The relationship between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has not been warm. However, it appears the gloves are off now.
Pelosi has publicly savaged McCarthy as the midterm elections, which may leave her out of a job if Republicans retake the House, are just weeks away, the New York Times reported. The 82-year-old has been increasingly lashing out at McCarthy, perhaps in desperation.
The barbs have become more caustic as Pelosi potentially faces crushing defeat if the GOP can regain control of Congress. Pelosi has called McCarthy a "moron" and had strong words for him last week after he insisted she was not letting Democrats speak about the border crisis.
"I don't even know what he's talking about — and I don't know if he does," she said. She's even had her spokesman, Drew Hammill, excoriate McCarthy after McCarthy suggested "firing Nancy Pelosi."
Hammill claimed it was "about par for the course for an uninspiring and incoherent politician like the minority leader, whose only real accomplishment to date is typing up a radical right-wing wish list that sends a clear message to the American people that House Republicans have gone off the deep end." Although Pelosi and Hammill likely see these as marks against McCarthy, it instead reveals Pelosi's panic.
It also points to the general sentiment in the nation between Republicans and Democrats. "This disdain is really part and parcel of where we are in the country between the parties and between people," former majority leader and Missouri Democratic Rep. Richard Gephardt said.
"Congress is a reflection of the people. If the people are polarized and divided and hateful, then Congress is going to be the same," he added.
It appears Pelosi can read the writing on the wall as her political future hangs in the balance. Rather than being an adult about it, Pelosi is acting like a petulant child.