Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.), a close confidant of Pelosi’s, acknowledged the tensions between the White House and House Democrats. “Not great. Not great,” Miller said. “Listen, this is a rough and tumble world, but I think their relationship with the caucus has not been good.”
But while Pelosi has been largely absent from the ongoing negotiations over lifting the debt ceiling, she may yet have a role to play, as it becomes clearer how difficult it will be to bring around enough Republican votes to pass it.
In other words, to the extent that House rightwingers don’t want to vote ‘yes’ on a debt ceiling bill the House Democratic minority becomes relevant again. Their votes may be needed to pass something, and the membership there is generally well to the left of where the White House has positioned itself. Among other things, it’s an additional roadblock to getting a deal done.