tactics, it’s not strong enough to loosen Pelosi’s grip on a liberal-heavy group that’s rarely challenged her authority.
After getting shellacked time and time again, the Democratic Party has chosen to stay the course. That bodes well for Republican prospects. This also indicates that the Democratic Party is becoming more and more radical. As long as they continue to focus all of their energies on fringe issues and not issues that actually matter to vast swaths of the American population, they will remain in the minority.