It has become increasingly apparent that Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is the leader of her caucus in name only.
The real agenda-setters are the outspoken far-leftists that openly embrace socialism and are forming a growing bloc within the Democratic Party.
That far-left socialistic wing of the party is arguably led by three freshmen members of Congress — New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib — though a number of other members of the House and Senate, as well as several prominent Democratic 2020 candidates, are following the lead set by those three.
However, Pelosi hasn’t quit just yet, and attempted to push back on the notion that her party was embracing socialism while also dismissing the influence wielded by the outspoken young members during an appearance Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.”
CNN reported that Pelosi said, “I do reject socialism as a economic system. If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
But that assertion by Pelosi only elicited a hilarious brutal response from conservative Hollywood actor and social media firebrand James Woods, who let Pelosi know in his own inimitable way that she was no longer in charge of the Democratic Party.
Instead, as Woods pointed out, control of the party now seems to rest in the hands of the aforementioned freshmen congresswomen — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib — who received quite the descriptive hashtag from the actor.
“Honey, the #ThreeWitchesOfTheEast are the Democratic Party now. You’re a memorial postage stamp at best. ‘We are the captains now…,’” Woods tweeted in response to Pelosi’s claim.
That last line — “We are the captains now” — would seemingly be in reference to the self-assured line uttered by the lead Somali pirate to the character played by Tom Hanks in the hit movie “Captain Phillips,” based off the real-life story of a cargo ship — the Maersk Alabama — that was hijacked by said Somali pirates off the east coast of Africa in 2009.
Of course, the left will probably call that “racist” in light of the fact that Rep. Omar is from Somalia, but it is perhaps more apt than they’d prefer to admit, as Omar has indeed helped lead an increasingly hostile takeover of the cargo ship that is the Democratic Party’s House caucus and wrested control away from its nominal captain, Speaker Pelosi.
Furthermore, the left will certainly be irate and decry “sexism” that Woods referred to the three freshman congresswomen as “three witches,” but given the manner in which those three — along with plenty of others on the left — have routinely used hateful rhetoric and vitriolic name-calling against President Donald Trump and Republicans in general, they really have no room whatsoever to talk in that regard.
As for Pelosi being little more than a memorial stamp at the moment … Well, considering that she is the first woman speaker, she will undoubtedly be honored with a memorial stamp after she has handed over the reins of power, a transition that may come sooner than she had probably planned.
For her part, CNN noted that Pelosi tried to downplay and minimize the size and strength of the thinly-veiled rebellion against her leadership posed by the likes of Ocasio-Cortez, Omar and Tlaib, as she said of their openly socialistic progressive wing, “That’s, like, five people.”
Unfortunately for Pelosi, there are more than just “five people” who comprise the far-left progressive wing of her party, and they are setting the agenda these days, whether that be with the climate change-focused Green New Deal, single-payer Medicare for All health care, reparations for slavery, guaranteed basic incomes for everyone or the astonishingly totalitarian effort to squash all political speech that doesn’t align with the far-left’s values and views.
The speaker can try to dismiss the power and influence of Woods’ “#ThreeWitchesOfTheEast” but anyone who is paying attention knows that she has already lost control.
Barring any unexpected changes to the current trajectory of her party, Pelosi’s time remaining at the conn of the ship is drawing perilously short.
It remains to be seen how much longer the increasingly left-lurching party will tolerate Pelosi’s nominal position of control, but if she expects to retain her firm grip on power, she’d better make sure that her rebellious underlings don’t run the Democratic ship aground in the near future and ruin it for everyone.