- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016

On Thursday, Nancy Pelosi received an official challenge to her leadership of the House Democratic Caucus. But never fear, as she has an important ally in her fight: House Republicans.

In a post on their site, the National Republican Congressional Committee endorsed Mrs. Pelosi as minority leader, saying she was invaluable in putting the chamber in Republican hands.

“The NRCC would like to offer its full support to the embattled former Speaker of the House,” the House Republicans’ campaign arm wrote.

“Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats squandered their majority by forcing through unpopular legislation like Obamacare,” the NRCC continued. “After her party’s devastating 63 seat loss in the ensuing 2010 election, Pelosi miraculously maintained her spot as Democratic leader, which, predictably, led to the largest Republican majority since the 1920s.”

Mrs. Pelosi was formally challenged Thursday for her leadership post by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, who said the party needs new leadership after a series of disappointing election results that have kept Democrats in the minority since the 2010 Tea Party wave.

“No single person deserves more credit for House Republicans’ historic majority than Nancy Pelosi,” NRCC Communications Director Katie Martin said. “Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, House Democrats have become completely irrelevant, and there is no better way to ensure that remains the case than by keeping her as Minority Leader.”

The endorsement is probably satirical.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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