There is good news from the 2020 election after all. Not only has the so-called “blue wave” failed to materialize for Democrats in Congress, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may soon be riding off into the sunset.
Pelosi hinted that she may step down from her leadership position after serving the next Congress, Fox News reported Wednesday. The California Democrat has served in the House of Representatives as either Speaker or Minority Leader for her party since 2003.
A reporter had asked the California Democrat whether she’d abide by previous discussions regarding term limiting leadership positions. “When that conversation took place, there was a move to put limits on the leadership and chairs of committees,” Pelosi told the reporter. “They said they were going to do it. They didn’t do it. Whether it passes or not, I will abide by those limits that are there.”
The reporter pressed her as to whether she was making a “Shermanesque statement” to that effect. “I consider this a gift and I can’t wait to work with Joe Biden,” Pelosi eventually said. “I don’t want to undermine any leverage I have but I made that statement.”
KEY quote here: “I don’t want to undermine any leverage I may have, but I made the statement,” she said.
Pelosi is referring to the agreement she made in 2018 to only serve two more terms.
We broke that news 2 years ago if you need a refresher: https://t.co/WeJ9ldufeL
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Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues have again chosen her for the speakership unopposed, but she won’t be officially voted in until the 117th Congress convenes Jan. 3. The full House of Representatives will vote on the position, so Pelosi will need 218 votes out of a possible 435 which she is expected to have.
However, the Democratic party had a tough year with the octogenarian politician at the helm. Democrats may be looking at the slimmest majority in decades, leading 222 seats to Republicans’ 213 seats depending on how 11 outstanding races are eventually called.
Many centrist Democrats blamed Pelosi and her radicalism for the poor showing, while the far left think she hasn’t gone far enough to garner support from Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (D-VT) socialist crowd. Coupled with the fact that Pelosi held up a second coronavirus relief package, which Democrats are suddenly ready to renegotiate after the election, Democrats are in a worse position than they were just two years ago.
With Pelosi sticking around for one more term as Speaker of the House, it may turn out to be a boon for Republicans anyway. If the party keeps moving left and electing elderly politicians to the head of their party, Republicans could be in a much better position to pick up even more seats in the 2022 midterm elections.